News & Updates

21 September, 2018

West Street Waterfront Park Under Construction

The public park we designed on the East River at 27-41 West Street in Greenpoint is now under...
20 September, 2018

50 West Street is Complete!

Our public plaza and roof terrace at 50 West Street are now complete! The plaza was designed and...
17 September, 2018

St. Patrick's Island at Night

Check out this photo taken by Benny Lau @bennyklau of St. Patrick's Island at night!...
31 August, 2018

McHarg Center Board Meeting in Philadelphia

Barbara was in Philadelphia for the McHarg Center board meeting and evening lecture by May Boeve,...
31 August, 2018

The Melting Arctic and Extreme Weather

One of Barbara's fellow board members at the McHarg Center, Jeff Goodell, wrote an article on...
29 August, 2018

Public Space Potluck Held at West Harlem Piers Park

A public space potluck hosted by the Design Trust for Public Space was held last week at West...
14 August, 2018

Jefferson Chalmers Framework Plan Focus Group Meets in Detroit

W is busy working on the Jefferson Chalmers Neighborhood Framework Plan in Detroit, MI! We recently...
6 August, 2018

Janet Echelman Sculpture will be added to St. Pete Pier Approach

An aerial net sculpture by Tampa-born artist Janet Echelman will be installed at the St....
27 July, 2018

W Starts the AIA Zero Waste Challenge

W is participating in the AIA NY's Zero Waste Challenge! The Zero Waste Challenge is an...
23 July, 2018

Van Alen Institute's Climate Council Members Focus on Designing for the Future of Food

Barbara, along with the other members of the Van Alen Institute's Climate Council, spent part...

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What We Believe

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.