Ken Smith

Principal, KEN SMITH WORKSHOP, United States

Ken Smith is one of the best-known of a generation of landscape architects. Trained in both design and the fine arts, he explores the relationship between art, contemporary culture, and landscape.

His practice, Ken Smith Workshop, was established in 1992 and is based in New York City. Ken Smith is committed to creating landscapes, especially parks and other public spaces, as a way of improving the quality of urban life. Much of his work pushes beyond traditional landscape typologies — plaza, street, and garden — to landscapes that draw on diverse cultural traditions and influences of the contemporary urban landscape. Smith’s approach is directed at projects of varying scales and types: temporary installations, private residential gardens, public spaces, parks, and commercial projects.