News & Updates

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...
10 July, 2018

St. Petersburg Pier Approach Under Construction

The new St. Petersburg, FL pier approach is under construction! Check out this aerial photo showing...
9 July, 2018

85 Broad Street Installation Moves Ahead

We are happy that our idea for a new temporary paving 'wrap' at 85 Broad Street is moving...
2 July, 2018

Canarsie West Trail Connector Opens!

The Canarsie West Trail Connector - a new bike path that connects Canarsie to the Jamaica Bay...
29 June, 2018

W Welcomes Visitors for Open House NY

We opened our office up to visitors from Open House New York's event Making Place: Downtown...
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...

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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.