For over 35 years, Thomas Balsley Associates has reshaped urban space around the world by designing landscapes that teem with public life, and are a source of civic pride. TBA projects range from feasibility planning studies to built urban parks, waterfronts, corporate, commercial, institutional, residential and recreational landscapes. Scales of work range from master plans and urban plazas to small urban spaces, garden design, sculpture and urban furniture. At all project scales, central to the firm’s design approach is Thomas Balsley’s belief that, “Public open spaces are the great democratic spaces, the ultimate common ground.” TBA serves a variety of public and private sector clients with a talented staff of professional landscape architects and planners who are dedicated to the pursuit of relevant and contemporary design excellence. Our expertise and enthusiasm with the collaborative design process encourages stakeholders to develop and exercise a design voice and to participate in their parks’ vision and care. We offer seamlessly-coordinated design/documentation and experienced project management that is well-suited to the physical and bureaucratic complexities of multi-discipline civic projects. Our end goal is the transformation of vision into reality.
In New York City alone, TBA has designed more than 100 public parks and plazas including Peggy Rockefeller Plaza, Chelsea Waterside Park, Riverside Park South and the Queens West parks: Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunters Point Community Park.
Projects outside New York include Main Street Garden Park in Dallas, Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick in San Francisco, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, the plazas at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, the World Trade Center Plaza in Osaka, Japan and the Magok Waterfront and the National Ecological Center in Korea.