Kathryn Gustafson

Kathryn Gustafson (born 1951) is an American landscape architect. Her work includes the Gardens of the Imagination in Terrasson, France; a city square in Évry, France; and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, London. She has won awards and prizes including the Millennium Garden Design Competition. She is known for her ability to create sculptural forms, using earth, grass, stone and water.[1]

Early life

Gustafson was born and grew up in Yakima, Washington in 1951,[1] her father was a heart surgeon.[2] The basis of her designs comes from her memories of past settings. The region around Yakima is a desert-like plateau surrounded by mountains. At the age of 18, Gustafson attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied applied arts for about a year. She then moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduating from the Fashion Institute, Gustafson moved to Paris to be a fashion designer. Gustafson turned to landscape design. She was educated at the Ecole Nationale Superieure du Paysage in Versailles, where she graduated in 1979.

Design work

Kathryn’s work is predominantly civic, institutional, and corporate, including parks, gardens and community spaces. Her award-winning projects include Westergasfabriek Culture Park in Amsterdam, Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London, Bay East and Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Recent projects include Valencia Parque Central, the Novartis Campus in Basel and Marina One in Singapore.

She has become known for her creations of sculptural forms. Her work has been compared with the designs of landscape architect Isamu Noguchi.[1]


Gustafson Guthrie Nichol was established in Seattle and founded by Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie, and Shannon Nichol.

Gustafson Porter, founded by Gustafson and Neil Porter in 1997, is situated in London. The firm receives international projects in the UK, Asia, Europe and Middle East.

Notable works

Selected awards

  1. Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture (2012)[4]
  2. American Society of Landscape Architects Design Medal (2008)[5]
  3. Royal Designer for Industry U.K (RDI: 2005)[6]
  4. Remarkable Garden (2004)[7]
  5. Chrysler Design Award (2001)[8]
  6. Honorary Fellow RIBA (1999)[9]
  7. Jane Drew Prize (1998)[10]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Hales, Linda (June 25, 2005). "Landscape Architect Kathryn Gustafson, Going With the Flow". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  2. Watts, Michael. "THE SKY IS MINE". http://moreintelligentlife.co.uk/. Retrieved 10 June 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  3. 1 2 3 Raver, Anne (July 15, 2004). "NATURE; Softening a City With Grit and Grass". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  4. Mckee, Brad. "GUSTAFSON WINS THE BRUNNER". www.http://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org. Retrieved 10 June 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  5. "ASLA 2008 Honors". http://www.asla.org/. Retrieved 10 June 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  6. "Current Honorary Royal Designers". http://www.thersa.org/. Retrieved 10 June 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  7. "Remarkable gardens". http://www.jardins-imaginaire.com/. Retrieved 10 June 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  8. "Chrysler Design Awards". http://www.chrysler.com/. Retrieved 10 June 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  9. "RIBA Honorary Fellows" (PDF). http://www.architecture.com/. Retrieved 10 June 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  10. "In brief: Jane Drew prize goes to Gustafson". Architects' Journal. 11 June 1998. Retrieved 12 January 2014.


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