Field Operations Announces Partnership

2023.09.11

Field Operations is pleased to announce its transition from a sole proprietorship to a new partnership. The firm will now simply be known as Field Operations, which better reflects the diversity, depth, and experience of the leadership team, as well as the collaborative character of our studio.

Joining Founding Partner James Corner are Partners Sarah Weidner Astheimer, Richard Kennedy, and Lisa Switkin, with Associate Partners Megan Born, Isabel Castilla, Tatiana Choulika, Matt Grunbaum, Jayyun Jung, Veronica Rivera, Karen Tamir, and Hong Zhou.

This new structure elevates some of the field’s most skilled and experienced professionals to the forefront, each with over 15 years of experience and significant achievement. Field Operations has always been about more than one person, and this new structure provides a vibrant platform for individuals to lead with vision, passion, and commitment, ensuring all-around excellence for clients, collaborators, and the communities we serve.

Read the full announcement here.

Field Operations Announces Partnership

The Underline Breaks Ground for Phase 3

2023.09.12

The Underline's third and final phase celebrated with a groundbreaking on September 12!

Along with collaborators from Friends of The Underline, Miami-Dade County, NV2A Group, and Central Civil Construction and state, county, city officials, and the local community, Field Operations kicked off construction for an additional 7.36 miles of trails and 12 new community spaces, lined with native planting that includes 1,800 new trees under the Metrorail in Miami. This next phase will create a connection between SW 19th Ave near the Vizcaya Metrorail station and the Dadeland South Metrorail station, including the City of Miami, Coral Gables, South Miami, and Miami-Dade County.

Read more about the event and design for the third phase in The Miami Herald.

The Underline Breaks Ground for Phase 3

Reimagine Middle Branch Plan Receives 2023 Witte-Sakamoto Family Award

2023.08.04

Field Operations has been selected to receive the 2023 Witte-Sakamoto Family Medal in City and Regional Planning for the Reimagine Middle Branch Plan! 

The Witte-Sakamoto Family Medal in City and Regional Planning was established to recognize a firm, team, or professional for an exemplary plan that advances the field of plan making in at least four of the following areas: social equity, environmental quality, design, public health, mobility, housing affordability, and economic development.

Adopted by the Baltimore City Planning Commission on February 9, 2023, the Plan was led by the City of Baltimore, South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, and Parks & People Foundation, working alongside a team of expert consultants, stakeholders, and Baltimoreans. Field Operations is the Plan’s design lead and the planning team includes Mahan Rykiel Associates, Design Jones, Moffatt & Nichol, Toole Design, Biohabitats, Waldon Studio, Assedo Consulting, The Urban Studio, Kofi Boone, KG&A, Public Mechanics, Urbane Development, and Dharam Consulting.

Read more about the award and the Reimagine Middle Branch Plan from The Weitzman School of Design.

Reimagine Middle Branch Plan Receives 2023 Witte-Sakamoto Family Award

2023.10.06

Megan Born Speaks on Panel About Catalyzing Urban Climate Resilience

Megan Born, Associate Partner at Field Operations, joins the Shaping the City in New Orleans this fall to share work she has led at Field Operations that addresses resilience in waterfront cities, including the Tidal Basin Ideas Lab in DC and the Reimagine Middle Branch Plan in Baltimore. 

Organized by the European Cultural Centre in collaboration with NANO Architects, the forum brings together planners, academics, architects, and politicians to share about how they are designing effective solutions to preserve the future of their cities. Shaping the City seeks to share knowledge and best practices while stimulating new international collaborations and actions for our threatened cities and communities. 

Learn more about the forum and register here.

2023.09.25

Seth Rodewald-Bates Lectures at Mississippi State University Fall Lecture Series

Seth Rodewald-Bates, Senior Associate at Field Operations, joins Mississippi State University for their fall 2023 Harrison Lecture Series. He will share more about Field Operations' work and approach to landscape architecture as well as recent projects he has led at the firm.

Learn more and livestream the lecture via WebEx here.

2023.07.27

Field Operations Joins City of Cleveland for North Coast Master Plan Community Conversation

With Mayor of Cleveland Justin Bibb, Field Operations and the North Coast Master Plan team hosted a community conversation at the Great Lakes Science Center to share updates for the North Coast Master Plan and discuss the vision and reactions to initial concepts. Initial sketches that are representative of these early stages of the project create inclusive spaces that promote fitness, gathering, and recreation along the waterfront, inclusive of basketball courts, sun decks, cafes and restaurants, and cookout areas, all linked by an urban promenade inspired by natural "flow lines" found around the Great Lakes.

"As a Black kid growing up in the city, we always felt the lakefront was not for us. It was for rich white folks on West Side," said Mayor Bibb. "What gives me hope is that young people—not just the East Side or the West—and those yet to be born will now have a bit more hope that this lakefront will be for them, too."

Find the presentation, initial sketches, and a recording of the conversation on the Cleveland North Coast website and learn more in a conversation between Justin Bibb, Steven Litt, Lisa Switkin, Abigail Bottar, and Eric Cozza on Ideastream's "Sound of Ideas."

2023.07.07

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Expansion Approved

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's expansion plan moves forward with unanimous approval from the Cleveland Planning Commission!

Field Operations has collaborated with project lead and design architect PAU, as well as Cooper Robertson, L'Observatoire International, and LERA for the design of the museum's $100 million expansion. The design team reconceived the open spaces to strengthen connections to Cleveland and Lake Erie and extend the user experience of the Rock Hall into the surrounding public realm with a new community park, updates to the plaza, and a green roof as part of the expansion. 

Learn more about the expansion project in Cleveland.com and Cleveland Business Journal.

2023.06.21

High Line – Moynihan Connector Opens

Celebrating with a ribbon cutting and opening to the public on June 22, the High Line – Moynihan Connector now links Moynihan Train Hall and the High Line, bringing a safe, green, and extraordinary pedestrian experience to Midtown West. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Field Operations, the Connector creates an episodic journey with the addition of two new bridges—the Woodland Bridge and the Timber Bridge—that connect the High Line at 30th Street with the Moynihan Train Hall through Brookfield Properties’ Manhattan West and its public plaza.

The creative design collaboration between SOM and Field Operations, under the leadership of Empire State Development, Brookfield Properties, and Friends of the High Line, led to the Connector’s strikingly original and unique character.

Learn more about the Connector on the High Line website and in Fast Company.

2023.06.15

Field Operations Hosts ASLA-NY Open Studio

Field Operations will be hosting an Open Studio with ASLA-NY on June 15 from 6:30–8:30pm to welcome visitors to our office at Bryant Park. We'll be offering light food and drink and sharing ongoing project work with landscape designers from our New York office.

Register on ASLA-NY's website.

2023.06.15

Phase 1 of Amazon Arlington Headquarters Opens

With community members, county officials, Amazon, development partners, and phase 1 building architects ZGF, Field Operations celebrated the official ribbon cutting and community opening of Arlington's Met Park and 19 rooftop terraces that are part of Amazon's new headquarters in Arlington.

At Met Park, a new type of park emerges, one that serves community and corporate Amazon employees alike. With over 50,000 new plants and over 160 distinct native species, Met Park is an extraordinary urban oasis, drawing inspiration from the area's natural context. Featuring a myriad environments and attractions, Met Park includes the meandering Forest Walk, captivating public art, generous lawns, natural playgrounds, overlooks, stepping stones, and community gardens.

Learn more about Amazon's Arlington Headquarters here and in Dezeen.

2023.06.14

James Corner Awarded ASLA Design Medal

In recognition of his career, one that has advanced the field of landscape architecture and urbanism, James Corner has earned the ASLA Design Medal for 2023 from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Nominated by James Burnett, President and Founder of OJB, he says about James Corner, "He is the rare design polyglot: versatile in thinking, writing, teaching, design and advocacy."

Amanda Burden, Principal of Bloomberg Associates says, "His work shines with the power of regeneration, invention, and of course, beauty."

From James Corner: “Landscape architecture has probably never had so much to offer society than it does today: the field's capacity to work creatively with complex natural systems combined with social experience, public space and community, places it squarely in the vanguard of today's built environment and urbanization. Landscape architects do not only resolve problems and create breathtaking beauty in cities, towns and places where people live—they also address the deeper cultural issues of our time: our shared relationship to nature, environment and to one another. Here, the pragmatic poetry of landscape is the art of milieu, the art of human being and becoming in worlds of geography, ecology, place and time.”

Read more from ASLA and the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design.

2023.06.09

The Underline Holds Public Meetings for Phase 3

With clients Friends of The Underline and Miami-Dade Department of Transportation & Public Works as well as collaborators NV2A Group and Central Civil, Field Operations held a second round of public meetings to unveil designs for the third and final phase of The Underline. With design ongoing and composed of seven segments, the team shared updates and solicited feedback from the community about this 7.5-mile-long phase. 

With construction slated to begin in September, the design team will implement adjustments and share final designs with the public during a third round of meetings.

Learn more about Phase 3 with updates from Friends of The Underline and in the Miami Herald.

2023.06.09

Karen Tamir Presents at SCUP's Cornell Tech: A Purpose-Built Campus for the Digital Age

Joining colleagues from Cornell Tech and SOM, Karen Tamir from Field Operations will be a presenter for SCUP's symposium at Cornell Tech, titled Cornell Tech: A Purpose-Built Campus for the Digital Age:

In just a decade, the recently completed Phase I of Cornell Tech has become a fully-fledged, purpose-built campus for the digital age that offers technology, business, law, and design education and research. Located on Roosevelt Island, Manhattan in the middle of the East River, it has quickly become one of the most innovatively sustainable and architecturally significant new campuses. On its ten-year anniversary, this symposium will explore how the planning and design of Cornell Tech expressly creates a catalytic environment to produce visionary ideas and technologies that reinvent the way we live.

Learn more about the symposium and register here.

2023.05.25

Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus Public Realm is Finalist in ULI New York Awards for Excellence

As part of the Urban Land Institute New York (ULI NY)'s eighth annual Awards for Excellence in Development, Phases 1 & 2 of the Columbia University Manhattanville Campus' Public Realm were recognized as a finalist in the Urban Open Space category. 

The awards recognize exceptional development projects in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors across New York. "This year's finalists are raising the bar when it comes to innovative, transformative and responsbile land use and development in New York, said Bethany Logan Ropa, Chair, ULI New York.

Learn more about this year's finalists on the ULI NY website.

2023.05.17

Tatiana Choulika Joins Panel on Design for Ecosystems

Tatiana Choulika, Associate Partner at Field Operations, will join a panel on May 17 with Matthew Palmer, Ben Flanner, and Willy Zambrano, focusing on design for ecosystems. The panel is part of AIA Brooklyn's Good Trouble series, featuring architects, academics, and change makers and considering solutions to some of the most pressing problems in the built environment.

More details about the panel and register here.

2023.05.06

High Line – Moynihan Connector's Timber Bridge Completes Installation

The Timber Bridge has been installed for the High Line – Moynihan Connector! Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Field Operations, and led by client team Empire State Development, Brookfield Properties, and Friends of the High Line, the Connector is composed of two bridges running above Dyer Avenue on West 30th Street. 

Two portions of the Warren truss bridge—made of Alaskan yellow cedar—were suspended over Dyer Avenue and carefully craned into place. Meeting the already lush Woodland Bridge that runs along West 30th, the two bridges will provide a seamless connection for pedestrians between the High Line and Moynihan Train Hall through public spaces at Brookfield Properties' Manhattan West.

Read more about the bridge installation in The New York Times and more about the Moynihan Connector on the Friends of the High Line website.

2023.05.05

Princeton University Celebrates Yeh College and New College West

Princeton celebrated two new residential colleges, Yeh College and New College West, designed to foster connection, inclusivity, and interactions among students on Friday, May 5. The new colleges, which opened last fall, are part of the University’s commitment to make a Princeton education accessible to more high-achieving students from all backgrounds. Field Operations, as Campus Landscape Architect, worked with TenBerke, architect for the two buildings, for new buildings that seek to create inclusive and welcoming spaces, interwoven with landscape.

Read more about Yeh College and New College West in the announcement on Princeton's website.

2023.04.24

Waterfront Seattle's Elliott Way Opens

After years of rebuilding Alaskan Way from S King to Pike streets and building a new street from Pine to Bell streets, Elliott Way has opened at Waterfront Seattle! The new surface street spans 17 blocks from Pioneer Square to Belltown and creates a new connection between Seattle neighborhoods and the waterfront.

With intersections and sidewalks carefully designed to support pedestrian accessibility, the new park promenade and two-way protected bike path will run along the west side of Alaskan Way. Further south, it includes dedicated lanes for transit in and out of downtown, and lanes for ferry queuing. With 46 varieties of plants and over 46,000 individual plantings, the road reflects the city and community's desire for more greenery.

Read more about the project and its opening on Waterfront Seattle's website and on KOMO News.

2023.04.19

Cornell Tech Campus Recognized in 2023 SCUP Awards

Cornell Tech Campus has been recognized with an Honor Award in this year's SCUP Awards for Excellence in Landscape Architecture for Open Space Planning! 

Spanning 12.5 acres on New York City's Roosevelt Island, the master plan for the campus serves as a model for comprehensive site planning and urban design, creating a campus with transparency at the forefront, fostering innovation and collaboration between Cornell Tech and the public. Outwardly engaged, the campus and the buildings are centered around open space and encourage chance meetings and interactions, ultimately realizing something distinctive from the traditional campus plan typology.

Learn more about the project and its award on the SCUP website.

2023.04.12

James Corner Joins FIAF and Bas Smets for Conversation on Re-landscaping Notre-Dame

Hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), James Corner joins Bas Smets, the landscape architect selected to reimagine the public space around Notre Dame de Paris, for a conversation about his vision for this new landscape four years after the tragic cathedral fire. The two will discuss how design plays a role within integrating green spaces into urban environments, with Sara Zewde, Assistant Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, moderating the conversation and Q&A.

Learn more about the event and register here.