Pershing Square Renew Design Competition Finalists’ Proposals


Just as Downtown Los Angeles is becoming one of the most vibrant and exciting urban centers in America, our goal is for Pershing Square to be one of the top destinations in Southern California.

In September we invited design firms from around the world to compete to be selected as our design partner in re-envisioning Pershing Square, Los Angeles’ oldest park in the heart of DTLA, into the city’s town square. According to our Executive Director: “Their challenge isn’t to win awards; it’s to win over hearts. More than anything else, these groups need to focus on the experiences their design will inspire and the memories the Square will create.”

On April 28, 2016, the 4 finalists for the Pershing Square Renew design competition presented their proposals for re-invisioning Pershing Square.

Now you can have your say! Click below to view the finalists' proposals and tell us what you think.

Agence Ter and Team

With the aim of being capable of realizing the vision for Pershing Square, Agence Ter is pleased to propose a team, largely established in Downtown LA and rich in experience in designing and constructing exceptional spaces that welcome the public…



James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher and Partners

James Corner Field Operations is known for Santa Monica’s much-beloved Tongva Park as well as Manhattan’s High Line, arguably the greatest and most popular public park of the millennium. For Pershing Square, James Corner is collaborating with LA-based architect Frederick Fisher & Partners. Additional team members include Buro Happold, Fehr & Peers, Horton Lees Brogden, HR&A Advisors, Gardiner and Theobald, Tomato, James Rojas, Dan Euser, Mark Pally, Bob Perry and John Greenlee…



SWA | Morphosis

SWA | Morphosis is a visionary team focused on the future of dense urban spaces around the US. Based out of downtown L.A., SWA is a leading landscape architecture firm with a portfolio of public realm projects that includes the highly recognized Guthrie Green in Tulsa. Gerdo Aquino of SWA is joined by LA-based architecture firm Morphosis, led by Thom Mayne, Pritzker Prize winning architect…



wHY + Civitas

Design firms wHY and Civitas joined together to address the challenges and opportunities of Pershing Square in Los Angeles. Specializing in urban design, architecture and landscape architecture, the two firms located in Los Angeles and Denver respectively demonstrate a level of familiarity with the whole of Los Angeles, an ability to address the critical needs of communities through the design of parks and engaging programs, and generate value for cities, people and society…