The Lurie Garden
at Millennium Park

Part of Millennium Park, the Lurie Garden brings the experience and ecology of Chicago’s native prairie landscape into its densest downtown neighborhood – while providing spaces for resting, socializing, and a myriad of cultural activities. Over 1.5 million from 20 countries visit the Lurie Garden annually.


Photo: Daniel Schwartz

Park at CityCenter

“The fountains’ undulating stone surfaces can be enjoyed year-round – even when the water is turned off. The sculpted, textured stonework accentuates the water's flow and creates beautiful shadow patterns that change throughout the day."
- Rodrigo Abela, Principal
Designed to feel comfortable and welcoming at all times, the Park at CityCenter embraces the mixed-use, street-oriented, retail environment of CityCenterDC. Two fountains frame the experience of entering the park with the sight and sound of moving water.


Pike-Pine Renaissance Streetscape Design
Concept and Action Strategies

The Downtown Seattle Association engaged GGN to create an implementable, detailed plan of phased, opportunistic streetscape improvements to refresh the city's downtown core. GGN responded by proposing a consistent return to the city's simple, historic sidewalk standards -- tweaked to strengthen the contrast between avenues and streets -- along with a bold prioritization of pedestrians at intersections.

Download a PDF of the Pike-Pine Renaissance Design Vision, and please visit


Photo: Lend Lease

Barangaroo South

“We at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol are honored to participate in this very special undertaking to create a truly remarkable waterfront for the people of Sydney. Sydney has one of the most beautiful landscapes and harbours in the world, and Barangaroo South will be a vital addition to the city.”
-Kathryn Gustafson, Founding Principal
GGN was engaged by Lend Lease to provide the public domain concept design for Barangaroo South on the international landmark of Sydney Harbour in Australia. Barangaroo South is a 19-acre project that is transforming the southern section of the former 54-acre East Darling Harbour container wharf into a lively mixed-use precinct. The public domain concept developed by GGN unifies this new waterfront neighborhood with several significant waterfront spaces, a large park, and pedestrian-oriented promenades and streetscapes. 


Unified Ground:
Union Square National Mall

"Our design for a durable and flexible plaza will bring life and activity to the site and will take the pressure from the mall's lawn panels, making it a more sustainable landscape."
Rodrigo Abela, Principal

This winning design for the Union Square Competition, situated at the base of the Capitol in Washington DC, engages visitors with an impressive monumental scale, while also providing comfortable places for a range of experiences and voices. 



This project is going to be a true city center - our downtown retail anchor - befitting a world class city.”
- Mayor Adrian M. Fenty

CityCenterDC is a 10-acre site in the heart of downtown Washington DC, developed by Hines/Archstone with architecture led by Foster + Partners. CityCenterDC converts former superblocks into a mixed-use urban center with a fine-grained network of streets and alleys, plazas, a park, and multiple landscaped terraces.

CityCenterDC is now under construction.


for Landscape Forms

"The UrbanEdge family of framing and seating elements is designed to be flexible, customizable, and comfortable, like an outdoor living room."
- Stacy Vayanos, Associate  

The UrbanEdge collection is produced by Landscape Forms, the world’s largest manufacturer of high-design site and streetscape furniture collections. UrbanEdge pairs GGN’s experience in designing urban spaces with Landscape Forms’ expertise in developing beautiful site furnishings that address issues in urban environments; built to perform and endure under conditions of high-usage.  

Explore the collection at Landscape Forms


Photo: Timothy Hursley

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus is designed as a locally grounded environment for global work and dialogue. In concert with the campus architecture by NBBJ, GGN designed a campus landscape for outdoor work and collaborative problem-solving. A series of serene spaces celebrate the Foundation's roots in Seattle, with a growing forest canopy, rainwater-fed water gardens, courtyards of salvaged cobble, and extensive green roofs.

Phase One of the campus was completed and certified LEED NC 2.2 Platinum in 2011.


Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery is located in a National Historic Landmark Building in Washington, DC. This award-winning project was a collaboration with Foster + Partners.


Photo: John Keatley

University of Washington
West Campus Residences

“. . . the urban design of this challenging project is excellent. The sitting areas and other public space details are meaningful and the public connections at the large and small scale really work."
- 2013 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Jury

Encompassing four city blocks, the UW West Campus Residences create a balance of public and private spaces. 


North End Parks

The "Big Dig" burial of the I-93 Freeway beneath Boston created a swath of reclaimed land through downtown. The North End Parks, a 3-acre series of parcels on the tunnel lid, created a welcoming social space at the threshold to the North End neighborhood.

The Parks, GGN's collaboration with CSS Boston, opened views and restored street connections that had been severed for decades. 


Venice Biennale -
Towards Paradise

Towards Paradise was the first significant installation of landscape as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale. The installation was conceived as a contemporary allegory in the broadest sense - taking the visitor on a journey through earthly dilemmas, evoking what has been lost and what can be gained between man and the landscape.


National Museum of African
American History & Culture

The landscape design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture situates the NMAAHC within the context of the Washington Monument Grounds as an object in a field, drawing the open, pastoral nature of the Washington Monument grounds through the Museum site.


Centennial Park
Master Plan

GGN led a multi-disciplinary planning team to formulate the long-range plan for Nashville's central park -- Centennial Park. GGN's master plan acknowledges past and future simultaneously, respecting the important tradition of Centennial Park while transforming the park into an active place for future generations; a model of sustainable ecological practice; and a destination experience of Nashville's horticultural excellence.


Maggie Bench
for Landscape Forms

Landscape Forms, North America’s largest manufacturer of site furniture, announces the Maggie Bench and Charlie Table, designs from Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN).

Originally designed by GGN for Chicago’s Millennium Park, the Maggie Bench expresses the form and gesture of the human body with a light stance and a minimum use of materials. Click here for more information about Maggie.


Vancouver Community Connector

GGN's winning proposal for the Vancouver Community Connector reconnects a severed downtown core that was divided by the I-5 freeway. The design laces multiple, street-scale connections across a landbridge structure that is designed -- in collaboration with Allied Works and Arup -- like a honeycomb, to treat and hold stormwater through filters of native plants and deep soils. The landscape "regrounds" the historic Fort buildings and surrounding city in the native landscape and "wet prairie" ecology of Fort Vancouver.


University of Washington Lower Rainier Vista

The Rainier Vista axis is a central component of the University of Washington’s historic campus layout. The Vista was first conceived by the Olmsted Brothers as the central axis for the Alaska Yukon Exposition in the early 1900s, framing a grand view of Mount Rainier. GGN's new design of Lower Rainier Vista extends, clarifies, and finally completes the Vista, reconnecting the isolated Montlake Triangle to the whole of the UW campus.


University of Washington
School of Medicine Phase 2

Situated on the north edge of downtown Seattle, the design strives to create a strong sense of identity for the UW School of Medicine campus while responding to the unique programming needs of a biotech research facility.   The integrated landscape components promote a cohesive site experience as one moves through the indoor-outdoor spaces. 


Charlie Table
for Landscape Forms

Landscape Forms, North America’s largest manufacturer of site furniture, announces the Maggie Bench and Charlie Table, designs from Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN).

Originally designed by GGN for Chicago’s Millennium Park, the Charlie Table re-imagines the traditional picnic table as a fluid and ergonomic piece of furniture. Charlie's open ends provide integrated wheelchair access. Click here for more information about Charlie.