Barbara Wilks, FASLA, FAIA
Principal and Founder, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Barbara WilksBarbara Wilks is a leader in the field of design. Beginning her career as an architect, with a B.Arch. from Cornell University and obtaining prominence in that field for her design skills, she soon realized that her interests in public space linked with the profession of landscape architecture. Earning a M.L.A. at the mid-point in her career from the University of Pennsylvania, she founded her new firm in the fall of 1999 in New York City. As an architect and a landscape architect, Wilks uses her leadership skills to realign nature and the city.

Wilks has won many awards for her work and her work has been published internationally. She was elected to both the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architecture for her design accomplishments. She is on the Climate Council of the Van Alen Institute, and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Ian L. McHarg Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Design Trust for Public Space.


St Patrick’s Island, Calgary, AB. Image courtesy of Barbara Wilks.