News & Updates

15 January, 2019

Images from the Climate Council Trip


Images from the three day retreat with the Van Alen Institue's Climate Council addressing "An...
7 January, 2019

Van Alen Climate Council Trip


Barbara Wilks is heading to Sacramento this week with the Van Alen Institute as a member of...
3 January, 2019

'Unknown New York - The City that Women Built' Film Screening


There will be an additional screening of Beverly Willis' documentary on the contributions of...
18 December, 2018

West Street, Greenpoint Site Visit


The waterfront park at 27-41 West Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is now under construction. The...
10 December, 2018

St. Petersburg Pier site visit!


Checked in our project in St. Petersburg Florida this weekend. Construction on the pier approach...
4 December, 2018

2018 Best of Design Awards Honorable Mention for Temporary Installation: 85 Broad Street Ground Mura


85 Broad Street Ground Mural, W Architecture's concept as implemented by FXCollaborative...
19 November, 2018

The Morton Street Bulkhead Restoration is Underway!


Construction is underway at the Morton Street Upland Park Restoration project! Located along the...
16 November, 2018

Restaurant Row Lights Up NYC's Snow Day


Restaurant Row's streetscape, designed by W and commissioned by the Times Square Alliance, lit...
13 November, 2018

Form of Wander Added to Tampa's Active Waterfront


Form of Wander, a twisting tree-like structure that appears to float between water and land, has...
2 November, 2018

Are we the 'last generation' that can save nature?


The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has issued a new report warning that global wildlife populations have...

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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.