Plans for Birmingham Smithfield Approved


Following a vote by the city council's planning committee, Birmingham Smithfield has been given the green light to move forward.

Working with Lendlease, Field Operations led the public realm design that shaped the master plan for a new £1.9 billion GBP mixed-use development at the center of Birmingham. With a new Smithfield Market at the heart of the development and over 3,000 homes, new cultural and leisure facilities, and commercial space, the new development will create a richly textured urban fabric. The site plan comprises an interconnected tissue of new public spaces, strengthening the city center's authentic character and improving connectivity to the surrounding neighborhoods. A variety of vibrant community spaces, a new public park, squares, walks, and active play for children combine as part of an urban greening approach that maximizes green space and prioritizes health and well-being.

Learn more about the vision on the project website and in BBC.

Plans for Birmingham Smithfield Approved

UCSF Health Breaks Ground on New Hospital


UCSF Health celebrated the launch of their "hospital of the future" with an open house to commemorate the groundbreaking of the future UCSF Health Helen Diller Hospital.

The new hospital in Parnassus Heights will be a 15-story state-of-the-art facility, expanding UCSF's ability to provide exceptional care and offering an optimal healing environment that integrates seamlessly into its surroundings, bringing nature, human-centered design, and innovative medical care together.

In collaboration with UCSF Health, HDR, and Herzog & de Meuron, Field Operations has designed landscapes for the hospital from the street level to upper levels that are incorporated within the building's architecture to bring in natural light, plants, and trees. By creating a renewed connection with nature, the hospital is designed to integrate advanced science and care with a healing habitat.

Learn more about the project and groundbreaking in UCSF Health's announcement.

UCSF Health Breaks Ground on New Hospital

Field Operations Announces Partnership


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


AIA Tour of Amazon HQ2: Knitting Together Campus, Community, & Planet

As part of the AIA Conference on Architecture & Design 2024, Sarah Weidner Astheimer joins the AIA Committee on Design, Arlington County Planning, and ZGF Architects for a tour of Amazon's second headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia.

The design team will share more about the project, inclusive of a welcoming 2.5-acre public park, two 22-story buildings with over 2 million sq. ft. of office space, and 50,000 sq. ft. of retail with a publicly accessible lobby prioritizing small, female- and minority-owned businesses, art installations, and neighborhood connections.

Learn more and register for the tour through the AIA Conference.


Field Operations Projects Recognized in Architizer A+Awards

Three Field Operations projects have been recognized in this year's Architizer A+Awards! The High Line – Moynihan Connector received a Popular Choice Award in the Architecture+Landscape category, The Refinery at Domino received both Jury and Popular Choice Awards in the Commercial Adaptive Reuse Projects category, and SKP Chengdu received a Jury Award in the Shopping Center category.

Field Operations is thrilled to share this recognition with our clients and collaborators for these projects. Learn more about the projects and awards on the Architizer website.


Alejandro Vázquez Delivers Lecture with Urban Ecologies Research Seminar Series

Joining Mina Akhavan, MSCA Research Fellow, TU Delft, Alejandro Vázquez will give a lecture, entitled "The Underline: The Re-Naturalization of an Active Transportation Corridor," for the Urban Ecologies Research Seminar Series. Promoted by the Università degli Studi della Basilicata and UNESCO Chair on Mediterranean Cultural Landscape and Communities of Knowledge, the lecture will shed light on the innovative strategies The Underline is taking for re-naturalization in the heart of Miami.


Design Revealed for SWMD Urban Streetscape & Park Transformation Project

On May 14, Texas Trees Foundation and the Southwestern Medical District unveiled the design and launched the Urban Streetscape and Park Transformation Project in Dallas.

As partners for the project, Field Operations has worked with the client team to design a project that will transform the largest "heat island" in the City of Dallas into a healthy, cool oasis that unites the community, promotes health, healing, and safety, and acts as an intersection between health and nature. Supporting the quality of the healthcare provided within the hospital walls, the project aims to address the negative ambient heat impact on more than 42,000 Medical District employees and 3.4 million healthcare patients and visitors. 

The project will increase the Medical District's tree canopy to up 37 percent and will transform the streetscapes within the Medical District from car-centric to people-centric, by greening two miles of public right-of-way and transforming the aging concrete "clover leaf" area into a 10-acre park. 

Learn more about the project in the latest press release.


Lisa Switkin Joins The World Around's 2024 Summit

For The World Around's Annual Summit on May 11, hosted at the Guggenheim Museum, Lisa Switkin will join a panel with Kongjuan Yu from Turenscape and Joe Christa Giraso from MASS Design Group with moderation by Beatrice Galilee. This all-day program curated by Beatrice Galilee will be a year of architecture and design in a day, introducing the best of contemporary buildings, initiatives across landscape, technology and design today.

Learn more and register for the summit here.


Isabel Castilla and Alejandro Vázquez Share Re-Naturalization Strategies for The Underline at AN's Outdoor Spaces

As part of The Architect's Newspaper's Outdoor Spaces on May 8, Isabel and Alejandro will lead a panel conversation titled "The Underline: The Re-Naturalization of an Active Transportation Corridor," sharing strategies employed in Phase 3, currently under construction. 

The virtual one day conference features national leaders in landscape architecture presenting recent projects and discussions on how the relationship to outdoors spaces has changed in light of the pandemic, the urgencies of climate change, the need for new public spaces, and the drive to create more healthy and engaged connections to our landscapes.

Learn more about the conference from The Architect's Newspaper and register here.


Gallery Place Chinatown Task Force Shares Big Ideas for Reimagining Chinatown

With a new report released in May 2024, the District's Chinatown task force—including leaders from D.C. Public Libraries, DowntownDC BID, and the Mayor's Office—released eight "big ideas" to make the neighborhood more livable and energetic. With a study area of 130 acres across 30 city blocks, Field Operations was part of the urban planning team that participated in visioning workshops that ultimately informed these design recommendations. 

Learn more about the 8 big ideas and the vision for Gallery Place Chinatown with Axios D.C. and in the report.


James Corner Delivers Annual Keating Lecture at Princeton Art Museum

James Corner will deliver this year's annual Keating lecture, entitled "Places, Public Life, and Environment," at Princeton Art Museum on May 2. He will discuss a number of the firm's acclaimed design projects, including New York’s High Line, Staten Island’s Freshkills Park, and San Francisco’s Presidio Tunnel Tops, each addressing urgent issues of urbanization, environment, resiliency, and public life. He will also touch on work for Princeton’s campus and new Art Museum.

Learn more about the lecture that's free and open to the public here.


High Line – Moynihan Connector, SKP Chengdu, and The Refinery at Domino Selected as Finalists in Architizer A+Awards

Three Field Operations projects have been selected as finalists in the 12th Annual Architizer A+Awards! The High Line – Moynihan Connector in the Architecture +Landscape category, SKP Chengdu in the Commercial Shopping Center category, and The Refinery at Domino in the Commercial Adaptive Reuse category. Voting is open for the A+Awards Popular Choice winner in each category until May 10—vote at the links below!

Vote for the High Line – Moynihan Connector, SKP Chengdu, and The Refinery at Domino on the Architizer website.


The Green Meridian Podcast Hosts Andrew tenBrink

Andrew tenBrink, design and project management lead for Waterfront Seattle from Field Operations, joined The Green Meridian Podcast to share more about the project.

Shedding light on the complexities of the project through and in-depth conversation, Andrew is responsible for the overall implementation of this incredibly complex and expansive urban renovation, one that includes redirecting urban streets, installation of thousands of native plantings and reconstruction of the Seattle seawall, as well as two of the existing waterfront piers and the creation of a new ferry terminal. With an overall massive renovation to the Pike Place Market area and new interactive ecological displays that will allow for viewing salmon habitat and the reestablishment of kelp forests, the Waterfront Seattle project merges urban design strategies with the reestablishment of wildlife habitat, all while aiding public education about natural ecologies.

Listen to the episode here, and a previous conversation with Alejandro Vázquez, Justin Jackson, and Seth Rodewald-Bates from Field Operations here.


High Line – Moynihan Connector Selected as Finalist in 14th Annual AZ Awards

The High Line – Moynihan Connector is a finalist in the 14th Annual Azure AZ Awards! Nominated in the Urban Infrastructure & Urban Interventions category, the Connector is a 600-foot-long elevated walkway that connects the High Line to Moynihan Train Hall via Manhattan West Plaza and transforms an environment dominated by cars into a safe, green, and episodic urban journey.

Vote for the project to help it win the People's Choice Award until May 17 here.


Field Operations Leads Tour of The Refinery at Domino with PAU and Urban Design Forum

As part of Urban Design Forum's Public Works series, Lisa Switkin joins Ruchika Modi from PAU to lead a tour of the newly transformed Domino Sugar Refinery.

Nearly two decades have passed since the Williamsburg rezoning, prompting an influx of new investments in housing, office development, and notable open spaces such as Domino Park and the forthcoming Domino Square. Bridging the neighborhood’s industrial heritage with recent growth, the adaptive reuse of the former Domino Sugar Refinery aims to become a focal point for a new urban campus.

Learn more and register on Urban Design Forum's website.


Lisa Switkin Lectures at The Cooper Union

Lisa Switkin joins The Cooper Union for their Student Lecture Series with "Immersion" on April 11. Lisa will share her work and thoughts on designing immersive landscapes and places that are meant to be explored, discovered, experienced, and felt. She will explain how immersing oneself in all aspects of the work and process, including thought and strategy, site and place, and community and experience, is fundamental to our role as designers of place.

Learn more and register for Zoom attendance on The Cooper Union's website.


The Green Meridian Podcast Hosts Alejandro Vázquez, Justin Jackson, and Seth Rodewald-Bates

Alejandro Vázquez, Justin Jackson, and Seth Rodewald-Bates from Field Operations recently joined Alan Burke and Bill Peregrine from The Green Meridian Podcast for a conversation about landscape architecture, horticulture, and building your network.

Sharing more about their individual experiences within the field and at Field Operations, they give insight into their mutual passion for designing with plants, and how this has informed their approach for projects from San Francisco to Arlington to South Florida. Elaborating on partnerships with horticulturalists, nurseries, botanical gardens, and soil scientists, the team shares details about some of the projects they've been working on and how these collaborations have been instrumental in creating successful large-scale public space projects.

Listen to the full conversation here.


320 & 340 Nevins Street Celebrates Groundbreaking

As one of the first projects to move forward under the Gowanus Neighborhood Mixed Income Housing Development Program and overseen by Empire State Development, 320 and 340 Nevins Street celebrated its groundbreaking on February 9.

Developed by Charney Companies and Tavros Holdings, the 654-unit mixed-use, two tower development includes 154 affordable residential units. Working closely with the building architects, Fogarty Finger Architects, Field Operations designed a new public waterfront along the Gowanus Canal, drawing inspiration from the working barges that are a part of the canal's industrial history, creating a public space that supports the mixed-use development with spaces for art, leisure, gathering, and spaces to enjoy nature with riparian gardens.

Learn more about the groundbreaking in the press release from Governor Kathy Hochul's office and in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Lisa Tziona Switkin Joins Panel for Allegheny Conference on Community Development 2024 Annual Meeting

As part of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development's 2024 Annual Meeting, Lisa Tziona Switkin joins Allegheny Conference CEO Stefani Pashman, Allegheny Conference Chair David Holmberg, and Mayor Gainey of Pittsburgh for a moderated panel.

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development is the sole organization committed to improving the Pittsburgh region’s economic future and quality of life. The Conference brings together public and private sector leaders across Pittsburgh to define and communicate a regional vision, build partnerships and mobilize action to advance a shared vision for the future.

Learn more on their website.


Crossing Coastal Corners on Power of Place – Stories of the Pacific Northwest

Following an incredible year of construction progress and openings for Waterfront Seattle in 2023, Andrew tenBrink—a Director at Field Operations who has been a leader for the firm's work on the waterfront since October 2010—joined Power of Place – Stories of the Pacific Northwest for a conversation about the project and the transformative effects of landscape architecture within cities.

Learn more about Field Operations' approach to revitalizing the waterfront, with a focus on listening to local voices, and join Andrew for a virtual tour of Seattle's new network of open spaces, diving into the details that root it to its place, inspired by the site's history and the local community.

Listen to the full episode here.