First Friday: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Join us at this First Friday event.

March 6, 2020
6:30 p.m.

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects | Hudson Yards, New York, NY, 2019. Credit: Barrett Doherty.

The League’s monthly First Friday events are informal social gatherings that allow members to visit the offices of leading design practices and see work on the boards.

Founded in 1985, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects provides design solutions to support ecologically and agriculturally productive landscapes, industrial and postindustrial sites, and the public realm. According to the firm, the studio “designs spaces and actions that memorialize people and events and engage the community for the purpose of ceremony, education, and remembrance.” Using a research-based, mission-driven design process, NBW creates places that are deeply integrated with the cultural and ecological histories of the landscape. 

Recent and ongoing projects include: 

  • The Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards, a plaza that unifies public space, ground-level architecture, and transit hubs while addressing ADA, emergency, and stormwater management needs. 
  • Memorial Park, a master plan to restore and revitalize a park in Houston, Texas, damaged by Hurricane Ike and a drought.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Eco Commons, a seven-acre campus site that combines spaces for contemplation, learning, and play while simultaneously serving as a stormwater capture system.
  • Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island Heights, NY, a master plan intended to help reveal the complex legacies embedded in an educational farm located on a site settled by European colonists on Manhansett tribal land in 1651. 


Cities of the dead

Margaret Morton reveals the architecturally and culturally distinctive ancestral cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan.

Surfacedesign lecture

Surfacedesign’s 2014 Emerging Voices lecture demonstrates the firm's emphasis on personal histories.