Crocuses Bloom at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Washington, DC (March 14, 2016) This past fall, GGN oversaw the planting of 382,616 crocus corms at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The crocuses are now in bloom.

One of the Museum’s themes is “Hope and Optimism,” and the crocus field communicates this uplifting aspect of the Museum’s mission by being the first thing to bloom on the National Mall. Once established, these flowers should bloom annually during Black History Month. In African American culture, the color blue is traditionally a color of protection, so the crocuses’ blue tone symbolizes passing through a threshold into a safe place. Passing into a welcoming place is an important concept in the Museum’s landscape design, and this is why the blooming crocuses are an important part of GGN landscape story.

India Basin Waterfront Jury Selects GGN

San Francisco, CA (February 27, 2016) The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department and the Trust for Public Land, in partnership with San Francisco Parks Alliance, announced today the winner of a design ideas competition, to draw up the plans for the India Basin Waterfront Parks. The competition, sponsored by a generous donation from Build Inc., called for proposals to reimagine the India Basin waterfront as a spectacular and seamless 1.5-mile-long network of public parks on the City’s southeast shoreline.  

“We are honored to be entrusted to work with India Basin's neighbors and visitors, to enhance the things that people already treasure about this gem of a site,” said Shannon Nichol, founding principal of GGN. “India Basin includes a rare expanse of original tideflats and preserved boatyard architecture. Our approach to the competition further softened the shoreline, added walking routes across Innes Avenue between the water and the neighborhood, and sized the park's spaces for everyday activities. We look forward to working with the community to test and hone that initial approach with the full input of neighbors and the people who will be using this park every day.”

The GGN competition team includes  Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), civil engineer specializing in water resource strategies; Rana Creek, ecological restoration designer; Greenlee and Associates, horticulturalist specializing in meadow design; Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, historic preservation architects; and Alta Planning + Design, transportation planners. 

Lizzie Johnson reported on this story in today's San Francisco Chronicle. 

Update: J. Michael Welton of Architects + Artisans published an article on March 1 titled “ In San Francisco, GGN’s Light Touch .” On March 16, Jason Sayer of the Architect's Newspaper wrote Gustafson Guthrie Nichol to Design San Francisco Shoreline Parks at the India Basin Waterfront.

Groundbreaking at the Norton Museum of Art Expansion

West Palm Beach, FL (February 8, 2016) Kathryn Gustafson attended this weekend's groundbreaking ceremony for the new expansion at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. The master plan being developed by Foster + Partners and GGN will restore the original axial layout of the Museum, with the careful preservation of an 80-year old Banyan tree lending its iconic stature to the new entry. GGN’s landscape design for the 6.3-acre campus helps create the sense of a museum within a garden.

The groundbreaking has been covered by many news sources, including Dezeen.

India Basin Design Ideas Competition

San Francisco, CA (January 19, 2016) The India Basin Design Ideas Competition boards have been posted to the competition website. The GGN team – which includes Rana Creek, Greenlee & Associates, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, Alta Planning & Design, and Magnusson Klemenicic & Associates – is pleased to be one of five finalists, along with AECOM, Surfacedesign, Inc, SWA and Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects, and Tom Leader Studio. 

Public presentations by each of the teams will take place in San Francisco on Tuesday, January 26. The first will be from 12:30 – 2:00pm at SPUR, 654 Mission Street. The second will be from 5:30 – 7:00pm at Bret Harte Elementary, 1035 Gilman Avenue. The design ideas are also on exhibit at the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park from January 13 - February 13. More information about how to become involved is available on the project website.

The India Basin Design Ideas Competition is led by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and The Trust for Public Land, sponsored by Build Inc., and in partnership with San Francisco Parks Alliance. 

Expressions of Landscape, Kathryn Gustafson

Seatte, WA (December 1, 2015) Peter Miller and Suyama Space are hosting a celebration and book signing on Tuesday, December 8 from 5:30-7:00pm. The very first copies of the a+u special edition Expressions of Landscape, Kathryn Gustafson are being shipped from the printer in Japan to arrive for the event. Thaisa Way, herself a noted landscape author and professor at the University of Washington, has written the text and will be joining us. The introduction is by Toshiko Mori, architect and professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Kathryn will be on hand to sign these very first copies – it will be the first look for everyone at this extraordinary new publication.

Photo: Sara Zewde and Washington Fajardo

Sara Zewde at Studio-X Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (November 20, 2015) Yesterday Sara Zewde presented her design for the Circuit of African Heritage in downtown Rio de Janeiro at Studio X Rio. She began this project as a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and she continues to work in partnership with IRPH Instituto Rio Patrimônio da Humanidade (Rio World Heritage Institute) and Washington Fajardo. NextCity's extensive article and interview with Sara is available here.

Jennifer Guthrie Named President-Elect of the Landscape Architecture Foundation

Washington, DC (November 19, 2015) – Jennifer Guthrie has been named President-Elect of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. 

“We are delighted to have Jennifer in this critical leadership role at such a historic time, as LAF moves into its 50th anniversary and the launch of several major initiatives,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch. "Jennifer’s experience, energy and business savvy will be invaluable as we scale up to make a greater impact.”

More information is available on the LAF News Blog.

Defining Trends in Landscape Architecture

Seattle, WA (November 18, 2015) "Sometimes there's magic when everyone's blank slate happens at the same time and you're working together to craft a story about the land," said Shannon Nichol during last night’s event at Town Hall Seattle. The panel discussion, “Defining Trends in Landscape Architecture,” featured Kevin Kudo-King of Olson Kundig, Sandy Fischer of Land Morphology, Randy Allworth of Allworth Design, Shannon Nichol of GGN, and Richard Hartlage of Land Morphology (shown left to right above).

The event highlighted the launch of Richard’s and Sandy’s new book The Authentic Garden published by the Monacelli Press. 

Milestone event at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Washington, DC (November 17, 2015) - In anticipation of the grand opening next fall, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture hosted a kick-off event last night. The GGN design team of Chihiro Shinohara Donovan, Jill Fortuna, Kathryn Gustafson, and Rodrigo Abela joined in the celebration.
“The National Museum of African American History and Culture shone a light Monday on a major milestone — the completion of exterior construction — by lighting up the museum itself,” reported Lavanya Ramanathan
for today’s Washington Post

ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting and Expo

Chicago, IL (November 9, 2015) - Gustafson Guthrie Nichol participated in several panels and special events at the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago, IL.

Shannon Nichol served on the ASLA Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee, and she was also a panelist on “The Devil is in the Details: Documenting and Delivering a Legacy Project.” Bernie Alonzo moderated “Sustainable Water Systems at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” and he was a panelist on “A Varied Palette: Design and Function of Natural Water Features.” Jennifer Guthrie was a panelist on a “Breaking the Mold: The Inspirational Workplace,” and Kathryn Gustafson was a panelist on “The Innovative Use of Metal and Stone in the Contemporary Landscape.”

As a new member of the Council of Fellows, Kathryn Gustafson and her class were honored for their work, leadership, knowledge, and service at the ASLA Council of Fellows Investiture Dinner. Jennifer Guthrie, an officer of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, attended LAF’s 30th Annual Benefit: Starry Night at Adler Planetarium. Cass Salzwedel donated her handcrafted design, “Arid Aerial Bracelet,” to the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Eleventh Annual Silent Auction.

Photo: Jean Sherrard and Paul Dorpat

Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA (October 24, 2015) – Renowned Seattle historian, Paul Dorpat, was interviewed by his collaborator Jean Sherrard at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, designed by GGN to evoke its natural history. Today's Seattle Times / Pacific Magazine's Seattle Now & Then includes Dorpat and Sherrard's dramatic comparison of historic and new photos of this site. 

Yakima Central Plaza receives Citation Award

Yakima, WA (October 16) - This evening Yakima Central Plaza received a Citation Award from AIA Central Washington.

“What a welcoming, multi-functional space. . . . the water feature will be most welcome from May into October, the broiling months. And the market structure is both farmlike and contemporary," noted the awards jury."This project represents a thoughtful and inspired series of ideas to enhance the community environment of Yakima.”

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol is working closely on this project with Graham Baba Architects and Magnusson Klemencic Associates. 

Jordan Bell, Kara Weaver, Brett Baba, Bernie Alonzo, and Joan Walbert accepted the award.

Sara Zewde presents at Harvard's "Black in Design" conference

Cambridge, MA (October 10, 2015) – Today Sara Zewde will present at the Black in Design conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. "Dedicated to the pursuit of just and equitable spaces across all scales, this conference will broach conversations in increasing orders of magnitude: the building, the neighborhood, the city, the region, and the globe." Sara's presentation will take place during the City session with Justin Garrett Moore, Liz Ogbu, and Sherri Franklin.

Update: On October 21, Petra Marar reported on the conference, quoting Sara in her article for The Dirt, Harvard’s "Black in Design” Conference: Addressing Social Injustice with Design.

Sara Zewde presents at Design for Equity

Seattle, WA (September 24, 2015) - Sara Zewde asked "Who is fighting for equitable access to delight?" during her Design for Equity presentation this evening. Through examples of her design work in Freedmen’s Town, the 4th Ward neighborhood of Houston, Texas, Sara explored the challenges designers face within the discourse of equity.
The event was hosted by Pecha Kucha Seattle in partnership with Design in Public, the Northwest African American Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Public Library, the City of Seattle Department of Planning, Urban Land Institute Northwest, Forterra, and the Seattle Architecture Foundation. It took place at the Seattle Central Library.

GGN Announces Promotions

Seattle, WA (September 14, 2015) – Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) is pleased to announce the promotion of several key team members.

Tess Schiavone was promoted to Principal. Jill Fortuna, Lynda Olson, Cass Salzwedel, and Emily Scott were promoted to Senior Associates. Annelise Aldrich, Jordan Bell, Chihiro Shinohara Donovan, Patrick Keegan, Makie Suzuki, and Yuichiro Tsutsumi were promoted to Associates. Selina Hunstiger, Bryn Kepler, Ju Liu, and Katia Rios were promoted to Designers.

Learn more
 about each of these individuals.

GGN Announces New Hires

Seattle, WA (September 14, 2015) – Several talented individuals have joined the staff of landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). 

Meg Herndon joined as an Associate, and Jasmine Aryana joined as a Project Manager. Michael Benson, Kristelle Boulos, Peter Malandra, Philip Syvertsen, Joan Walbert, and Sara Zewde joined GGN as Designers, with Aria Goodman joining as Graphic Designer. Mary Lange and Laurel Li joined the team as Design Interns. Caitlin Jorgensen and Adrienne Leach joined as Administrators.

Learn more about each of these individuals.

University of Washington Lower Rainier Vista Opens

Seattle, WA (July 13, 2015) - Today Lynn Porter of the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) announced the opening of the University of Washington Lower Rainier Vista. Named for its view to Mt. Rainier, the Rainier Vista is a half-mile long pedestrian mall that visually connects Red Square to Mt. Rainier through Drumheller Fountain. It is a historic component of the University of Washington’s campus layout, and the “fountain to mountain” experience is a memorable one for generations of the university and broader communities. 
Highlights of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol’s design include careful grading of the landform and a land bridge which references the gothic architecture of the University’s campus. Improved pedestrian and biking paths accommodate the Burke-Gilman Trail and allow easy access to Montlake Triangle and Husky Stadium.
"This project is about setting up a fitting, campus-quality bone structure for this place within an intersection of many transportation modes," said Founding Principal Shannon Nichol. "The project utilizes a rediscovered corner of the UW campus to complete the historic Vista monument while serving the intersecting routes of people arriving or passing through this busy place on foot, via light rail and buses, on bicycles, and in cars."
The Seattle DJC article by Lynn Porter can be read online with a subscription. The Seattle Bike Blog also covered the opening in an article by Tom Fucoloro, 
"The magnificent new UW Burke-Gilman Trail opens."

Update: Writing for the Huffington Post, J. Michael Welton of Architects + Artisans published an article on July 23 titled “In Seattle, Framing Mount Rainier.” On July 28, The Daily published an article by Mohammed Kloub titled "The fountain and the mountain, a little closer." The Washington Park Arboretum published an article by Phil Wood in the Fall 2015 issue.

Photo: DeepRoot

The Street as the Future Opportunity

San Francisco, CA (June 29, 2015) DeepRoot has released a video featuring David Malda explaining how Gustafson Guthrie Nichol is rethinking downtown streets. The video, “The Street as the Future Opportunity – Perspectives on the Right-of-Way,” is one of several discussions developed during a recent design charrette hosted by DeepRoot and the Landscape Architecture Foundation in Seattle, WA.
During this short 3-minute video, David outlines GGN’s streets philosophy and inquiry. "As we're thinking about streets and trying to approach them as landscapes, we're seeing that this has got to be a broader discussion than just a narrow strip of planting... this has got to be about the whole idea of a street and how people think about cities. What do we expect from our downtown?"

The charrette was the topic of two blog posts: “Sustaining nature and natural processes in the ultra-urban environment” by Matthew Alcide of Land8 and “When ‘Parking’ Meant ‘Space for Trees’” by Michelle Richmond of DeepRoot.

Kathryn Gustafson Receives Honorary Doctorate

Valencia, Spain (June 24, 2015)Today, Kathryn Gustafson received an honorary doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain.

Kathryn Gustafson Elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

Washington, DC (June 23, 2015) – Today the American Society for Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced that Kathryn Gustafson has been elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows, one of the highest honors a landscape architect may receive. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, November 6-9, in Chicago.

Today’s ASLA announcement noted that Kathryn received her nomination from the Washington Chapter. The announcement stated that Kathryn "is working throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Her methodology empowers others, and her design process centers on rigorous site analysis. She shapes sensually pleasing and beguilingly simple landforms as the basis of her design. Her landscapes can be dramatic or remarkably understated. She believes passionately in the importance of everyday, public spaces and their ability to foster civic responsibility.”

Photo: The Norton Museum of Art

The Norton Museum of Art Announces Landscape Architect for Foster + Partners Expansion

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (April 30, 2015) – The Norton Museum of Art today announced that Kathryn Gustafson of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol will be the landscape architect for its new expansion designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners, under the direction of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol will transform the parking lot at the main entrance on the Museum’s south side into a 9,000-square-foot sculpture garden as well as add landscape amenities throughout the Museum grounds.
“We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol to the design team for the Norton’s expansion,” said Hope Alswang, director and CEO of the Norton Museum. “The new sculpture garden will provide a welcoming space for our visitors, and an optimal open-air venue for our popular Art After Dark program with live music, lectures, and film screenings.”

Read the full announcement here.

The City: Beautiful | Gustafson Guthrie Nichol at The Cleveland Mall

COLUMBUS, OH (March 24, 2015) – Tomorrow evening is the opening reception for the exhibit The City: Beautiful | Gustafson Guthrie Nichol at The Cleveland Mall at the Knowlton School’s Banvard Gallery. The 7:00pm opening reception is timed to follow the Baumer Lecture Series presentation by Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol, who are the Spring 2015 Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professors

The exhibit is a collaboration between GGN and Landscape Architecture students at Ohio State University. The show documents GGN’s work on The Cleveland Mall and attempts to situate and contextualize The Cleveland Group Plan within the larger canon of the City Beautiful Movement – an urban design movement that had major ramifications for many American cities at the turn of the century. Ohio State student drawings included in the show capture and analyze the physical changes that have occurred within the boundaries of the Group Plan over the last century.

The Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and admission is free. The exhibit runs through April 10.

Baumer Lecture at the Knowlton School

COLUMBUS, OH (March 24, 2015) –  Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol will present a lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. The lecture is free and open to the public. Guthrie and Nichol are the Spring 2015 Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professors at the Knowlton School. 

As part of the Knowlton School’s commitment to bringing the highest level of design thinking to its students and the community at large, the Baumer Lecture Series invites prominent researchers and practitioners of architecture, landscape architecture and city planning to present their work in a variety of areas. These lectures offer technical, cultural and theoretical understanding of the contemporary built environment and represent the contemporary and future state of the art in design thinking.

The Baumer Lecture Series is made possible from support provided by the Herbert Baumer Fund.

2015 Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professors

COLUMBUS, OH (January 28, 2015) – It was announced this week that Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol are the Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professors at the Knowlton School at Ohio State University during the spring 2015 semester.

Seminar students will visit Cleveland this week with Shannon and GGN Senior Associate David Malda. In February, students will travel to the GGN offices in Seattle and tour several GGN-designed landscapes. In March, Shannon and Jennifer will teach in the Glimcher Seminar in the school’s Landscape Architecture Section and give a public presentation as part of the Baumer Lecture Series. An exhibit at the school's Banvard Gallery is also planned.

For more than a decade, the Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professorship is held each year by an internationally acclaimed practitioner in the field of landscape architecture. Previous Glimcher Professors have included Michel Desvigne, Adriaan Geuze, Tom Leader, Peter Walker and Michael Van Valkenburgh.

Photo: GGN / Studio 216

New Civic Park Design Revealed for Hemisfair in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TX (December 17, 2014) – This morning, several San Antonio news sources are reporting on the design for the civic park at Hemisfair. The Gustafson Guthrie Nichol team unveiled the design for the new 16-acre civic park last night at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The public presentation shared the design team’s research of the city and the region, specifics of the park’s features, and conceptual renderings of the civic park.

The Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) has shepherded the development of the civic park’s program with active community participation through public work sessions and surveys. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol participated in this outreach, and the publicly generated programming ideas formed the foundation of the design process.
The Gustafson Guthrie Nichol design creates a place that fits San Antonio’s life, character, and vision. "San Antonio's unique culture is rooted in a rich heritage of outdoor gathering,” said Founding Principal Kathryn Gustafson. “The civic park presents a new capacity for the city's greatest celebrations while also establishing the foundation for new urban growth and connections."

Learn more in reports by Katherine Nickas for the Rivard Report, Benjamin Olivo for the San Antonio Express News, and Stephanie Serna for KSAT TV-12. [Also Aaron Seward for The Architect's Newspaper, published April 2015.]

Long Beach Civic Center Team Selected

LONG BEACH, CA (December 9, 2014) – The Press-Telegram reported today that "Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners has been tapped to develop a new Civic Center through a public-private partnership blending residential units, retail shops, restaurants and a hotel with government facilities in shared space."

GGN is part of the Plenary-Edgemoor team. "The committee strongly preferred Plenary-Edgemoor’s design as 'cohesive' and 'attractive,' with crucial design goals fulfilled such as the placement of a civic plaza between the government buildings, and integrating the Main Library and Lincoln Park into the urban surroundings."

Read the full article here.

Chromer Building Parklet: A Platform for Design in Seattle

SEATTLE, WA (December 3, 2014) – Today Seattle’s first Downtown parklet opened for public use. The Chromer Building Parklet, located just a block from Pike Place Market at 1516 Second Avenue in the heart of Downtown, was designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and built by Krekow Jennings. Developer Urban Visions invested in the urban parklet nestled between Pike and Pine streets.
In addition to providing much-needed, comfortable, and free places to sit for the many people who visit the popular food trucks and takeout businesses in the Pike Place Market area, the Chromer Building Parklet will also serve as a flexible, central platform for Seattle’s design community. 
“Parklets are useful because they are small, exciting transformations that can be applied independently of more substantial work, on top of the existing surface of a street. They can go specifically where property owners and neighbors request and initiate them,” said Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Founding Principal Shannon Nichol. "The City's parklet program is well-aligned with the Downtown Seattle Association's Pike-Pine Renaissance Streetscape Plan, in which avenues become greener, more richly used ‘rooms’ with great places to sit – including parklets.” 

More information can be found in articles by Josh Feit of PubliCola at Seattle Met and Sam Lubell of The Architect's Newspaper.

Photo: Obayashi Foundation

Kathryn Gustafson Receives the Obayashi Prize

TOKYO, JP (November 19, 2014) – Today landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson received the eighth Obayashi Prize from the Obayashi Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. The Obayashi Foundation is dedicated to support comprehensive, interdisciplinary research related to cities. Previous recipients of the prize have included the economist Paul Krugman, the curator Germain Viatte, and the urban planner Zhou Ganzhi.

The Obayashi Foundation noted the reasons for selecting Kathryn Gustafson. “During her career Ms. Kathryn Gustafson has contributed numerous works to the world of landscape architecture. By perceptively reading the ecological, cultural, and historical attributes of the land and sculpting spaces that evoke a sense of unity with the site, her works let those who gather there feel physically and spiritually at one with the land, promoting integration of people and space and creating places that enrich our lives. The key to her skill lies in making the most of the special allure of the land to craft a new place, rather than simply continuing to remodel spaces with no regard to what has gone before.

“. . . Ms. Gustafson’s ideas, which focus on designing landscapes and places to revitalize our relationships with the spaces around us, have had a profound impact on people involved with various aspects of cities. Her many achievements based on these concepts help to fulfill the mission of our foundation and are truly worthy of the Obayashi Prize.”

Photo: Timothy Hursley

2014 National ASLA Award of Excellence in General Design

SEATTLE, WA (September 29, 2014) – Today the American Society of Landscape Architecture announced that Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has received the singular Award of Excellence in General Design for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus.

“The Award of Excellence is a wonderful honor for our team and for this outstanding client,” said Founding Principal Shannon Nichol. “For eight years, we worked closely with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NBBJ, and our other collaborators, forming, testing, and fine-tuning this campus landscape design – both above and below the surface. In the spirit of the Foundation's work, the landscape is designed to be boldly welcoming, warmly textured, and precisely detailed. New solutions for water handling and habitat creation were integrated into welcoming spaces for people.”

The landscape design is “a new model for an urban campus, where craft, beauty, and green technology all come together,” stated a jury member commenting on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus. Another jury member remarked, “It’s a beautiful landscape in the very active way they make sure employees walk through the place, and it’s wonderfully crafted.”

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has also received a national Honor Award in Analysis and Planning for Unified Ground: Union Square – National Mall Competition.
More information about these awards is available on the ASLA website.

Photo: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol / Methanoia

2014 ASLA Honor Award in Analysis and Planning

WASHINGTON, DC (September 29, 2014) – Today the American Society of Landscape Architecture announced that Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has received an Honor Award in Analysis and Planning for Unified Ground: Union Square – National Mall Competition.

Principal Rodrigo Abela commented, "Our design greatly improves the connections between the National Mall and the Capitol grounds. That connectivity enhances the monumental character of the site while simultaneously giving it a more human scale that will bring life and activity to Union Square and make it a vital part of the Capitol city."

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has also received the singular 2014 ASLA Award of Excellence in General Design for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus. More information about these awards is available on the ASLA website.

Hemisfair Civic Park Public Workshop

SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 30, 2014) – Yesterday Gustafson Guthrie Nichol presented three design options for the Hemisfair Civic Park. Over 200 people attended the public workshop to ask questions and give feedback about the Park’s design.
Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC), introduced the design team. Kathryn Gustafson, founding principal of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), presented the team’s design ideas, along with Drew Gangnes, senior principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates. Joined by several members of GGN’s Seattle office, the design team interacted with 20 round tables led by volunteer facilitators.
Civic engagement is a vital part of the design process. Last year, the public helped produce the Civic Park Vision and Programming Plan, which became the foundation for the design options presented at yesterday’s public meeting. Then during yesterday's meeting, each round table evaluated the design concepts and identified common themes with the help of a volunteer facilitator, who presented each group’s preferences and concerns to the room. This information will inform Gustafson Guthrie Nichol’s final design. 
Learn more about the public workshop in this article by Iris Dimmick for the Rivard Report.

The Lurie Garden Turns 10

CHICAGO, IL (July 16, 2014) – In celebration of the Lurie Garden’s 10th year anniversary, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol composed a short video about the landscape design process. The Lurie Garden opened on July 16, 2004 in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park. The garden hosts 1.5 million visitors a year while offering daily respite to nearby residents and professionals.
The video “The Lurie Garden Turns 10” includes a time-lapse of drawings that show the evolution of the Lurie Garden design. Also featured are short clips of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol founding principals Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie, and Shannon Nichol discussing the Lurie Garden design process.
The credits include a thank you to the client, Millennium Park, Inc. and the project team, including perennial plantsman Piet Oudolf and theater set designer Robert Israel. 

The video can be viewed on Vimeo.

Shannon Nichol and Jennifer Guthrie Elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

DENVER, CO (June 17, 2014) – Today the American Society for Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced that Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol have both been elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows, one of the highest honors a landscape architect may receive. The investiture ceremony will take place during the Annual Meeting and EXPO in Denver on November 23, 2014. Jennifer and Shannon founded Gustafson Guthrie Nichol together in 1999 with Kathryn Gustafson, and they are known for their collaborative approach to design.
Today’s announcement noted that both Jennifer and Shannon received their nominations for Works from the Washington Chapter. Of the thirty-two landscape architects elevated to the Council of Fellows, six were nominated by the Washington Chapter, including Peter Hummel, Terrance Reckord, Nancy Rottle, and Margaret Rose Staeheli. 

The full announcement can be viewed here.

Kathryn Gustafson Receives Honorary AIA Seattle Membership

SEATTLE, WA (May 31, 2014) – This evening, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle will recognize Kathryn Gustafson with an honorary membership. Each year, AIA Seattle honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by the Fellows & Honors committee in recognition of leadership and achievement in design and the built environment. In nominating Kathryn, the Fellows & Honors Committee noted her "world-class body of work that celebrates history, place, and the fusion of the myriad disciplines coming together to define the built environment."
Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle is a not-for-profit professional association of architects, allied professionals, and laypeople. The AIA Seattle announcement about the 2014 honorees can be viewed here

Photo: Rebecca Fuchs, Rula Awwad-Rafferty, EDRA Chair of the Board of Directors, and Kara Weaver

2014 Great Places Awards Ceremony

NEW ORLEANS, LA (May 28, 2014) – This evening, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) received the 2014 Great Places Awards from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in the Place Planning category.

GGN Associates Rebecca Fuchs and Kara Weaver accepted the award on behalf of the GGN design team, the Downtown Seattle Association, and the other project consultants, including BDS Planning & Urban Design, Framework, Toole Design Group, Downtown Works, and ECONorthwest. GGN’s Shannon Nichol is the project’s lead designer.

Pike-Pine Renaissance Wins 2014 Great Places Award

SEATTLE, WA (May 14, 2014) - Today it was announced that the Pike-Pine Renaissance by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol is one of six exemplary projects in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and urban design that have been named winners of the 2014 Great Places Awards by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). This is the second year in a row that Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has received the EDRA Award in the Place Planning category, having been recognized for Unified Ground: Union Square - National Mall Competition in 2013.
The Pike-Pine Renaissance, sponsored by the Downtown Seattle Association, was developed from a call for design guidelines for downtown streets and has expanded to a much larger advocacy for the street as the city’s greatest public space. Building on the numerous plans already in place, the team at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) focused on broadening expectations of what it would mean to meet the client’s goals of making Seattle “America’s Best Urban Experience." In addition to GGN, other project consultants included Framework, Toole Design Group, BDS Planning & Urban Design, Downtown Works, and ECONorthwest.

For a full list of award recipients and information about the esteemed jury of research and design professionals, please visit

Photo: Daniel Schwartz

Park at CityCenter Opens to Spring Activity

WASHINGTON, DC (April 23, 2014) – The newly opened Park at CityCenter, designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, is launching its robust public activation program with exercise classes on Tuesday evenings. Providing park space that encourages community-minded activities is one of the many ways that Gustafson Guthrie Nichol’s design reconnects a former mega-block back into the city’s urban structure.
Designed to feel comfortable and welcoming at all times, the Park at CityCenter embraces the mixed-use, street-oriented, retail environment of CityCenterDC. Two fountains frame the experience of entering the park with the site and sound of moving water. “The fountains’ undulating stone surfaces can be enjoyed year-round – even when the water is turned off. The sculpted, textured stonework accentuates the water's flow and creates beautiful shadow patterns that change throughout the day," said Rodrigo Abela, design principal.
“The Park at CityCenter has already shown that it was well-conceived to host community events, and we look forward to utilizing it for further programming throughout the year as an amenity to the Project and the entire Downtown community,” said Howard Riker, Hines Managing Director.

Additional images of the Park at CityCenter can be viewed here.

Photo: An orchard in Yakima, WA

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Selected to Design Downtown Yakima Central Plaza

YAKIMA, WA (March 27, 2014) Today the City of Yakima announced that Seattle-based landscape architect Gustafson Guthrie Nichol is designing the Downtown Yakima Central Plaza in Yakima, Washington. The plaza will transform a parking lot into a welcoming, interactive public space at the heart of a vibrant community.
GGN’s design effort will be led by founding principal Kathryn Gustafson and principal Bernie Alonzo, who will work closely with Graham Baba Architects (GBA) and Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA). The team has local roots and international experience.
“As someone who grew up in Yakima, I want to do an absolutely stellar piece in my home town,” said Kathryn Gustafson. “For me, this project is about the place where I was born and raised before I went out into an international realm. What can that international realm bring back to the vernacular of the local? That’s my challenge and what I find fascinating about this project.”
Brett Baba, founding principal of Graham Baba Architects, is also from Yakima. City Manager Tony O’Rourke remarked, “The Downtown Central Plaza design will combine the insights and experience of world-renowned architects with a truly unique hometown Yakima connection. Our community is incredibly fortunate to have GGN, GBA, and MKA as our plaza design team.” 

David Malda presents "Friction of the Street"

Seattle, WA (March 27, 2014) David Malda discussed the "friction of the street" during his Design in Motion: Innovation at the Speed of Thought presentation. David's examples were drawn from the findings of the Pike-Pine Renaissance Streetscape Plan. The standing room only event was hosted by Pecha Kucha Seattle at the Seattle Central Library and featured 13 speakers.

Video of the evening's presentations can be viewed on the Seattle Channel. David's presentation starts at 1:22.

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Selected to Design Hemisfair Civic Park, San Antonio, TX

SAN ANTONIO, TX (March 20, 2014) - Seattle-based landscape architect Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) has been selected to design Hemisfair’s civic park in San Antonio, Texas. The contract to move forward with the design for the 8+ acre downtown park was approved by the San Antonio City Council earlier today. GGN will work closely with local firm Alamo Architects to lead a team of local and national design and engineering experts. 

“We were immediately drawn to the Hemisfair project as a rare opportunity to create one of the world’s great public spaces," said Kathryn Gustafson. "We are excited by the design potential inherent in the cross-cultural influences that define and propel San Antonio - a city with a rich history and a growing urban population.” 
The non-profit Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) is leading the transformation of the Hemisfair site into an urban oasis beloved by the whole community. Located at one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the city – Market Street and Alamo Street – the civic park will serve as the new front porch of San Antonio and replace the outdated portion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

“The Hemisfair civic park will be the centerpiece of the Decade of Downtown,” said San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

Photo: Courtesy of CityCenterDC

CityCenterDC Opens for Cherry Blossom Festival

WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2014)  Tonight through March 28, the Park at CityCenter and The Plaza at CityCenter will be illuminated in pink in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

As the celebration begins, construction is nearing completion on CityCenterDC, one of the largest downtown projects in the nation. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol was the masterplan landscape architect and was responsible for the design of the park, plaza and many of the rooftop terraces and green roofs that make up the project.

“We are excited to have these spaces open to the public and look forward to them being integrated into the cultural fabric of downtown,” said GGN Principal Rodrigo Abela.

New Design Vision Unveiled for Downtown Seattle

SEATTLE, WA (February 14, 2014) – From dramatic hill streets to lush grand avenues, a layered design vision for Downtown Seattle’s Pike-Pine area was unveiled this week at the Downtown Seattle’s Association’s (DSA) State of Downtown Economic Forum.

The design vision of big ideas and small details was presented by lead designer Shannon Nichol of Seattle-based landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) to a sold-out crowd of nearly 1,200 Seattle business and community leaders, city officials and Downtown residents.

In addition to GGN, other project consultants included Framework, Toole Design Group, BDS Planning & Urban Design, Downtown Works, and ECONorthwest.

The full press release is available on the Downtown Seattle News Page. The story has been covered by the Seattle Times, Seattle Daily Journal of CommerceKING 5KPLU 88.5Crosscut, Capitol Hill Blog, and other sources. Learn more at

Pike-Pine Renaissance Designs to be Unveiled at 2014 State of Downtown Economic Forum

SEATTLE, WA (January 17, 2014) – The Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) has announced the program for their signature event, the annual State of Downtown Economic Forum at The Westin Seattle Hotel on February 12 from 7:00-9:30am.
“Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) has developed designs for redefining the pedestrian experience of the Pike-Pine corridor. GGN Founding Principal Shannon Nichol will unveil these designs . . .”
DSA Pike-Pine Task Force Chair Craig Schafer said, “We’re thrilled with the work of GGN and can’t wait for the rest of the public to get a look at the designs they’re bringing to the table for a new, re-envisioned Pike-Pine corridor. . . . We’ve needed to inject a new look and a new experience into this area for a long time now. These designs and the idea of reshaping this area should really excite people who believe that Downtown Seattle can be one of the most dynamic and inviting urban experiences of anywhere in the nation.”
More details are available on the Downtown Seattle News Page

Redesigning the School Lunch Experience

SEATTLE, WA (January, 14, 2014) – Shannon Nichol is serving as a juror for an ideas competition hosted by Design in Public and AIA Seattle. The Redesigning the School Lunch Experience competition challenges the status quo of school lunch, offering innovative design solutions to help prevent obesity and diabetes. An exhibition of the competition entries opens today and continues through February 28 at AIA Seattle, 1911 First Avenue. Ideas can also be viewed online in the Design in Public Gallery
“Design in Public’s competitions and programs are unique because they invite all community members – not just designers and architects – to put their heads together to find better ways to do things,” said Shannon. 
Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis Magazine, is moderating the Public Award Event on January 28 at the Central Seattle Public Library. For more information, please visit AIA Seattle.

Johns Hopkins University: Student Union / Campus Center Feasibility Study

BALTIMORE, MD (January 9, 2014) – Johns Hopkins University has announced, “Ann Beha Architects in collaboration with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol have been selected as the design consultants for the Student Union / Campus Center Feasibility Study.” Rodrigo Abela, principal in charge of GGN’s Washington, DC, office is leading this effort.

The full announcement can be viewed on the Johns Hopkins University news page

Groundbreaking at Brookfield Place Calgary

CALGARY, CANADA (November, 1, 2013) – Construction began Wednesday on the Brookfield Place Calgary east tower, which will be Western Canada’s tallest building on completion. The architects designing the towers are Fender Katsalidis Arney with Dialog.

Encompassing a full city block, Brookfield Place Calgary is the largest private sector construction project in the city’s history. 
For the first phase of construction, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol designed a half-acre public space. Multiple public plazas, high-quality streetscapes, and an indoor "winter garden" will provide space for social activities, public art, and cultural events to activate the core of downtown. Shannon Nichol is the lead landscape designer.

Mercer Court Opening Includes Urban Farm

SEATTLE, WA (October 25, 2013) – Yesterday was the opening of Mercer Court Apartments, the University of Washington’s newest residence halls. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol’s design for the 4.5-acre site was led by Founding Partner Jennifer Guthrie and Senior Associate Tess Schiavone.
The residence halls sit within a 1-acre working farm, much of which is above the parking garage. The farm includes a series of raised beds and terraces that allow for a variety of produce from fruit trees, berries, rotating vegetable crops and herbs. The farm is primarily organized and operated by student volunteers, and the University of Washington will purchase farm produce to use in their cafes and dining halls.
“For a student living in a nine-story building to be able to pick rosemary or carrots in their backyard is a really unique experience,” said Jessica Rashid, Resident Director of Mercer Court.
The landscape design also includes a 20,000-sf plaza, seating areas, native and adaptive planting, and a pilot project for the Burke Gilman Trail. Additional sustainable aspects of the project are highlighted in The Daily.

Grand Opening of St. Elizabeths East Gateway

WASHINGTON, DC (October 23, 2013) – Gustafson Guthrie Nichol's newest East Coast project is a public park and pavilion within a historic hospital campus in Washington, DC. The landscape design for St. Elizabeth’s East Gateway respects the site’s majestic trees and historic legacy while integrating a new pavilion, park amenities, and a sustainability agenda. Rodrigo Abela, principal in charge of GGN’s DC office, led the landscape design along with Rebecca Fuchs, design associate.
The opening ceremony took place at the food and market pavilion. The pavilion will serve both local residents and thousands of new federal workers moving into the area, helping to revitalize one of DC's poorest neighborhoods. On top of the pavilion, a 21,000-sf, vegetated green roof designed by GGN will be available for concerts, festivals, and other large gatherings.
The Washington Business Journal provides additional background information about this important project.

Design Team Honored at Nu Skin Innovation Center Opening

PROVO, UT (October 23, 2013) – Seattle-based design firms Bohlin Cywinski Jackson architects and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol landscape architects were honored during the opening of the Nu Skin Innovation Center in Provo, Utah today. Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. invested more than $100 million in the new corporate facilities to support growth. The company develops luxury anti-aging products that are distributed worldwide.
GGN’s design included a recharged vision for of Provo’s main street that has become a catalyst for future downtown street design within Provo.Led by Founding Principal Jennifer Guthrie and Principal Bernie Alonzo, GGN’s landscape design also helps identify the Nu Skin campus within historic downtown Provo.
”The client challenged the design team to develop a place that would welcome, inspire, and enrich its visitors, distributors, and employees,” said Jennifer Guthrie. “The spaces were designed to be gracious, well-crafted, and dynamic - providing a strong foundation for the innovative thinking and creating that happens at Nu Skin.”

Kathryn Gustafson Delivers the Evening Address at "Thinking the Contemporary Landscape" in Hanover, Germany

HANOVER, GERMANY (June 20-22, 2013) - The conference Thinking the Contemporary Landscape - Positions and Oppositions in Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany, called for “a critical debate about the contemporary intelligence of landscape architecture. For three days, outstanding thinkers and practitioners shared their thoughts and convictions in lectures and discussions." Kathryn Gustafson delivered a keynote address on the opening evening.  

Along with Kathryn Gustafson, "twenty-five prestigious speakers and respondents from all around the world . . . as well as a wide audience of over 200 specialists and students of landscape architecture discussed the scientific and emotive qualities of a landscape, [and] its characteristics as a mirror of society and its cultural perception."

Learn more.

Photo: The National Mall, Union Square: View from US Capitol Speaker's Balcony. Courtesy of GGN /Methanoia

GGN Receives Environmental Design Research's Place Planning Award

June 11, 2013 - Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) is pleased to announce its selection as a winner of the Environmental Design Research Association’s 15th Annual Great Places Award for Place Planning with Unified Ground: National Mall Competition, Union Square
Seven exemplary projects in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and urban design were named winners of the 2013 Great Places Awards, and honored during the 44th annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).
“GGN’s vision for Union Square responds to more than just the physical contextual attributes but more importantly to the historic and political context for us as individuals as well as collectively for our nation” says juror, Gayle Epp, Partner, EJP Consulting, “This place has national significance.”
The National Mall is the country’s most visited park and attracts more than 25 million visitors annually. Union Square, located at the base of the Capitol, is the site of major historic events from presidential inaugurations to public gatherings and demonstrations.

GGN Announces promotion

June 10, 2013 - GGN is pleased to announce the promotion of David Malda to Senior Associate.

UW Medicine 3.1 Opens in South Lake Union

SEATTLE, WA (June 4, 2013) - Today, the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce announced the opening of the "University of Washington's newest medical facility — known as UW Medicine Phase 3.1 . . . A public plaza connects the new building with the first two phases of the UW's South Lake Union campus. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol was the landscape architect." 

A faceted building façade by architect Perkins + Will serves to bounce light into the meandering plaza below, where water features further reflect light to create a feeling of immersion in brightness. This active space invites the neighborhood into the campus and offers gathering places for campus members to meet and sit. 

“This is a place where people with ideas . . .are talking to each other and creating that climate that builds the future of our city,” commented Councilmember Richard Conlin at the opening. 

"South Lake Union is key to UW Medicine's ability to lead a significant portion of the nation's biomedical research enterprise well into the 21st Century," says Dr. Paul Ramsey, Dean of the UW School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs. "The opportunities for research collaboration across organizational and disciplinary lines are already enormous here, and the future holds much promise for UW Medicine to develop new interdisciplinary initiatives."

Summer Design Interns

June 3, 2013 – As we head into the summer, GGN welcomes our Summer Design Interns Derek Hoetmer and John Spiess. 

Bernie Alonzo Appointed to Seattle Design Commission

May 29, 2013 - Bernie Alonzo, Principal, has been appointed to a two year term in the City of Seattle’s Design Commission. Alonzo joins Thomas J. Nelson and Brodie Bain in being appointed to the commission by Mayor Mike McGinn and confirmed by the Seattle City Council. 

“I am honored to join the Seattle Design Commission,” states Alonzo. “The City of Seattle has a number of large, transformative projects in process. Being a member of the commission is a great opportunity for me to give back to my city, providing insight and  perspectives on critical design issues.”

Read the full press release here.

Photo: John Keatley

2013 AIA Civic Design Awards

May 24, 2013 – The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce has announced that “fifteen projects were honored yesterday at the American Institute of Architects Washington Council's 2013 Civic Design Awards banquet in Seattle.” Gustafson Guthrie Nichol was the landscape architect for two of these projects, and the University of Washington was the client for both. The Husky Union Building renovation/expansion received an Honor Award, led by Perkins + Will architects with Skanska serving as the general contractor. West Campus Housing (Phase I) received a Citation Award, led by Mahlum architects with Walsh Construction Co. and W.G. Clark as the general contractors. All in all, “two honor, seven merit and six citation awards were given out; 61 projects were entered.”
Commenting on West Campus Housing, the Jury said,
“. . . the urban design of this challenging project is excellent. The sitting areas and other public space details are meaningful and the public connections at the large and small scale really work.” 

Photo: The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Keith McPeters is a Featured Speaker at the Civic Horticultural Conference

May 17, 2013 – Keith McPeters is a featured speaker at the The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Civic Horticulture Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The conference will focus on the evolving benefits and role of civic horticulture in the city. Once limited to merely aesthetics and economics, the role of civic horticulture has been expanded to leverage the interconnectedness of the natural, cultural and ecological systems that foster healthy, vibrant cities.
Participating on the Parks & Plazas panel, Keith’s presentation will highlight the legacy of the City Beautiful movement, how our perceptions of cities have changed through the 19th to 21st centuries, and with it our corresponding views of the roles of the city and nature. Today, the question of who will decide and what will define a “civic horticulture” is not as easily determined. By examining GGN projects such as Centennial Park Master Plan, Lurie Garden, and the new Cleveland Group Plan, Keith will explore different approaches to the designed landscape that might begin to determine a new “civic horticulture.”

UPDATE: May 29, 2013 - Keith McPeters' presentation was featured in The Dirt, the blog published by the Association of Landscape Architects.

Photo: Prairie Gateway ASLA

Shannon Nichol Gives Keynote Speech at Prairie Gateway ASLA Awards Gala

May 11, 2013 – Shannon Nichol, Founding Principal of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, was a guest speaker at yesterday’s Prairie Gateway ASLA Awards Gala, along with Mark Focht, FASLA, 2012-2013 President-Elect of ASLA.
In her keynote address, Shannon discussed the unique openness of the landscape design process, which is constantly interacting with outside influences and multiple collaborators. “This openness adds complexity - it can be a formidable challenge to rationally progress a design into a coherent product – especially as compared to many design disciplines that are more isolated and less collaborative. In the face of many distractions, landscape architects become practiced in creating order and fascinated with finding clear outcomes.”

Celebrate Landscape Architecture Month

April 26, 2013 - Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) and the Potomac Chapter ASLA co-hosted a celebration of Landscape Architecture Month yesterday evening at GGN's Washington, DC office. Approximately 75 people attended the reception.

Liesel Fenner, President-Elect of the Potomac Chapter ASLA was in attendance. Also in attendance were Jennifer Guthrie, Founder and Principal of the Seattle-based landscape architecture firm, and Rodrigo Abela, who is serving as Principal in Charge of GGN's recently opened DC office.

GGN's DC office has numerous projects in progress on the East Coast, including several in Washington, DC:  CityCenterDC; The National Museum of African American History and Culture; as well as the winning design for the National Mall Design Competition for Union Square. 

GGN Announces Promotions

April 15, 2013 - GGN is pleased to announce the promotions of Amy Cragg, David Nelson, and Tess Schiavone to Senior Associates.

David Malda Attends Xtreme LA in Berkeley, California

BERKELEY, CA (April 8, 2013) – Over the weekend, David Malda, Associate at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, attended Xtreme LA: Berkeley. David was invited to participate in this annual event that pairs emerging design leaders with landscape architecture graduate students. In a highly charged one-and-a-half day period, teams were briefed by local representatives, visited key sites, and returned to a studio where they strategized, devised conceptual plans, created schematic designs, and developed presentations of their solutions.The workshop, sponsored by Landscape Forms and the Landscape Architecture Foundation, explored landscape responses to climate change and sea level rise. Final presentations were given before an audience that includes local officials and interested citizens. 
In response to this experience, David commented, “It was incredibly invigorating to engage such critical issues with other professionals from across the nation and a very strong student group from the University of California, Berkeley.”

Announcing Cheryl dos Remedios as Marketing & Communications Associate

March 25, 2013 - Seattle-based landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) are pleased to announce that Cheryl dos Remedios has joined the GGN team as Marketing & Communications Associate. With an interdisciplinary background in art, project management, public works, and landscape preservation, Cheryl is known for her success in connecting communities to the designed landscape and to the environment. Cheryl will enhance GGN's connections to the public and to its clients by leading GGN's public communications and marketing endeavors.

“Cheryl approaches her work through the uniquely layered lenses of an exhibit organizer, a conceptual artist, a curator, a photographer, and a community leader. We are delighted to have Cheryl's insights and leadership applied to our communications and outreach efforts at GGN. Cheryl helps us see our work with fresh eyes and an informed understanding of the public's connection to landscape and art,“ said Shannon Nichol, Founding Principal of GGN.  

Kathryn Gustafson Serves as a Juror for the 2013 AIA New York Design Awards

March 13, 2013 - ArchDaily reports, "After reviewing hundreds of projects submitted by New York City-based architects and firms, a jury of twelve eminent architects, landscape architects, educators, critics, and planners convened by the Center for Architecture in New York has selected 42 thoughtfully considered projects for the 2013 AIANY Chapter’s Design Awards. From small installations to large-scale projects, each awarded submission spanned a breadth of innovative ideas in a large variety of design solutions for projects throughout the world."

Kathryn Gustafson served on the Urban Design Jury with David Coomes  and Alex Krieger. You can watch the three jurors talk about their selections at the 00:55:00 minute mark of this video.

Theater Commons and Donnelly Gardens Receives SITES Certification for Sustainable Landscapes

March 5, 2013 Theater Commons and Donnelly Gardens has been recognized by SITES, an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden. SITES is a voluntary, national rating system for sustainable landscapes of all types, with or without buildings. 

“Gustafson Guthrie Nichol should be proud of this achievement. The firm’s dedication to the environment and supporting public/private partnerships will benefit our community far into the future,” states Seattle’s Mayor Mike McGinn. “GGN’s design approach helps support Seattle Center as a public destination for experiencing innovative, urban water stewardship and sustainable landscapes.”
Read the full press release here.

Photo: Courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art

Rodrigo Abela Lectures at The San Diego Museum of Art

March 1, 2013 - Presented in conjunction with the interactive exhibition Journey through the City, Rodrigo Abela delivers a First Friday Films lecture on the redesign of Union Square on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  This space has historically been utilized to accomodate memorialization, civic celebrations, protest, and recreation. Rodrigo will focus his lecture on the challenges of designing a multifunctional space in one of the nation’s most visible and popular locations.

To encourage visitors to interact with "a vocabulary for a city" yet to be invented, artist Miquel Navarro's exhibit Journey through the City provides visitors with a thousand pieces of different building materials, including aluminum, zinc, and wood. For inspiration, representations of current, innovative architecture and urban planning practices are exhibited on the gallery walls, including the redesign of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.

Photo: GGN Project Area Highlighted in Orange

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) Selected as the International Designer of the Public Domain for the Barangaroo South project in Sydney Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (February, 22, 2013) - Lend Lease, in partnership with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, has assembled some of Australia’s and the world’s leading urban planners and landscape architects to undertake the next phase of master planning and public domain design at Barangaroo South, the 7.5 hectare (18.5 acres) southern section of a 22 hectare (54 acre) major redevelopment site on the international landmark of Sydney Harbor in Australia. GGN’s participation will be headed by founding partner Kathryn Gustafson and principal Grant Stewart.
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has been appointed as International Public Domain Designer, with a principal role as the lead design landscape architect, entrusted with the design and delivery of a truly world class public domain solution. The site will be a true mixed-use precinct consisting of commercial office buildings, residential apartments, an international hotel, shops, cafes, restaurants, and cultural facilities
GGN will be working with  team that consists of: Lord Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour from RSH+P, and Lend Lease Design as the overall concept master planners; Sydney architect Tony Caro, from Tony Caro Architects, as Urban Design Director; Craig Allchin, Adjunct Professor of Architecture at University of Technology Sydney and founding director of Six Degrees Architects in Melbourne, as Local Urban Design advisor; and Aspect|Oculus, led by Sacha Coles and Roger Jasprizza continuing in their role as Project Landscape Architects.

GGN Announces Promotion

December 17, 2012 - GGN is pleased to announce the promotion of Fred Jala to Associate.

Keith McPeters on Panel of SAF Design in Depth Lecture Series

November 8, 2012 -- Keith McPeters, Principal at GGN, will be part of a panel discussion on "Places Between Spaces, Seattle's Pocket Parks" held at Town Hall, November 13th. This is part of the Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) Design in Depth Lecture Series. Tickets can be purchased here

New Employees at GGN

October 16, 2012 - Gustafson Guthrie Nichol welcomes our new colleagues Makie Suzuki, Fred Jala, and Chihiro Donovan. You can read their bios here

GGN Announces Promotions

October 10, 2012 - GGN is pleased to announce the promotions of David Malda, Rebecca Fuchs, and Jill Fortuna to Associates.

New Seattle Office Space

October 8, 2012 - GGN's Seattle office is now located in the historic Terminal Sales Building in downtown Seattle. Our new address is:

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
1932 First Avenue, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98101

Shannon Nichol on Awards Jury for Boston Society of Architects

September 18, 2012 - Shannon Nichol served on the Boston Society of Architects' 2012 Honor Awards jury. You can follow BSA news here

David Malda Appointed to LAF Board of Directors

September 27, 2012 - David Malda, Associate at GGN, has been appointed to the Landscape Architect Foundation's Board of Directors as a former Olmsted Scholar. David was selected as the National Olmsted Scholar in 2009.

Shannon Nichol on Jury for Re-Think Re-Use Competition

September 20, 2012 - Shannon Nichol was on the jury for the design competition "Transforming Seattle's 520 Floating Bridge." More than 70 design plan were submitted from 18 countries, each with creative solutions for the re-use of the pontoons. The winners were announced by the jurors on September 21 as part of the Seattle Design Festival. The local paper and news channel featured the event. 

Photo: The National Mall, Union Square: View from US Capitol Speaker's Balcony. Courtesy of GGN / Methanoia

Kathryn Gustafson in Urban Design Review

September 18, 2012 - Christopher Beardsley for Urban Design Review leads a discussion between Kathryn Gustafson of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Rob Rogers of Rogers Marvel Architects, and Marion Weiss of WEISS/MANFREDI, about each of their winning designs for the National Mall. GGN's Union Square design is here.

New Office Space in Washington, DC

September 1, 2012 - Gustafson Guthrie Nichol is pleased to announce the opening of our new Washington, DC office space. This brings GGN closer to our projects in the Eastern U.S., as well as current DC projects: CityCenterDC, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and the recently won Union Square design. 

Rodrigo Abela, Principal, is based in DC and continues to work with a project-driven rotation of GGN's Seattle-based staff. 

Daily Journal of Commerce Features UW Mercer Court

August 24, 2012 – Jennifer Guthrie of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, along with Dave Heater of Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects, wrote about the University of Washington’s Mercer Court student housing project for the Daily Journal of Commerce. Learn more about this new type of campus landscape that integrates an urban farm, on our project page

Photo: Davol Tedder

Kathryn Gustafson is Keynote Speaker at IFLA Conference in Cape Town, SA

August 23, 2012 – On September 5th, Kathryn Gustafson will be a keynote speaker at the International Federation of Landscape Architect's (IFLA) World Congress held in Cape Town, South Africa. This year's theme is "Landscapes in Transition" and the conference is September 5 - 7. More info here

Bernie Alonzo to Present at AIA's Tour of Gates Foundation Campus

July 27, 2012 –  As part of AIA Seattle’s “COTE Case Study Tour: The Gates Foundation,” Bernie Alonzo will be presenting the sustainable systems of this LEED Platinum campus, along with presenters from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NBBJ, and Arup. Tour will focus on sustainable systems including green roofs, rainwater collection, water gardens, smart lighting, and thermal energy storage, and will take place August 2, from 4 to 6 pm. Registration closes July 30.

New Employees at GGN

June 29, 2012 – As we head into the summer, GGN welcomes our new colleagues. Jordan Bell, Jill Fortuna, and AJ Taaca join us as Designers (top row). Kevin Bogle is our Office Clerk and Adam Novack is our Summer Intern (bottom row). You can read their bios here.

Landscape Forms Announces UrbanEdge Collection Designed by GGN

June 1, 2012 – Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, in collaboration with Landscape Forms, is pleased to announce the introduction of UrbanEdge, a collection of landscape framing and furniture elements for urban spaces. The collection is produced by Landscape Forms, the world’s largest manufacturer of high-design site and streetscape furniture collections and amenities.

UrbanEdge pairs GGN’s experience in designing urban spaces with Landscape Forms’ expertise in developing beautiful site furnishings that address issues in urban environments; built to perform and endure under conditions of high-usage. Learn more about GGN’s design here.

The UrbanEdge collection can now be viewed at Landscape Forms

Rodrigo Abela Presents the Union Square Design at the National Building Museum

May 22, 2012 --  On May 31, 2012, as part of the National Building Museum's "A Conversation with the National Mall Design Competition Winners," Rodrigo Abela, together with Peter Cook, will represent the Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Davis Brody Bond team and share the team’s ideas and images for transforming Union Square. The program will feature the three winning designs and their designers, and will be moderated by John Beardsley, director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.

Event is sponsored by the Trust for the National Mall and the National Capital Planning Commission. A video of the presentation is available online

Rodrigo Abela Lectures at the University of Washington

May 17, 2012 -- Rodrigo Abela was the guest lecturer for Susan Olmsted’s course “Architecture in the Landscape” for the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. Rodrigo discussed the investigation at shifting scales of design in relation to landscape, architecture and urban design for two of GGN’s Washington DC projects, including the recent winning design of Union Square for the National Mall Competition.

GGN Wins Tucker Design Award for
North End Parks

May 10, 2012 –  Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, together with Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge of Boston, are the recipients of the biennial Tucker Design Award for 2012.GGN and CSS have been recognized for North End Parks, the three-acre park that was part of the “Big Dig” development in Boston, MA. First presented in 1977, the Tucker Design Award is a nationally recognized architectural design award in both the building and landscape industries. The Tucker Design Award honors those whose work demonstrates excellence in concept, design, construction, and use of natural stone. 

“It is an honor for GGN and CSS to receive this award for work that was a joy for us to do. We fell in love with the North End neighborhood while designing the Parks, and I like to think that this emotion came through in the careful detailing of the stone.”
Shannon Nichol, Director of GGN

Union Square National Mall Winners Announced

May 3, 2012 –  Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and architects Davis Brody Bond are pleased to announce their selection as winners of the National Mall Design Competition for Union Square. The competition, organized by the Trust for the National Mall, was a three-stage process to select a design team. 

The project team, lead by Kathryn Gustafson and Rodrigo Abela of GGN, and Carl Krebs and Peter Cook of Davis Brody Bond, sees the site as a setting for some of the nation's most powerrful shared memories. Learn more about our winning design here
“The National Mall is an extraordinary, monumental landscape. Remarkable for its sheer scale, its powerful presence serves the country as both a public park and place of gathering and discourse. The goal of our design is to create a sustainable, durable, and flexible plaza that is both inviting and active even when it is not  in use for national events."
Kathryn Gustafson, Director of GGN.

Photo: Julie Harmsen

Jennifer Guthrie Appointed to State Department Industry Advisory Panel

April 17, 2012 – Jennifer Guthrie, founding partner and director of GGN, has been appointed to represent the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) on the Department of State’s Industry Advisory Panel (IAP). Jennifer will serve as a member of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Industry Advisory Panel. This is the first time the ASLA has had been represented on this panel that directs US government buildings overseas.    
From Bradford McKee’s article Land Matters: Good Government:
“… joining the bureau’s panel of industry advisors is Jennifer Guthrie, ASLA, of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, who is brilliant. It is safe to say that for the nation’s image, here at home and abroad, landscape architecture is locking more firmly into place, and the future looks ever brighter.” 

Kathryn Gustafson Receives Brunner Prize in Architecture

March 26, 2012 – Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) is pleased to announce that Kathryn Gustafson is the recipient of the annual Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This honor is given to a preeminent architect from any country who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art. Gustafson is only the third landscape architect in 57 years to be awarded the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture.

Bernie Alonzo to Speak at 2012 WASLA Conference

March 21, 2012 – On March 29, 2012 Bernie Alonzo will present two case-studies at the 2012 WASLA Conference based on his experience on two of GGN’s current projects. The first is “The University of Washington Montlake Triangle: Landscape Architects Leading Large-scale, Complex, Site Development Projects.”  In the afternoon he will present “Large Scale Rainwater Harvesting to Eliminate Potable Water Use in the Landscape on an Urban Campus.” The conference will be at the Lynnwood Convention Center. The theme is Changing Convention – more information is available online

Photo: Davol Tedder

Kathryn Gustafson Speaks at Harvard's GSD

February 29, 2012 – Kathryn Gustafson spoke February 29 at Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Her presentation, “Being Local When You’re Not,” is an overview of her design work and process. The YouTube video is the complete lecture with images. 

GGN Announces Promotions

February 29, 2012 -- Gustafson Guthrie Nichol is pleased to announce that Stacy Day Vayanos and Kara Weaver  have been promoted to Associates.

Groundbreaking Day for National Museum of African American History and Culture

January 22, 2012 -- The Groundbreaking ceremony for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) took place today in Washington, DC. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol is designing the landscape for the museum’s grounds, including the water feature described in this illustrated article by The Washington Post. Find out more NMAAHC here.

Photo: Julie Harmsen

Jennifer Guthrie on 2012 AZ Awards Jury

January 27, 2012 -- Jennifer Guthrie, a founding partner and director of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, will join an international jury of designers for AZURE’s AZ Awards 2012, an international competition for design excellence. In keeping with AZURE magazine’s vision, the AZ awards are multi-disciplinary and recognize the inter-connectedness of architecture, landscape, interiors and product design. Find out more about their awards here

Photo: Sean Airhart

ASLA's The Dirt on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus Landscape Design

January 20, 2012 -- The landscape design of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus by GGN is profiled on ASLA’s blog, The Dirt. Learn more about this LEED-NC Platinum certified project here.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus Featured in Azure Magazine

January 19, 2012 -- Gustafson Guthrie Nichol's landscape design for the new Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus is featured in Azure magazine's January/February 2012 issue.
Shannon Nichol, partner in charge, explains: “The materials and functions of the landscape are informed by the site’s distinct natural history.”  Learn more about this project here.

GGN Principal Keith McPeters to Serve on Drylands Jury

January 6, 2012 -- Next week, GGN's Keith McPeters will be in Burbank, where he and the rest of the jury will convene to select the winning entries for the William Turnbull Drylands Competition. The winners will be announced on January 17th, 2012, as recipients of the “2011 William Turnbull Prize." The California Architectural Foundation, in partnership with the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University and the AIACC Academy for Emerging Professionals, organized the competition.

Happy Holidays from GGN

December 20, 2011 -- Huei-Ming Juang and Rebecca Fuchs, designers at GGN, created a paper-cut collage for this year's holiday greeting. Image is of the boardwalks that GGN designed for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus. You can see a larger version of this image here.

Photo: Rob Shenk

GGN Selected for Stage III of National Mall Design Competition

December 15, 2011 – Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond team has been selected to advance to Stage III of the National Design Competition for Union Square. GGN and Davis Brody Bond will lead the team that includes Robinson & Associates, Space Syntax, Tillotson Design Associates, CMS Collaborative, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, WSP Flack + Kurtz, Robert Silman Associates, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, Poulin + Morris, Gorove/Slade Associates, and Faithful+Gould. The team’s Design Concept for Union Square will be presented to the public in April, 2012.

Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space

December 3, 2011 -- Shannon Nichol served on the Advisory Committee for this exciting new competition, to re-imagine a 9-acre site at Seattle Center. A "missing link" between several downtown neighborhoods, the site is framed by the Space Needle and Experience Music Project, the Seattle Opera House, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus. GGN will not be participating in this competition. Download the full brief at this link.

Photo: Julie Harmsen

Huffington Post Interviews GGN

December 9, 2011 -- Jacob Slevin of the Huffington Post interviews GGN and ARO about receiving the National Design Award, in this particular year and economic context. Read the full article here.

New Employees at GGN

November 23, 2011 -- In the second half of 2011, a talented group has been added to GGN: Kara Weaver, Jessie Calder, Rebecca Fuchs, Huei-Ming Juang, Liz Martini, Yuichiro Tsutsumi, and Emily Ang. You can read more about them and our other talented people here.

AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Merit Award Given to UW School of Medicine, Phase 2

November 17, 2011 -- Perkins + Will received the 2011 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Merit Award this week for the University of Washington, School of Medicine Phase 2 project in Seattle. GGN, led by Jennifer Guthrie, were landscape architects on this multi-phased, urban bio-tech campus in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The mid-block walkways and pedestrian alleys create informal gathering spaces. See more of the project here.

Photo: Seattle Times

Seattle Times Article on GGN

November 8, 2011 -- An article in today's Seattle Times, "Seattle Firm Finalist to Redo Part of National Mall," features GGN as being shortlisted for the Union Square portion of the National Mall Design Competition. The article also covers GGN's receipt of the 2011 National Design Award in landscape architecture.

GGN Project Featured in "Private Paradise"

November 1, 2011 -- Just published, Charlotte Frieze’s “Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens,” features a nice selection of residential landscapes including one designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. For more information about the book, click here.

GGN shortlisted in National Mall Design Competition

October 26, 2011 -- GGN's team has been shortlisted, with five other teams, for stage two of the National Mall Design Competition for Union Square. Union Square, the competition site that GGN opted to pursue, is the portion of the National Mall that fronts the U.S. Capitol Building. GGN is teamed with AEDAS, architects.

GGN shortlisted in Pierscape at Navy Pier Competition

October 21, 2011 -- GGN has been shortlisted for Phase 2 of Chicago's Pierscape at Navy Pier Design Competition. The Phase 2 shortlist of 11 teams was selected from a total of 52 teams that had submitted qualifications. The GGN team includes collaborators Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Pentagram, and Tillotson Design Associates.  

GGN at National Design Week: NDA Winners Panel Event

October  7,  2011 --  During Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Week, October 15-23, come see GGN and other National Design Awards recipients at the NDA Winners’ Panel on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 7:00–8:30 p.m. 

The winners of the 2011 National Design Awards will share their insights at this special panel discussion.

Location: The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Photo: Timothy Hursley

LEED Plantinum for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus

October 6, 2011 -- Today it was announced that The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus has been awarded LEED-NC Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council – making it the largest, non-profit LEED-NC Platinum facility in the world. NBBJ were the building architects and prime consultant.

The campus landscape by GGN integrates pools of captured rainwater and a milliion-gallon stormwater cistern below the central plaza, which captures runoff from paved surfaces for use in the landscape and in the buildings. Native and edible plants dominate the landscape, along with salavaged scrap stone cobbles and other domestically-sourced materials.

Follow GGN on Facebook

September 26th, 2011 -- You can now follow GGN's news, projects, activities, and people by liking our Facebook page. We hope to see you -- and hear from you -- there!

Boston Preservation Achievement Awards 2011

The Foster + Partners addition to the historic Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, including a new arrival landscape by GGN, has received a Preservation Achievement Award. Rodrigo Abela, GGN Principal, will attend the awards event on October 6th, in Boston.

Photo: Nigel Young

National Design Award Events in DC

September 9, 2011 – Partners Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol will be attending several events in Washington D.C. in conjunction with receiving the Cooper-Hewitt, 2011 National Design Award in Landscape Architecture. On Tuesday, September 13th, they will attend a White House luncheon hosted by the honorary patron of this year's award, First Lady Michelle Obama. They will also participate in the Teen Design Fair where high school students will meet one-on-one with design award winners and finalists in the Kogod Courtyard.

Kathryn Gustafson to Speak at MoMA in NY

Kathryn Gustafson will be participating in The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s  Second Wave of Modernism conference at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on November 18, 2011. Kathryn will be speaking as part of the “Metropolitan Transformations” panel.  More information can be found on TCLF’s website here.

Bernie Alonzo to Speak at Green Gardening IPM Conference

GGN Principal Bernie Alonzo will be speaking at this year’s Green Gardening IPM Conference. The Conference will take place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at South Seattle Community College and is sponsored by the City of Seattle’s Green Gardening Program. Bernie will be participating in a section on moving toward sustainable landscapes and will speak specifically on “Designing Sustainable Landscapes from the Ground-Up in an Urban Context.” 

July 21 is Seattle Garden Walk Day

July 21, 2011 -- In honor of the grand opening of the Seattle Sheraton Garden Walk the City of Seattle has proclaimed that July 21, 2011 is Seattle Garden Walk Day.

Photo: Julie Harmsen

Shannon Nichol Featured in Pacific Magazine

July 9th, 2011 -- Shannon Nichol's design for the landscape of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus (Phase 1) is featured in today's edition of Pacific Magazine, published by the Seattle Times. Valerie Easton writes about Shannon's unusual and strategic planting designs, which feature many Seattle natives, used in bold masses and mixes. The plantings were designed to support the locally-rooted work of the Foundation employees, in concert with the architecture by NBBJ, prime consultant on the project. 

Photo: Intelligent Life/Julie Harmsen

Kathryn Gustafson Featured in Intelligent Life

July 1, 2011 -- Writer Michael Watts, in The Economist's Summer 2011 issue of Intelligent Life, profiled Kathryn Gustafson in "The Sky is Mine." (Click link to read.)
"....Gustafson is the grande dame of modern landscape architecture. She intends that her remit as a landscape architect begins the moment you leave your home or office; it’s anything under the sun, urban or rural. Town planning, climate change, archaeology, civil engineering, geological history and local myths are all in the job description...." 

Kathryn Gustafson Lecturing in Denver

June 23, 2011 -- Kathryn Gustafson will be lecturing at the Denver Botanic Garden on July 7th. Her lecture is sponsored by Denver Women In Design. More information can be found here.

GGN Announces Promotions

June 13, 2011 -- GGN is pleased to announce the promotions of several individuals to senior staff. Bernie Alonzo has been promoted to Principal. In addition, Brian Bishop, Austin McInerny, Anne Morris, and Emily Scott have been promoted to Associates.

GGN Wins Cooper Hewitt National Design Award

May 26, 2011 – GGN has won the 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture. First launched at the White House in 2000, the National Design Awards promote excellence and innovation in design. GGN and other award recipients will be honored at a gala in New York City on October 20th. This year’s jury of design leaders and educators convened by Cooper-Hewitt reviewed the nominations and chose Lifetime Achievement and Design Mind recipients and selected winners and finalists in the Corporate and Institutional Achievement, Architecture Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Product Design categories. More information on all the winners can be found on the National Design Awards website.

Photo: Sean Ainhart, NBBJ

Gates Foundation Campus Featured in DJC

May 12, 2011 -- The new Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus was featured in a special section in today's Daily Journal of Commerce. The section features an article about Gustafson Guthrie Nichol's landscape design, written by GGN Partner Shannon Nichol. The section can be found here.

The Foundation will be hosting a Neighborhood Welcome event on Saturday, June 4th.

GGN Associate Bernie Alonzo to Lecture at the University of Washington

May 9, 2011 -- On May 18th, GGN Associate Bernie Alonzo will guest lecture for the University of Washington Extension School's Implementing Low Impact Development for Civil Engineers course. Bernie's lecture is entitled "Implementing LID: Green Roof Detailing Considerations."

North End Parks Wins Honor Award

April 12, 2011 -- It was recently announced that North End Parks has won an Honor Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. The awards ceremony will take place on April 28. A full list of winners and more information on the awards ceremony can be found here.

CityCenterDC Breaks Ground

April 4, 2011 -- GGN is pleased to announce the beginning of construction of the CityCenterDC development by Hines|Archstone in downtown Washington, DC. A new mixed-use development located on the 10-acre site of the former convention center, CityCenterDC is one of the largest downtown development projects currently underway in any U.S. city. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol participated in developing the master plan for the site with lead architect Foster + Partners, and acted as lead landscape architect. Construction commenced on March 23, 2011 and is expected to reach completion by the fourth quarter of 2013. The CityCenterDC website can be found here.

Parkour in City Hall Plaza featured in Jump City: Seattle

February 18, 2011 -- The terraces, grand stairs, and other features of GGN's Seattle City Hall Plaza are featured in the flagship match of JumpCity: Seattle, a parkour series that is airing on the sports cable channel, G4. City Hall Plaza serves as the main course in Episode 1 of G4's JumpCity: Seattle series. The entire episode can be downloaded on iTunes. 

GGN Furniture Featured in DJC

March 14, 2011 -- GGN's new line of furniture with Landscape Forms was featured in today's Daily Journal of Commerce. The article by Lynn Porter, "GGN and Olson Kundig get into the furniture business," includes excerpts from interviews with GGN principal Rodrigo Abela as well as designers from several Seattle-area architecture firms that have designed furniture and objects. To see the article, please click here.

Next Eco-City Coming to Seattle on April 7th & 8th

February 24, 2011 -- GGN is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Next Eco-City symposium on April 7th & 8th. This important event is offered to the public by the University of Washington's Landscape Architecture Department at the College of Built Environments. Next Eco-City's speakers hail from around the world.

To register, please click here. Next Eco-City is an interdisciplinary symposium that critically explores the relationships between environment, equity, economy, and design in our rapidly urbanizing world and investigates the dynamics and implications of rapid urban growth in the emerging mega-cities of the global south. For more information, go to this site:

March 3rd: MaggieCharlieParty!

February 18, 2011 -- GGN and Landscape Forms will be hosting a small launch party and get-together on March 3, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m., in GGN's Seattle office. Please visit us during your First Thursday art walk! Get a first look at the Maggie Bench and Charlie Table, part of GGN's new furniture line with Landscape Forms. One lucky guest will leave with a free iTouch, courtesy of Landscape Forms! Click here to RSVP to AnneT at

Kathryn Gustafson Lecturing at UC Berkeley

February 16, 2011 - Kathryn Gustafson will be lecturing on her recent work at the University of California at Berkeley on Tuesday, March 15th.

Jennifer Guthrie Lecturing in Los Angeles

February 16, 2011 - Jennifer Guthrie will be lecturing at OTIS College of Arts and Design in Los Angeles on March 31st. More information can be found on the OTIS website.

Center for the Built Environment is Coming to Seattle

Shannon Nichol has joined the steering committee for AIA Seattle's planned urban center for architecture and design. The center will be: "...a laboratory of ideas and action for a better city, providing a highly visible place of common ground for the region’s business, government, and citizen leaders to come together in fruitful, forward-thinking conversation. Through programs, exhibitions, research, and publications, the center will serve as the place for information and resources on the built environment, promoting innovation in our region and setting the international standard for civic engagement in shaping community."

Cleveland Group Plan Commission Presents Recommendations

February 11, 2011 -- Today's Plain Dealer features GGN's work for Cleveland's Group Plan Commission, presented to Mayor Jackson at a public meeting yesterday. GGN worked with LMN architects, Parkworks, and with the Commission to develop a prioritized master plan to revitalize the monumental Group Plan district (1903, Burnham) and streets connecting to the surrounding downtown core. Cleveland's downtown core is rich in well-preserved, historic architecture. The master plan is developed as a series of modular projects that can be implemented over time to restore the complete functions and beauty of downtown's compact network of streets, squares, and parks. 

Masterplan Presented for Nashville's Centennial Park

December 6, 2010 -- In a public meeting today, GGN presented final plans and recommendations to Nashville's Centennial Park Master Plan Committee. Mayor Karl Dean created the Committee to revitalize the city's historic, central park.

GGN led the multi-disciplinary team that, with public input, formulated the long-range plan. The plan acknowledges past and future simultaneously, respecting the tradition of Centennial Park while transforming the park into a model of sustainable ecological practice and horticultural excellence. Centennial Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. The park was the site of the 1897 Centennial Exposition.

Guthrie and Nichol Lecture on January 24th

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol is pleased to announce that Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol will be delivering this year’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture for the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.

Dean Daniel Friedman will lead a discussion after the lecture. The lecture is part of the 2010 - 2011 Built Environments Lecture Series.

This free lecture will be January 24th in Kane Hall at the UW – for more information and to reserve tickets, please follow this link:

Seattle Times: "Light-rail plan gives UW a 'front porch'"

January 12, 2011 -- Today's Seattle Times features coverage of this afternoon's public presentation by GGN's Bernie Alonzo about the University of Washington's Lower Rainier Vista design. 

GGN's design for extending and strengthening the historic Vista integrates dramatic views and multi-modal, active circulation between the campus and the city. The design is part of a multi-agency project for making the Montlake Triangle into a major mobility center for light-rail riders, bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists on Montlake and Pacific Avenues.

GGN coordinated with Sound Transit's station architects, LMN, to integrate their design for a new pedestrian-bridge over Montlake Boulevard into the Vista landscape design. 

Landscape Forms Announces Furniture Designs by GGN

November 11, 2010 -- Landscape Forms announces the Maggie Bench and Charlie Table, designs from Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). Both were originally designed for Millennium Park and are now available for use in sites around the world.

The Maggie Bench expresses the form and gesture of the human body, with a light stance and a minimal use of materials.

The Charlie Table re-imagines the traditional picnic table as a fluid and ergonomic piece of furniture. Charlie's open ends provide integrated wheelchair access.

LAF Landscape Performance Series

November 11, 2010 -- GGN, Mithun, and SvR Design are co-hosting a Landscape Architecture Foundation event on November 30th at 4:30 p.m. at the Seattle Central Library Microsoft Auditorium. The event will introduce LAF's Landscape Performance Series – an online interactive set of resources showing the value of sustainable landscape solutions with tools to quantify benefits and make the case for sustainable landscapes.

Following the event, please join us at a benefit reception to support the Landscape Architecture Foundation at Mithun, Pier 56 at 6:30 pm.

Sponsored by: Valley Crest Nursery, Iron Age Designs, Hewitt, Poulsen, Cedar Grove, Landscape Forms, KPFF, Cold Spring Granite, CMS Collaborative, Krekow Jennings, Urban Accessories, Architecreation, and Planting Design.

Photo: WAF

Kathryn Gustafson Joins WAF Super Jury

November 8, 2010 -- Kathryn Gustafson joined the World Architecture Foundation's Super Jury over the weekend in Barcelona. Kathryn stepped in to replace Benedetta Tagliabue who had to recuse herself at the last minute due to a conflict of interest.

Other jury members include Arata Isozaki, Barry Bergdoll,  who is the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Enrique Norten, founder of TEN Arquitectos, and Hanif Kara of engineer Adams Kara Taylor.

Photo: Chicago Tribune

Lurie Garden Featured in Chicago Tribune

October 4, 2010 -- A Garden Grows Up: Six-Year-Old Lurie Garden Continues to Amaze Visitors (click to go to article) appears in today's edition of the Chicago Tribune. The article interviews the Lurie Garden's new executive director, Jennifer Davit, and discusses the success of the Garden in creating habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies in the heart of downtown Chicago. 

GGN Creating Plan for Historic Downtown Cleveland

October 1, 2010 -- GGN has been retained by Cleveland's Group Plan Commission to produce urban-design recommendations for the network of streets and open spaces in Cleveland's historic core and waterfront. LMN Architects is GGN's partner in this project, evaluating architectural development and the important built fabric of the project area. The GGN/LMN plan is a first step in the Commission's initiative to revitalize the landmark Group Plan civic district and mall, designed by Daniel Burnham and collaborators in 1903. For additional information about Cleveland's Group Plan Commission, please click here.

GGN Associate Emily Pizzuto on 2010 Lammy Jury

August 16, 2010 -- GGN Associate Emily Pizzuto will be one of the jurors for this year's Landscape Architecture Magazine Awards, also known as the Lammies. Other jurors include Jeffrey Carbo of Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects, Susan Van Atta of Van Atta Associates, Chris Della Vedova of Confluence, and Susannah Ross of Sasaki Associates.

The awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Friday, September 10th, part of the ASLA annual meeting in Washington, DC.

AIA Exhibit, Co-Curated by Shannon Nichol, Opens Tonight

August 10, 2010 -- AIA Seattle's New Edge | New Blood opening reception is tonight from 5-7 p.m. in the AIA Seattle Gallery at 1911 First Avenue. New Edge | New Blood explores not just great design but how to get there. The curatorial team included GGN partner Shannon Nichol, Jay Deguchi, Rick Sundberg, and David Spiker. More information can be found here

Shannon Nichol and the Lurie Garden profiled in Garden Design Magazine

August 6, 2010 -- The Lurie Garden in Chicago is profiled in the July/August edition of Garden Design Magazine. The article includes a profile of GGN Partner Shannon Nichol.

A pdf of the article can be viewed here.

Amy Cragg to Participate in Seattle Green Roof Tour

July 27, 2010 -- GGN Associate Amy Cragg will be participating in a tour of Seattle green roof projects organized by Seattle Public Utilities on July 30th and August 3rd. Amy will be speaking about the Seattle Center’s 5th Avenue North Garage from the vantage point of the Space Needle. The Garage is located adjacent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s new campus. Twelve acres of surface parking was consolidated into the Garage which is covered with a 1.5 acre green roof. Amy was the GGN Project Manager for the project and NBBJ was the architect.

For more information on the tours click here.

GGN Participates in SDOT Challenge

July 1, 2010 -- GGN will be taking part in Seattle Department of Transportation's Walk.Bike.Ride Challenge. The SDOT Challenge asks participants to pledge to replace two car trips per week with walking, biking, or riding the bus. More information can be found here

Shannon Nichol Co-Curates AIA Exhibit

June 25, 2010 -- AIA Seattle's New Edge | New Blood will be opening on August 10th and running through October 1st. New Edge | New Blood explores not just great design but how to get there. The curatorial team included GGN partner Shannon Nichol, Jay Deguchi, Rick Sundberg, and David Spiker. The curatorial team selected firms for their innovative use of interdisciplinary talent, unique methods of project delivery, and for pushing the boundaries of architectural design while operating within economic realities. The opening reception will be August 10th from 5-7 p.m. in the AIA Seattle Gallery. More information can be found here

Theater Commons at Seattle Center Opens to the Public

June 15, 2010 -- Theater Commons at Seattle Center opened to the public today. This afternoon's dedication included site tours by GGN designers Shannon Nichol and Amy Cragg. Theater Commons transforms what was a small parking lot into a lush new entrance to Seattle Center, that serves both the Seattle Repertory Theater and the Intiman Theater. Theater Commons is an example of sustainable site development, as all site surface water and run-off from adjacent roofs will be collected and filtered in rain gardens.

GGN Associate Bernie Alonzo Lectures at the UW

On May 19th, GGN Associate Bernie Alonzo was a guest lecturer for the University of Washington Extension School's Implementing Low Impact Development for Civil Engineers course. Bernie's lecture was entitled "Implementing LID: Green Roof Detailing Considerations."

GGN Principal Keith McPeters To Be Keynote Speaker at Oregon ASLA

May 21, 2010 -- GGN Principal Keith McPeters will be delivering the keynote address at the ASLA Oregon Symposium and Design Awards on Saturday, June 5th. 

GGN Selected for Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center

May 10, 2010 -- GGN has been selected as the landscape architect for the Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center project. GGN is collaborating with local landscape architecture firm McKnight Associates, Ltd of Cleveland. LMN Architects of Seattle is the Design Architect on the project. More information about the project can be found here.

Kathryn Gustafson Interview Featured

May 4 , 2010 -- Kathryn Gustafson was recently interviewed by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Her interview may be read here.

ASLA Announces 2010 Honor Award Winners

April 27, 2010 -- The American Society of Landscape Architects announced today the 2010 recipients of its prestigious Honor Awards and Awards of Excellence. GGN Partner Shannon Nichol served on the 2010 Honor Awards jury which was responsible for selecting this year's award recipients, from a record-setting field of high-quality entries from around the world.

Lurie Garden Sustainability Makes News

April 24, 2010 -- A recent article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette includes an interview with new Lurie Garden Chief Horticulturalist Jennifer Davit as she explains sustainable principles incorporated in the Lurie Garden. The Lurie Garden website, also includes a detailed sustainability description.

Quebec Competition Entry Featured on GreenWabii

April 21, 2010 -- GreenWabii highlights BIG's design proposal in the recent competition for a new expansion for the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol was a member of BIG's team. 

Principal Keith McPeters Participating in Urban Food Panel

April 12 , 2010 -- A group of University of Washington students studying architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning have organized a two part event to explore the role of the design professions in Seattle's vibrant urban food movement. GGN Principal Keith McPeters will be part of the panel discussion that kicks off the event. The panel will be Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. in Architecture Hall, Room 147. Additional information on this two day event can be found here

Shannon Nichol to Lecture at CSU's LA Days

March 24 , 2010 -- Shannon Nichol will be lecturing tomorrow evening at Landscape Architecture Days, an annual event held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. More information on LA Days and the 2010 speakers can be found here.

Principal Rodrigo Abela Panelist at Building Museum Symposium

March 1, 2010 -- GGN Principal Rodrigo Abela was joined by fellow panelist Lisa Green, Assistant Director, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and Moderator Eric Kramer, Associate, ReedHilderbrand Landscape Architecture Inc. to participate in "Shaping Cultural Landscapes: Linking Institutions and People Through Landscape" panel at the Building Museum Symposium in New York. The panel explored how institutions can work with landscape architects more effectively. 

Shannon Nichol to Present in AIA Design Salon

February 15, 2010 -- On Wednesday, February 17th at 4 p.m. AIA Seattle will kick off "YOUR CITY Outside", the first in a year-long series of four discussions on the future of Seattle's spaces. This first event features GGN director Shannon Nichol and Ray Gastil, the recent head of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development. Shannon and Ray will be discussing their ideas, impressions, and passions for the transformation of our city’s urban spaces, and the city as a whole. They will each present a twenty minute presentation then an hour and a half of dialog and discussion with the audience will follow. The salon will take place at Henrybuilt at 997 Western Avenue. Ticket information can be found on AIA Seattle's website

GGN Team Selected to Design Nashville's Centennial Park Master Plan

February 4, 2010 -- Mayor Karl Dean and The Conservancy for the Parthenon & Centennial Park announced today that Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) has been selected to lead the design team for the Centennial Park Master Plan.

 “Gustafson Guthrie Nichol designs have enhanced signature public spaces across the country,” Dean said. “I am thrilled they will be working here in Nashville on Centennial Park.”

Five Ton Big Leaf Maple To Be Planted at the Gates Foundation

February 3, 2010 -- On Friday, February 5th, an unusually large Big Leaf Maple will be planted at the future entry to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus. This specimen has a trunk diameter of almost 8 inches and weighs approximately 10,000 pounds, so a large crane will be used to move the tree into place. With its charismatic, giant leaves, the native Big Leaf Maple is a signature feature of Seattle’s unique, natural landscape, so it will be used throughout the new campus. Big Leaf Maple hosts a special community of other native plants, birds, and beneficial insects within its high canopy, and it will enhance the urban habitat value of the campus.

GGN Wins Tucker Design Award

February 2, 2010 – The Building Stone Institute announced today that the prestigious Tucker Design Award was awarded to the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. The award-winning Courtyard was designed by landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, within an architectural renovation by Foster + Partners architects. This is Gustafson Guthrie Nichol’s third Tucker Design Award. Since its inception in 1977, the Tucker Design Award has been recognized as one of the most prestigious architectural design awards in the country. The award honors those who have achieved excellence in design through the incorporation and use of natural stone in their building or landscape project. 

Shannon Nichol Participates in "Trail to Treasure" Public Workshop

January 26, 2010 -- GGN Partner Shannon Nichol participated in the "Trail to Treasure" design workshop on Saturday, January 30th. The workshop was a component of a planning project to prepare a conceptual plan for a recreational and interpretive trail through Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood called "Trail to Treasure". The project is sponsored by the Pioneer Square Community Association in collaboration with the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. A Public Meeting was held at the conclusion of the workshop to present and discuss the workshop results. 

Shannon Nichol On 2010 ASLA Awards Jury

Shannon Nichol will serve as a juror for the 2010 ASLA Design Awards. The awards will be presented at the ASLA's annual meeting in Washington, DC. For more information on the2010 ASLA Awards, please click here

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus Construction Milestone

December 4 , 2009 -- The Gates Foundation campus has officially "topped out." GGN Associate Bernie Alonzo was on hand to watch the highest beam be placed. GGN is designing the landscape for the campus including the central plaza and all streetscapes. For more information on the new Gates Foundation campus, please click here

"Towards Paradise" Wins International Architecture Award

"Towards Paradise" - Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Gustafson Porter's installation at the Venice Bienalle in 2008, has been awarded a 2009 International Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum. An exhibition of the award recipients took place in Florence, Italy in November. For a full list of award recipients, please click here

GGN + AWA Team Wins Vancouver Community Connector Competition

October 19 , 2009 -- The Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Allied Works Architecture Team was selected this morning as the winner of the Vancouver Community Connector Competition. Other members of the winning team include Arup and public artist Beliz Brother. The Vancouver Community Connector will be a new lid park over I-5 which will reconnect historic Fort Vancouver and the downtown core of Vancouver, WA. 

Shannon Nichol Lecturing in Edmonton

October 12 , 2009 -- Shannon Nichol will be presenting the work of GGN at a lecture Thursday evening in Edmonton, AB. The lecture is presented by M.A.D.E. in Edmonton, as part of the Not Architecture Lecture Series, in partnership with Edmonton on the Edge and the Edmonton Design Committee. While in Edmonton, Shannon will also be a juror for the Urban Design Awards and speaking on a sustainability panel at the University of Alberta.

Shannon Nichol and Don Miles Invite You to Attend the 2009 AIA Seattle Honor Awards

October 1 , 2009 -- Shannon Nichol and Don Miles, Co-Chairs, invite you to the Seattle AIA Honor Awards on Monday November 9 at Benaroya Hall. This year's theme is Improv/Improve celebrating celebrate the agility, inventiveness and foresight architects bring to their work in this era of change – improvising and reacting quickly to new constraints, and going above and beyond to improve the built environment. Jurors for this year’s awards include; Nigel Dancey, RIBA Foster + Partners, London, Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, Rios Clementi Hale, Los Angeles, and Teddy Cruz, eStudio Cruz, San Diego. The event will be moderated by Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA, University of Virginia. 

Kathryn Gustafson Receives Design Achievement Award

September 24, 2009 -- Kathryn Gustafson was a honored as Seattle Homes & Lifestyles and Seattle Design Center's 2009 Design Achievement Award winner in the Landscape Architecture category. Kathryn and the other award winners will be featured in the November/December issue of Seattle Homes & Lifestyles magazine.

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in the Spotlight at ASLA's 2009 Annual Meeting in Chicago

September 18, 2009 -- Gustafson Guthrie Nichol partner Shannon Nichol and associate David Nelson gave a walking tour of the Lurie Garden during the ASLA Annual Meeting. They were joined by Colleen Lockovitch, the Lurie Garden Horticulturalist, and Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm. Together this team spoke about the Lurie Garden design, construction, plant procurement, maintenance, and programming. Also representing GGN at the annual meeting were Emily Pizzuto who sat on the Landscape Architecture Magazine advertising awards jury, and Rodrigo Abela who participated in a panel discussion about designing landscapes for cultural institutions. GGN was also honored to be Landscape Forms' Guest of Honor a the Landscape Architecture Foundation Millennium Magic Gala on the stage of the Pritzker Pavillion.

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol with Freelon Adjaye Bond Wins Competition for new Smithsonian African American Museum

April 14, 2009 -- It was announced today that the Freelon Adjaye Bond team, including Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has won the design compeition for the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The new museum will be sited on the Washington Mall just east of the Washington Monument. This will be the last building built on the Mall. Read the Washington Post article here