James Corner Field Operations is a leading-edge urban design and landscape architecture practice based in New York City. The practice is renowned for strong contemporary design across a variety of high-profile project types and scales, from large urban districts and complex post-industrial sites, to small well-crafted, detail design projects. In all of the work, there is a special commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm, informed by the ecology of both people and nature.
Major projects include the design of the High Line in New York City; the 2,200-acre Fresh Kills landfill into what will be one of the world’s largest urban parks; the pool deck and gardens of City Center, Las Vegas; the post-games transformation of London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; the redesign of the public realm on Chicago’s historic Navy Pier; Shelby Farms Park, a 4,500-acre urban park in Memphis, Tennessee - which includes one of the first projects to be certified by the Sustainable SITES program; the master plan for Qianhai, a new waterfront city in Shenzhen, China; a master plan for Seattle’s Central Waterfront; The Race Street Pier in Philadelphia; and the design of the Civic Center Parks in Santa Monica.
Comprising 40 professionals, many with cross-disciplinary backgrounds in landscape architecture, urban design, architecture and communication art, our mandate is to respond with clarity and imagination to the unique circumstances of each project, crafting ecologically smart and culturally significant built works of lasting distinction. The office has a particular flair with urban situations, public spaces and large-scale, multi-disciplinary projects, with a focus on developing high quality, innovative solutions for modern day cities, landscapes and social places. The ultimate aim is to bring beauty, engagement, health and vitality to the different kinds of environment in which people live and interact.
The work of James Corner and Field Operations has been recognized by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum as the recipient of the 2010 National Design Award, the New York City Arts Commission Award for Excellence in Design; the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Design; the Daimler-Chrysler Award for Design Innovation; the Architectural League of New York Design Award; and other professional design awards and prizes. Our work has been published and exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale; the Lisbon Triennale; ArchiLAB, Paris; the Royal College of Art, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.