SCAPE is a landscape architecture and urban design practice based in New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco. We design and advocate for the ecologically restorative and socially engaged landscapes, urban environments, and natural infrastructure of the future. We do this through diverse forms of design—built landscapes, planning, visioning, and research—with the ultimate goal of connecting people to their environments.
Our staff of over 90 individuals includes landscape architects, urban planners, architects, ecological designers, horticulturists, and community engagement professionals—and a deep bench of technical expertise related to construction, regulation, and agency review. We work across disciplines, collaborating with architects, developers, engineers, foundations, agencies, institutions, and grassroots environmental justice and community groups on projects of all scales.
We plan, design, and build parks, waterfronts, and plazas; master plans and urban frameworks; educational and medical campuses; cultural landscapes; greenways and multimodal trails; streetscapes; on-structure and interior landscapes; wayfinding and interpretative signage; and more. We also communicate the transformative potential of landscapes through publications, exhibitions, research, thought leadership, and other initiatives. With a focus on excellence in construction and long-term performance, we translate complex visions into beautiful, legible, and accessible landscapes.
SCAPE’s work and leadership has been honored with the highest awards in the design field—including dozens of national and chapter ASLA, APA, AIA, and other professional awards; a 2019 National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; and a National Planning Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2017, Founding Principal Kate Orff became the first landscape architect to receive the prestigious ‘Genius’ Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In 2019, she was elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows.
The firm’s collaborative leadership team includes Kate Orff, FASLA, RLA, Founding Principal and Partner; Gena Wirth, RLA, Design Principal and Partner; Alexis C. Landes, Managing Principal and Partner; John Donnelly, RLA, Technical Principal and Partner; and Pippa Brashear, RLA, Resilience Principal and Partner.
SCAPE was founded in New York in 2007.