News & Updates

15 June, 2018

Cool New El Space Pilot in Gowanus

We applaud the Design Trust for their cool new Under the Elevated/El Space Pilot under the BQE...
13 June, 2018

W Starts Work on Bush Terminal

W has started design work on Bush Terminal! We are working with NYC EDC, Dewberry, and nArchitects...
7 June, 2018

Julian B. Lane Park Opening in World Landscape Architecture

The opening of Tampa's Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park was announced by World Landscape...
7 June, 2018

'Unknown New York - The City that Women Built' Film World Premiere

We were honored to have two of our projects - West Harlem Piers Park and 50 West - included in the...
4 June, 2018

Chouteau Greenway - One City Belonging to All

All of the final materials from the Chouteau Greenway competition in St. Louis have been posted....
14 May, 2018

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is Officially Open!

Saturday was the Grand Opening of the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, our project with Civitas of...
11 May, 2018

Wavertree wins ENR NY Award

The Wavertree restoration won the 2017 Specialty Contract Best Project award from...
7 May, 2018

NY Restoration Project Team Completes the 5 Boro Bike Tour

Barbara rode with the New York Restoration Project in the 5 Boro Bike Tour yesterday! The tour is a...
1 May, 2018

New Streetscape Plan for Hudson St. Unveiled

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) and Department of Transportation (NYC...
23 April, 2018

Barbara Joins McHarg Center Advisory Board at UPenn

Barbara has joined the advisory board of the Ian McHarg Center at the University of Pennsylvania:...

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A visitor to a place is a participant in that place. Recognizing this, we believe creating landscapes and architecture that offer unexpected opportunities for access and engagement can elevate the human experience, triggering reflection, awareness, and action on the part of visitors. Well-designed places can result in more sustainable relationships between ourselves, our communities, and the earth.

What We Do

At W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, we create meaningful places where city and nature come together and form new relationships. These new relationships work at multiple scales, connecting communities to one another, people to place, and places to natural systems. We have particular expertise working with urban waterfront sites, transforming neglected, marginal areas into vital places for people to gather and experience a diversity of life.

Our work is evolutionary: our designs are rooted in context, -yet the effect can be catalytic. Our designs unlock potential for positive change and healthier, resilient communities. We grow places by examining the forces that exist at a site, creating new relationships that encompass physical, social, temporal, and political realms.

Who We Are

Barbara Wilks founded W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 1999. With an international team of urban designers, architects, and landscape architects, we are able to bring an unusual breadth of capabilities to every job. With this professional diversity, we have an innately holistic approach to work, generating solutions that simultaneously solve challenges of scale, scope, and budget. Based in New York City, our award-winning projects are found throughout the world.