Left: The High Line, New York NY, 2011 ( Photo © : Iwan Baan )
Top right: Race Street Pier, Philadelphia, PA, 2011 ( Photo © : Matt Stanley )
Bottom right: Tongva Park, Santa Monica, CA, 2013 ( Photo © : Tim Street Porter )

Firm Profile

James Corner Field Operations is a leading-edge urban design, landscape architecture and public realm 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. There is a special commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm, informed by the interactive ecology between people and nature. Major projects include the High Line, New York City; Santa Monica’s Tongva Park and Ken Gensler Square; The Race Street Pier, Philadelphia; Freshkills Park, Staten Island; MGM Mirage City Center, Las Vegas; Shelby Farms Park, Memphis; Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London; Chicago’s Navy Pier; Qianhai Water City, China; Seattle’s Central Waterfront; and the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront in Hong Kong.

Comprising over 40 professionals, many with cross-disciplinary backgrounds in landscape architecture, urban design, planning, 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 environments in which people live and interact.

The work of James Corner Field Operations has been recognized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum 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 D&AD Black Pencil Award (Gold Medal), London; the Daimler-Chrysler Award for Design Innovation; the Architectural League of New York Design Award; and other professional design awards and prizes. James Corner Field Operations has 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. James Corner Field Operations was named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company (2012) and one of the most influential design firms by Time (2010).
Principals
James Corner, Founder & Director
Employees
50-55
Lisa Switkin, Principal
Tatiana Choulika, Principal
Richard Kennedy, Principal
Keith O'Connor, Principal
Specialization
Landscape Architecture
Landscape Urbanism
Territory Organization
Public Spaces
Urban Design
Public Realm Design