Gina Ford is a landscape architect, co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. Underpinning her two decades of practice are a commitment to the design and planning of public places and the perpetuation of the value of landscape architecture via thought leadership, exhibitions, teaching, writing and lecturing.
Gina’s work encompasses a wide range of scales and project types, from public parks and plazas to large-scale landscape planning and waterfront projects. She brings to each project a passion for the process of making vibrant landscape spaces—from the conceptual design to the details of implementation—with a particular focus on the life and use of urban, public environments. Gina led the design of the Chicago Riverwalk, Boston’s Lawn on D, Council Bluff’s Tom Hanafan Rivers Edge Park and Raleigh’s Moore Square and strategic planning efforts including the Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery Planning, the Rebuild by Design Competition and the Changing Course Competition while a principal with Sasaki. Her work with Agency includes the White River Vision Plan, Boulevard Crossing Park on the Atlanta BeltLine and the Sarasota Bayfront Park.
Her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects, among others. She is on the board of directors for the City Parks Alliance and the stewardship council for the Cultural Landscape Foundation. She served as the Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and the Dr. Nancy Panak Kwallek Endowed Chair in Design and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. She received the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Charles Eliot Travelling Fellowship and Wellesley College’s Shaw Fellowship. Agency Landscape + Planning is the recipient of the 2018 Irwin J. And Xenia S. Miller Prize.
Gina is an avid advocate for diversity and inclusion with emphasis on gender justice and equality. Her work in this realm includes the formation and leadership of WxLA – an advocacy initiative manifest in the first-ever Women’s Landscape Equality (re)Solution and the annual WxLA Scholarship.