Kathryn Gustafson

Founding Principal


Kathryn Gustafson brings over 30 years of distinguished practice to her partnerships in two offices, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle and Gustafson Porter in London. Her diverse span of works are known as ground-breaking, contemporary designs that incorporate the sculptural, sensual qualities that are fundamental to the human experience of landscape.

Kathryn’s completed work from both firms includes Westergasfabriek Culture Park, in Amsterdam, Seattle City Hall Plaza, Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London. Kathryn’s current projects include Bay East, Gardens by the Bay, in Singapore, Valencia’s Parque Central, and Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, DC.

Kathryn lectures throughout the world and is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architecture, an honorary Royal Designer for Industry member, a medalist of the French Academy of Architecture, and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is the recipient of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, the Obayashi Prize, the ASLA Design Medal, the Chrysler Design Award, and London’s Jane Drew Prize. In 2011, Kathryn and her GGN partners received the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture.