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Barbara Swift

Barbara Swift, FASLA



Barbara’s enthusiasm for landscape architecture and urban design is contagious, and her portfolio demonstrates strength in all areas of landscape architecture and urban design. As a skilled and seasoned practitioner, she is committed to creating powerful places that resonate over time. Barbara is known for her collaborative skills, strategic thinking, and design excellence in diverse circumstances from urban systems to wild landscapes. Barbara’s innovative work has been acknowledged with multiple awards and fellowships with Centrum, the European Ceramic Work Centre, and the Runstad Center. Her commitment is evidenced in years of service with the Seattle Design Commission, Seattle Arts Commission, and the ARCADE Journal.


University of Washington, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 1976
Independent Study, Kyoto Japan, 1973-1974


Licensed Landscape Architect, Washington, Wyoming, Oregon and Idaho States


American Society of Landscape Architects, Fellow
Seattle American Institute of Architects, Honorary Member
University of Washington Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies 2015/2016 Affiliate Fellow
Northwest Perennial Alliance, Advisory Board Member
Seattle Design Festival 2011, Honorary Chair
ARCADE Journal, Editorial Committee, Guest Editor, 2000-Present
University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Committee, Past Chair
Washington State Capital Campus Design Advisory Committee, Past Chair, 2000-2013
City Design–City of Seattle Urban Design Office, Co-Founder
Seattle Waterfront Redevelopment Committee, Member, 2003-2007
Seattle Design Commission, Chair, 1994-1998
Seattle Arts Commission, Chair, 1981-1986
European Ceramic Work Centre, Fellowship, 2006
Passions: Travel, Writing, Food, Gardening

selected projects+

Oregon State University College of Forestry | Corvallis, Oregon
Oregon State University Cascades Campus Master Plan | Bend, Oregon
2+U | Seattle, WA
Seattle Arena | Seattle, WA
Sound Transit U Link, North Link and East Link Stations | Seattle, WA
University of Washington North Campus Housing Study | Seattle, WA
University of Washington School of Fisheries | Seattle, WA
Seattle Public Utilities South Transfer Station + Recycling Center | Seattle, WA
Grand Teton National Park Craig Thomas Discovery + Visitor Center | Moose, WY
Ballard Library and Neighborhood Service Center | Seattle, WA
Ballard Commons | Seattle, WA
Alaskan Way Viaduct Pike Place Market Lid TSL Study | Seattle, WA
Washington State University Terrell Mall | Pullman, WA