COUNTS STUDIO

Christopher Counts

Design Director cc@counts.design Christopher is a designer whose work is concerned the design of outdoor urban places programmatic range and ecological health of our built environment. He is the founder and Director of Design at Counts Studio. Recognized as an emerging leader in the field, Counts has planned and designed parks, plazas, gardens, and campuses in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, The Republic of Georgia, and China. His professional design work has contributed to over 30 national and international design awards and been published in such leading publications as Landscape Architecture Magazine, Metropolis, and Atlas in World Landscape Architecture. His recent work with Counts Studio includes the National Competition Finalist Design for the World War 1 National Memorial in Washington, DC, Moore Square in Raleigh, NC which won a National ASLA Honor Award, the competition awarded Beijing Expo Masters Garden, a 40-acre rooftop park for Qinshan New City located outside of Hong Kong, and the 337 Garden in New York City. Prior to founding Counts Studio, Christopher was a Senior Associate at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates where he collaborated with Michael Van Valkenburgh on the design of many of the firm’s signature, award-winning urban projects including the ASLA Green Roof, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House, and the 300-acre urban design for Lower Don Lands in Toronto Canada. Counts is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a two-time Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum National Design Award nominee, and has been an invited critic at Harvard University, Yale University, Parsons, City College, NYU, The University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, and Hong Kong University. He has lectured at numerous leading universities and professional conferences such as ASLA National Conventions, the National Building Museum, and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. His academic appointments include Visiting Lecturer at the University of Virginia and Stuckeman Professor in Design at the Pennsylvania State University of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He received his BLA from the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design and his MLA from Harvard University.

Noteworthy Design Experience & Awards

American Society of Landscape Architects Green Roof, Washington, D.C. Project Designer, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY 2007 NYASLA Honor Award 2010 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence Lower Don Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Project Designer, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY Selected as one of 16 founding projects for the Climate Positive Development Program (former U.S. President Bill Clinton's Climate Initiative and the U.S. Green Building Council) 2011 Excellence in planning Award, Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) 2010 Institute of Transportation Engineers Transportation Achievement Award 2009 BEX International Award for Best Futuristic Design 2008 ASLA national Analysis and Planning Honor Award 2007 Toronto Urban Design Award Bailey Plaza, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York Project Designer, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY 2008 Building Stone Institute Tucker Design Award Corktown Common, Toronto, Ontario Canada Project Designer, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY 2015 ASLA National Design Honor Award Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York Design Team Member, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY 2009 Waterfront Center “Excellence on the Waterfront” Award for the 2005 Master Plan 2009 ASLA National Analysis and Planning Honor Award 2011 Municipal Art Society of New York Brendan Gill Prize 2014 American Planning Association's National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design 2014 Municipal Art Society of New York Masterwork Prize for the Best Urban Landscape Novartis U.S. Headquarters East Village Courtyard, East Hanover, New Jersey Project Designer, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY Hudson Park and Boulevard, New York, New York Project Designer, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY 2007 Invited Competition Winner BJC Plaza with Mia Lin, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri Project Designer, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY London Olympics Kayak Course and Park, London, United Kingdom Project Designer, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House, Washington, D.C. Design Team Member, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY 2002 National Competition Winner Teardrop Park, New York, New York Design Team Member, Senior Associate with MVVA, New York, NY 2009 ASLA National Design Honor Award Moore Square Master Plan, Raleigh, North Carolina Design Director, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2014 Rosa Barba Biennial Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain 2014 Implementation Phase RFQ Winner 2013 ASLA National Honor Award in Analysis and Planning 2009 National Competition Winner World War 1 Memorial Competition Finalist, Washington, DC Design Director, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2015-2016 International Competition Finalist Blind Competition with 359 International Entries Off-The-Rails National Design Competition Design Director, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2016 Competition Finalist Happy Valley Garden, Whuhan, China Design Director, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2014 First Place International Competition Winner Blind Competition with over 900 Entries from 30 different Countries Perry Harvey Park Renovation, Tampa, Florida Design Director, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York Second Place Finalist Beijing International Garden Expo, Beijing, China Design Director, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2013 International Competition Winner