Gwendolyn McGinn graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master Degree in Landscape Architecture and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. As a graduate student, she studied tree roots as a dynamic element of the living ground. This research received a National ASLA Student Honor Award and Gwen was interviewed about this research by Landscape Architecture Magazine in 2016. Results of her root research will be presented at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.
Gwen’s interest in dynamic systems translated directly to her work on the Tylee Farm Master Plan at Studio Outside, which was awarded a Texas ASLA Merit Award and featured in a 2017 Landscape Architecture Magazine article. Through her continued work at Tylee Farm, she has developed an expertise in native Texas prairie restoration, and large-scale site work.
As a part of the restoration of Heritage Park Plaza in Fort Worth, Gwen developed an ideological framework for the restoration based on her analysis of the site and the park’s original design intent. This framework served as a base to ground all design decisions in the park’s restoration.
Gwen’s work often considers scientific theory and thoughtful moments of joyful whimsy. She is fascinated by novel ecologies in urban spaces, and strives to always bring these interests in the vernacular to her projects.