News & Updates

16 February, 2017

W Leads Community Meeting for Shoelace Park

On Tuesday, W led a public community meeting for construction and improvements of the greenway in...
13 February, 2017

Restaurant Row Breaks Ground!

The groundbreaking for Restaurant Row, a gateway improvement that will provide wayfinding and a...
23 January, 2017

Barbara Speaking Tonight at UPenn

Barbara is speaking and leading a discussion on W's recent work at UPenn's Myerson Hall...
19 January, 2017

Construction is Underway at Tampa's Riverfront Park

Construction is in full force at Tampa's Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park! The city of Tampa has...
16 January, 2017

Curling on St. Patrick's Island

Citizens of Calgary have something new to look forward to every winter - curling on St....
21 December, 2016

W Included in Oculus Feature: The Drama of the Commons

We were honored to be included in the Oculus feature The Drama of the Commons: Engaging the...
6 December, 2016

All Piles Installed for the Empire Pier at The Edge in Williamsburg!

All piles for the Empire Pier have been installed at the Edge Park in Williamsburg. The piles were...
5 December, 2016

Barbara Interviewed by Brainard Carey for Yale University Radio

Barbara was interviewed by Brainard Carey for Yale University's radio station, WYBCX....
1 December, 2016

Humpback Whale Spotted in New York Harbor

We think this is really cool - a humpback whale was spotted in the New York Harbor! The whale made...
18 November, 2016

Invasive Plant Removal Begins at Shore Parkway

Invasive plant removal began this fall at Shore Parkway! Shore Parkway is a 1+ mile long landscape...

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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.