After developing a niche early in his career as the SWA Group’s irrigation designer, Kevin Shanley eventually took on project production and design responsibility, focusing on water elements of every scale, from intimate water gardens to natural watersheds. A decade later, he became managing principal at the firm’s Houston office and was named president of the firm in 2003. Kevin has worked in many locations from North America to the Middle East to the Far East. He is particularly talented at solving three-dimensional site planning puzzles, whether in complex natural landforms or in urban environments. Kevin’s national and international work has repeatedly been honored by the ASLA and by the Texas ASLA Chapter as well as by various AIA chapters, and landscape construction and environmental organizations. He has worked on significant natural systems projects, including Sims Bayou, Buffalo Bayou, Brays Bayou, San Antonio River Improvements, Shenzhen Bay, Napa River; award- winning civic projects, including Nanhai Citizens Plaza, Cotswald 2000, Federal Reserve Bank Dallas, National Civic Rights Museum, and Terry Hershey Park; innovative, landscape-focused transportation projects, including Green Ribbon in the Houston metroplex and Luohu Station Redevelopment in Shenzhen China; planned communities and town centers, including First Colony, New Territory, River Islands, Hidiv Beldisi in Istanbul; as well as important corporate/commercial/hospitality projects, including Federal Express Headquarters, Phoenix Tower and Seven Seas in Turkey.
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