We are a focused landscape architecture, community and transportation planning, and urban design consultancy with broad expertise in the realm of public spaces and systems.
Meg Storrow and John Kinsella practice their merged and expanded disciplines of planning, urban design and landscape architecture as a 24/7 partnership. It is guided by a theory and practice of the interdependence of places and connections, with a human ecology foundation, as the physical basis of livable, active community. They live that community in Indianapolis, currently from a 26th floor residence vantage point, walking several blocks to the SKA studio along an urban greenway they had a hand in creating. Their work is their play, but biking and swimming enough in the daily gaps makes the too-infrequent trips to their New England haunts for mountain hiking and coastal kayaking less daunting.
Their design expertise and focus has accrued over years of training, travel, practice and immersion in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, historic preservation, experiential graphic design, public art, and multimodal transportation systems. Meg and John's deep and broad experience started with responsible positions in world-class architectural, planning and landscape architecture offices working on major iconic projects including Eero Saarinen’s Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Dulles International Airport terminal, IBM Watson Laboratory and North Christian Church; Roche Dinkeloo's General Foods and Cummins Engine Company's Headquarters; and Paul Rudolph's Boston and Colgate University work. That exposure was foundational to the storrow|kinsella approach to planning and design.
Our projects include regional pedestrian plans and multimodal system plans; scenic byway, greenway, parks/boulevard and entry corridor plans; experiental graphics and public art; and parks, neighborhood and campus plans. The studio is informed by its mid-century modernist heritage tempered by commitment to cultural contextualism. The latter is exemplified by the studio's successful National Historic Landmark Theme Study nomination for Columbus Modernist Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design and Art; and by its work writing the National Register Nominations and successful Listings of the Historic Kessler Park and Boulevard Systems in both Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Project-centered grant writing expertise has garnered over $12 million in awards for our clients.
Meg and John are personally engaged in every facet of the studio's work from conceptual strategies, leading stakeholder workshops, broad planning and detailed execution of the resulting plans, to the very detailed design of landscape and public art elements that comprise public spaces and systems. It is a principal-involvement continuity rarely found in large multi-disciplinary firms engaged in public works, but central to our practice.
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