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SWA/Balsley – Senior Landscape Architect/Studio Director (Minimum 10 years)

Posted: Monday, September 12, 2022

Join SWA/Balsley!

Join the new firm of SWA/Balsley to leverage your hard-earned design, technical, management, and NYC expertise into your next great title and leadership opportunity on projects of all types throughout the U.S. and abroad.

SWA/Balsley is actively seeking a highly skilled Senior Landscape Architect/Studio Director for immediate employment in the award-winning New York City Studio. SWA/Balsley has evolved from Thomas Balsley Associates into a collaborative studio whose philosophy places a high value on design contribution at all phases of a project’s development. SWA/Balsley’s portfolio focuses on resilient and sustainable urban public realms, such as parks, waterfronts, and landscape infrastructure, as well as high profile and diverse tower, mixed use, residential, education, and commercial projects.

In collaboration with ASLA National Design Medalist Tom Balsley and other studio leaders, you can seize this unique opportunity to help shape the direction of a new dynamic studio, develop a robust portfolio of design excellence and engage with other studios of SWA – the largest landscape architecture firm in the U.S.

About the position:

    • Shared leadership role with the managing principal in directing the studio and its people.
    • Design, documentation, and construction administration of your own and others current and future projects.
    • Project management, client management, and coordination of your own and others projects.
    • Representing the firm at client and agency meetings and industry conferences.
    • Mentoring and developing the skills of landscape architecture staff.
    • Contributing to the marketing/business development efforts and recruitment.

Current Projects

    • Innovation QNS in Astoria, New York
    • Fordham Landing in the Bronx, New York
    • Bayfront Redevelopment in Jersey City, New Jersey
    • Uptown ATX in Austin, Texas
    • TPLink Headquarters in Shenzhen, China
    • Shijiazhuang CBD Park in Shijiazhuang, China
    • OSIRIA in Seoul, South Korea
    • Nelson Mandela Park in Rotterdam, Netherlands
    • Jeddah Central District in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    • Wadi Safar in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    • Golden Gate in Cairo, Egypt

We are looking for someone who:

    • Has extensive management and technical experience with landscape architectural firms and large complex projects.
    • Has familiarity with NYC public agencies as well as the private sector.
    • Is a team player who collaborates as part of a diverse studio team from design through execution.
    • Possesses strong problem solving, critical thinking, and analysis skills.
    • Has strong verbal, written, and graphic communication skills.
    • Can work autonomously with strong organizational and time management skills.
    • Displays leadership qualities, drive, and self-initiative.
    • Able to represent the firm at conferences and events and to travel both nationally and abroad.
    • Has directed, mentored, and trained junior staff and entry level designers.
    • Liaise with PR, social media, and marketing for rainmaking goals.

Why SWA/Balsley?

    • Lead and help drive growth for a new firm with an established national design reputation for thought leadership.
    • Opportunities to lead diverse project types of the highest design caliber including national and international public parks as well as on-going and new NYC metropolitan commissions.
    • Extraordinary personal title and leadership growth potential within SWA/Balsley and the affiliate SWA.
    • A legendary reputation for “design first” as well as SWA’s XL Lab and its Field Groups.
    • Opportunities to cross-fertilize with SWA’s eight other studios and their leaders across the U.S. and abroad.
    • SWA is an Employee Ownership firm with an unparalleled benefits package including fully funded bonuses, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, full 401k match, generous health insurance, and H1B sponsorship in the U.S. where applicable.
    • Work in the vibrant and easily accessed NoMad neighborhood of NYC.

About SWA/Balsley and SWA Group:

SWA/Balsley is a predecessor to Thomas Balsley Associates whose work has earned national and international reputation for award-winning public parks, plazas, and waterfronts designed to the highest standards of social, cultural, and environmental resiliency and is led by the National ASLA Design Medalist Tom Balsley. SWA/Balsley notable projects include Riverside Park South, Peggy Rockefeller Plaza, Hunter’s Point South and Gantry Plaza Parks, Burj Khalifa Dubai, San Jacinto Plaza, Curtis Hixon Park, Perk Park, Osaka World Trade Center, and 51 Astor Place. Our affiliate, SWA Group, is the largest landscape architecture firm in the U.S.— with studios in Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Sausalito, Shanghai, and an affiliate office in New York, SWA/Balsley.

SWA works to develop complete designers throughout their careers versed in concept design through construction, eventually specializing according to their strengths and talents. As a 60 year old employee-owned company, SWA has some of the best employee benefits in the industry. Profit sharing, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) contributions, and bonuses are additional compensation to competitive salaries. This adds to full medical coverage, dental insurance, emergency medical and travel assistance, pre-tax commuter checks, paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday), 401K matching contribution to your retirement plan, supplemental paid parental leave, reimbursement of testing for licensure, and H1B sponsorship in the U.S. where applicable.

Minimum Requirements:

    • Accredited Degree in Landscape Architecture or Architecture.
    • Minimum 10 years of professional experience.
    • Excellent written, verbal, and graphic communication skills.
    • Experience in project and client management, design and technical documentation, construction support services, studio and team management, and rainmaking.
    • Fluency in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Licensed in the State of New York or ability to obtain license within 1 year.
    • Experience working with NYC public agencies, particularly Parks and DDC.
    • Experience leading a variety of public and private projects at a range of scales.
    • Knowledge of Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, and other 3D computer applications.
    • Strong knowledge of construction documentation and plant materials.
    • Experience in business development and marketing.
    • Prior leadership experience with large teams.


    • Portfolio (PDF, 20MB max.)
    • Resume/CV (word or PDF)
    • Contact information for 2-3 references
    • Cover letter

Send materials in PDF format to We will carefully consider your application during our initial screening and will contact you if you are selected for an interview by video-conference.

Learn more about our firm at


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New York, NY

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Submitters Name:

Nicole Giangregorio

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