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About Our Story

We Are KW

Authentically Connecting People to Their Environment

At KW Landscape Architects, ‘together’ is a word that drives us. We are trained designers, place makers and all the things you expect from a landscape architecture firm. We thrive from our authentic and trusting relationships with our clients and teams. 

We believe that trusting relationships provide the foundation to build the exceptional. These relationships allow us to stretch what is possible finding the balance in the tension and reality. It invites our project teams to ask – how we can authentically connect people with their environment? How can we stretch to create exceptional spaces each and every time? 

With collaboration as our ethos and excellence as our standard, we can confidently BUILD THE EXCEPTIONAL, TOGETHER®  

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Office Locations

50+

Employees on Staff

11

Registered States

3600+

Projects Nationwide

12+

Market Sectors

2400+

Tacos Consumed Yearly

Mission

KW’s mission is to design authentic and exceptional outdoor environments that stretch the boundaries of what’s possible through attentive, active, and honest communication.

Our Vision

Building the Exceptional, Together®

At KW, we pride ourselves on our culture of thought leadership and an unwavering commitment to our values. Our approach centers on recognizing and fostering the unique talents of each team member, cultivating an environment of open communication and collaboration. This enables us to deliver exceptional results and engage with clients in a more meaningful way. By valuing and encouraging every individual’s strengths, we are able to develop more creative and thoughtfully designed projects. Our commitment to these value sets us apart and helps us consistently deliver exceptional results. 

Core Values

Our Values Guide Everything We Do

Our values are there to remind us of who we are, and what we want to be. They guide everything we do, from our approach to projects, to how we treat our teams and clients. 

Integrity in All Relationships
  • Through transparency, honesty, and collaboration, we foster an environment where teamwork prevails. With an open door policy, we promote accessibility to all team members, ensuring trust and integrity guide every interaction.
Be Exceptional
  • By embracing curiosity and continuously exploring the potential of landscape architecture, we empower ourselves to achieve remarkable outcomes and set new standards of excellence in our field.
Quality is Non-Negotiable
  • We prioritize excellence in every phase of landscape architecture, by actively seeking and applying feedback for continual improvement, constantly redefining best practices, and striving for longevity in every project.
Stretch for What's Next
  • By being adaptable, fostering energy for innovation, and personally owning our company culture, we embrace change, seek creative solutions, and take responsibility for nurturing a dynamic and thriving work environment.
Integrity in All Relationships
  • Through transparency, honesty, and collaboration, we foster an environment where teamwork prevails. With an open door policy, we promote accessibility to all team members, ensuring trust and integrity guide every interaction.
Be Exceptional
  • By embracing curiosity and continuously exploring the potential of landscape architecture, we empower ourselves to achieve remarkable outcomes and set new standards of excellence in our field.
Quality is Non-Negotiable
  • We prioritize excellence in every phase of landscape architecture, by actively seeking and applying feedback for continual improvement, constantly redefining best practices, and striving for longevity in every project.
Stretch for What's Next
  • By being adaptable, fostering energy for innovation, and personally owning our company culture, we embrace change, seek creative solutions, and take responsibility for nurturing a dynamic and thriving work environment.

A Culture of Authenticity

Through the transformation of leadership, KW has cultivated a culture of authenticity through transparent communication, integrity, and honesty—creating a space for all team members to express their creativity in every conversation. Our commitment to authenticity continues when our teams strive to honor, celebrate, and capture a project’s history, while connecting it to the present and imagining its future.

Our History

Where it Began

Our story begins in a laundry room where a washer and dryer served as a makeshift drawing table, and a single desk was shared among colleagues. During the 1991 recession, Thad Kudela & Darin Weinheimer saw an opportunity to establish a landscape architecture firm, now known as KW, that catered to functional and creative design while adhering to client’s budgets and objectives. Through their hard work, and dedication, founders Thad & Darin transformed the two-man company into a well-respected firm with a strong, driven, and a team-focused culture.

KW Culture

Communication and Collaboration

At KW, we are deeply committed to creating a culture that fosters the professional development and personal growth of every team member. Our approach revolves around nurturing the unique talents and interests of each individual through open communication and collaboration. We actively encourage participation in industry organizations, and attending relevant events because we are committed to being on the leading edge of landscape architecture. This commitment allows team members to expand their knowledge, network with professionals, and bring valuable insights back to the organization.

To foster unity and knowledge sharing, we have implemented company-wide initiatives such as the Virtual Breakfast Tacos teams chat, team-building activities, virtual fireside chats, and an annual townhall event. These transparent initiatives serve to ensure that every office remains connected and well-informed. By providing these opportunities, we strive to cultivate an environment where our team members feel genuinely valued, motivated, and inspired to continue Building the Exceptional, Together®.

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