News & Updates

8 January, 2018

Chouteau Greenway Competition Kickoff!

We are excited to have begun the Chouteau Greenway Competition in St Louis!  Our team spent...
13 December, 2017

W is chosen for the Chouteau Greenway Design Competition!

We are deeply honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen as one of four teams to...
4 December, 2017

Barbara Gives Lecture at University of Rhode Island

As a part of the University of Rhode Island's Landscape Architecture Lecture Series, which is...
30 November, 2017

Community Meeting Held for the Great Miami Riverfront Master Plan

Last night, W led the third public meeting for the Great Miami Riverfront Master Plan in Hamilton,...
13 November, 2017

St. Patrick's Island wins International Making Cities Livable Award!

St. Patrick’s Island Park in Calgary, designed by W Architecture & Landscape Architecture...
7 November, 2017

Winner of the 2018 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Announced

The winner of the 2018 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition has been...
6 November, 2017

Barbara on the jury for the Cincinnati Design Awards

Barbara was on the jury for the 21st annual Cincinnati Design Awards (CDA), which brings together...
6 October, 2017

'Intrude' and Invasive Species Show Open at Pyramid Hill

Large illuminated rabbit sculptures made by Amanda Parer will be unveiled at Pyramid Hill Sculpture...
3 October, 2017

First Great Miami Riverfront Master Plan Meeting Held

W led the first meeting for the Great Miami Riverfront Master Plan last night in Hamilton, OH! We...
2 October, 2017

First Public Meeting for Great Miami Riverfront Tonight

W is working on a Riverfront Master Plan for the Great Miami river in Hamilton, OH. Barbara was...

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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.