At Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, we are inspired by the power of landscape architecture to deliver beauty in its many forms: rational, lyrical, and exuberant. We believe that the most meaningful landscapes anticipate what they will mean to their many audiences and emerge from straightforward, elegant problem-solving techniques. Our work is unfussy and original, sustainable and enjoyable, democratic and direct. MVVA believes that landscape plays a critical role in shaping a positive experience of place both found and designed and that a strong sense of place helps enhance everyday experience, healthy communities, and quality of life, which are at the heart of a livable city.

Our staff of 100 work collaboratively to ensure that every project benefits from our multidisciplinary fluency. Our work encompasses a range of scales and landscape types, from the design of large public parks and university campuses, down to intimate gardens and private landscapes. Regardless of project size or location, MVVA’s built landscapes also exemplify outstanding environmental performance, financial resourcefulness, and technical innovation. Our landscapes are social and programmatic centers for communities, institutions, and individual places that become part of daily life.