Jacob brings a wide array of skills to SWA/Balsley. His prior 15 years of client relations and business management experience has contributed to his success as a Project Manager, where he has led projects from concept through to construction for a variety of clients, from private developers to public stakeholders. As a Landscape Designer by training, Jacob has worked extensively on planting plans for large and small scale projects, from public open spaces to plazas and residential amenity terraces. He is deeply passionate about using native plants, and takes pride in having implemented native palettes for projects such as Hunters Point South Waterfront Park and Riverside Park South. He currently serves on the executive committee of the ASLA NY chapter.
Steven T. Lee is a Professional Landscape Architect and urban designer with a passion for crafting meaningful and engaging urban public spaces and landscapes. At SWA/Balsley he brings a strong design voice to lead complex public realm projects locally and abroad, including urban boulevards, parks, plazas, and academic campuses. Steven also helps nurture a dynamic and collaborative studio environment, enabling the SWA/Balsley design team to collectively generate great ideas and innovative solutions for all projects. His previous work at West 8 includes Drexel Square in Philadelphia with SHoP Architects, 87 Park in Miami Beach with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Trillium Park in Toronto, and large-scale urban master plans in Portland, Oregon and Silicon Valley. In all his work, Steven continually strives to push boundaries around landscape narrative, performance, and experience. His work is notable for fusing human comfort and sociability with a formal language driven by culture and place. Steven holds an undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as a design critic at Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, the Stuckeman School at Penn State University, and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.