This project is going to be a true city center - our downtown retail anchor - befitting a world class city.”
- Mayor Adrian M. Fenty

CityCenterDC is a 10-acre site in the heart of downtown Washington DC, developed by Hines/Archstone with architecture led by Foster + Partners. CityCenterDC converts former superblocks into a mixed-use urban center with a fine-grained network of streets and alleys, plazas, a park, and multiple landscaped terraces.


Photo: Timothy Hursley

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus is designed as a locally grounded environment for global work and dialogue. In concert with the campus architecture by NBBJ, GGN designed a campus landscape for outdoor work and collaborative problem-solving. A series of serene spaces celebrate the Foundation's roots in Seattle, with a growing forest canopy, rainwater-fed water gardens, courtyards of salvaged cobble, and extensive green roofs.

Phase One of the campus was completed and certified LEED NC 2.2 Platinum in 2011.


National Museum of African
American History & Culture

The landscape design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture situates the NMAAHC within the context of the Washington Monument Grounds as an object in a field, drawing the open, pastoral nature of the Washington Monument grounds through the Museum site.


Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery is located in a National Historic Landmark Building in Washington, DC. This award-winning project was a collaboration with Foster + Partners.


Photo: Studio 216

Civic Park at Hemisfair

The Gustafson Guthrie Nichol design for the civic park at Hemisfair 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."
Located just three blocks from the Alamo and within San Antonio’s 1968 International Exposition grounds, the civic park at Hemisfair is part of a more than 90-acre downtown district that is catalyzing development in San Antonio. The civic park design integrates up to six new buildings totaling over 600,000 SF with additional below-grade parking. These buildings, along with a large renovated existing structure, sit fully within the civic park and help to create a seamless connection between the larger city and this new central public space. 


Chromer Building Parklet & Streatery

The Chromer Parklet converted five parking spaces into a new public space that serves the neighborhood with the highest pedestrian counts in downtown Seattle. GGN designed the Parklet as a simple, modular system that uses replicable, durable elements -- metal frames, wooden decks, and concrete blocks -- to create the series of flexible, level spaces on a sloped Seattle street. The system integrates terraced seating along the slope as well as an armature for rotating art and lighting installations.


University of Washington Lower Rainier Vista

The Rainier Vista axis is a central component of the University of Washington’s historic campus layout. The Vista was first conceived by the Olmsted Brothers as the central axis for the Alaska Yukon Exposition in the early 1900s, framing a grand view of Mount Rainier. GGN's new design of Lower Rainier Vista extends, clarifies, and finally completes the Vista, reconnecting the isolated Montlake Triangle to the whole of the UW campus.


Yakima Central Plaza

“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.”


Photo: The Norton Museum of Art

Norton Museum of Art Expansion

Internationally recognized for the strength of its permanent collection, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach Florida is currently undergoing an expansion. Founded by Ralph Hubbard Norton in 1941, the museum opened with a late Art Deco/Neo-Classic design by Marion Sims Wyeth that featured pavilions flanking a central courtyard. The master plan being developed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol andFoster + Partners restores the original east-west symmetry and circulation by relocating the entrance to the west along the major thoroughfare of Dixie Highway. It also takes advantage of the 6.3-acre campus to re-create the sense of a museum within a garden.  


Unified Ground:
Union Square National Mall

"Our design for a durable and flexible plaza will bring life and activity to the site and will take the pressure from the mall's lawn panels, making it a more sustainable landscape."
Rodrigo Abela, Principal

This winning design for the Union Square Competition, situated at the base of the Capitol in Washington DC, engages visitors with an impressive monumental scale, while also providing comfortable places for a range of experiences and voices. 


Pike-Pine Renaissance Streetscape Design
Concept and Action Strategies

The Downtown Seattle Association engaged GGN to create an implementable, detailed plan of phased, opportunistic streetscape improvements to refresh the city's downtown core. GGN responded by proposing a consistent return to the city's simple, historic sidewalk standards -- tweaked to strengthen the contrast between avenues and streets -- along with a bold prioritization of pedestrians at intersections.

Download a PDF of the Pike-Pine Renaissance Design Vision, and please visit


The Lurie Garden
at Millennium Park

Part of Millennium Park, the Lurie Garden brings the experience and ecology of Chicago’s native prairie landscape into its densest downtown neighborhood – while providing spaces for resting, socializing, and a myriad of cultural activities. Over 1.5 million from 20 countries visit the Lurie Garden annually.


for Landscape Forms

"The UrbanEdge family of framing and seating elements is designed to be flexible, customizable, and comfortable, like an outdoor living room."
- Stacy Vayanos, Associate  

The UrbanEdge collection is produced by Landscape Forms, the world’s largest manufacturer of high-design site and streetscape furniture collections. 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.  

Explore the collection at Landscape Forms


Photo: John Keatley

University of Washington
West Campus Residences

“. . . 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."
- 2013 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Jury

Encompassing four city blocks, the UW West Campus Residences create a balance of public and private spaces. 


North End Parks

The "Big Dig" burial of the I-93 Freeway beneath Boston created a swath of reclaimed land through downtown. The North End Parks, a 3-acre series of parcels on the tunnel lid, created a welcoming social space at the threshold to the North End neighborhood.

The Parks, GGN's collaboration with CSS Boston, opened views and restored street connections that had been severed for decades. 


Venice Biennale -
Towards Paradise

Towards Paradise was the first significant installation of landscape as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale. The installation was conceived as a contemporary allegory in the broadest sense - taking the visitor on a journey through earthly dilemmas, evoking what has been lost and what can be gained between man and the landscape.


Maggie Bench
for Landscape Forms

Landscape Forms, North America’s largest manufacturer of site furniture, announces the Maggie Bench and Charlie Table, designs from Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN).

Originally designed by GGN for Chicago’s Millennium Park, the Maggie Bench expresses the form and gesture of the human body with a light stance and a minimum use of materials. Click here for more information about Maggie.


Vancouver Community Connector

GGN's winning proposal for the Vancouver Community Connector reconnects a severed downtown core that was divided by the I-5 freeway. The design laces multiple, street-scale connections across a landbridge structure that is designed -- in collaboration with Allied Works and Arup -- like a honeycomb, to treat and hold stormwater through filters of native plants and deep soils. The landscape "regrounds" the historic Fort buildings and surrounding city in the native landscape and "wet prairie" ecology of Fort Vancouver.


University of Washington
School of Medicine Phase 2

Situated on the north edge of downtown Seattle, the design strives to create a strong sense of identity for the UW School of Medicine campus while responding to the unique programming needs of a biotech research facility.   The integrated landscape components promote a cohesive site experience as one moves through the indoor-outdoor spaces. 


Charlie Table
for Landscape Forms

Landscape Forms, North America’s largest manufacturer of site furniture, announces the Maggie Bench and Charlie Table, designs from Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN).

Originally designed by GGN for Chicago’s Millennium Park, 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. Click here for more information about Charlie.