Kathryn Gustafson

Kathryn Gustafson

As an internationally-acclaimed landscape designer, Kathryn is renowned for creating distinctive sculptural landscapes which engage at a fundamental human level.

One of the founding partners of Gustafson Porter, Kathryn brings a unique ability to define a project’s vision. Kathryn’s method of modelling in clay enables her to create sensually-pleasing and beguilingly-simple landforms. These strong designs offer solace from the clamour of daily life as well as providing a unifying structure for the multi-layered requirements of the public realm.

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, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and Bay East, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Recent projects include Valencia Parque Central, the Novartis North Campus in Basel and Marina One in Singapore.

Kathryn lectures internationally and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architecture and a medallist of the French Academy of Architecture. She is the recipient of the ASLA Design Medal, the Chrysler Design Award, London’s Jane Drew Prize, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize for Architecture and the 8th Obayashi Prize in 2015.

Kathryn was born in the state of Washington, USA, and was educated at the University of Washington in Seattle, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the Ecole National Supérieure de Paysage in Versailles, where she received her diploma in 1979.