MVVA is a landscape architecture firm that creates environmentally sustainable and experientially rich places across a wide range of landscape scales, from city to campus to garden.
Founded in 1982, MVVA maintains offices in Brooklyn, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its earliest works, primarily gardens, plazas, and other smaller institutional projects, were critically celebrated for their groundbreaking achievements. In the next decade, MVVA’s commissions expanded to a scale in which it was possible for landscape to drive urban form, with projects such as the Master Plans for Waller Creek and Princeton University, and built work like Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Alumnae Valley Landscape Restoration.
Working closely with urban planners, architects, engineers, and ecologists, MVVA has emerged as an innovative leader of multidisciplinary urban design teams. The firm’s collaborative approach ensures that the experience of MVVA’s built landscapes grows from, and is supported by, outstanding environmental performance, financial resourcefulness, technical innovation, and material expression. This integrated design methodology allows the firm to synergistically leverage opportunities that arise throughout the design process.
MVVA engages in design and planning as a creative collective. Guided by principals Laura Solano, Matthew Urbanski, Paul Seck, Gullivar Shepard, and Michael Van Valkenburgh, who have worked together for over fifteen years, the 75-person firm includes a talented group of associate principals and senior associates and a remarkable design staff with academic backgrounds across a broad range of allied disciplines. This multidisciplinary fluency is one of the firm's greatest assets.
MVVA’s designed landscapes are the result of great enthusiasm for the craft of building, resulting in wide acclaim from clients, critics, and the public. The firm’s projects have received numerous honors including awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, the U.S. National Park Service, the Municipal Arts Society of New York City, the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Building Stone Institute, the Waterfront Center, Places/EDRA, Progressive Architecture, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.