Principal, SWA Group
- Nature has tremendous restorative power, and we need to get people closer to it. Landscape architects design places that are intrinsically supportive of health—trails, parks, plazas, the spaces between buildings. At Guthrie Green in Tulsa, we designed a park for the George Kaiser Family Foundation that now hosts an amazing lineup of exercise classes, such as yoga, tai chi, and belly dancing. The lawn suffers, but the people love it! At UC Davis West Village, we prepared the master plan for a new zero-net-energy community where bicycling is the primary mode of transportation.
- These are the sorts of places where we love to walk and bicycle, where we play with our children and friends. The landscape is where we get healthy.