Brandon Cappellari is an Associate Principal at SWA/Balsley and brings more than eleven years of experience shaping conceptual ideas into reality for both public and private clients. Since joining SWA/Balsley, Brandon has served as a key member of the leadership team – assisting with studio management, contributing to business development pursuits, and guiding technical landscape architecture work. His strong technical and intellectual leadership skills are exhibited daily in his role at SWA/Balsley and he has proven to be an effective communicator and liaison between design team members, sub-consultants, contractors, and clients. He currently leads a diverse set of active projects ranging in scale and complexity – from a first-of-its-kind 30 acre public realm project in Dubai to an eagerly anticipated downtown park in Kansas. Prior to joining SWA/Balsley, Brandon specialized in leading the construction observation phase for a number of complex urban pubic realm projects at both West 8 and AECOM – focusing on excellent design execution and dynamic on-site problem solving.
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.
In his 20 years of experience, Mr. Welsh has designed and directed a wide range of projects including higher education and corporate campuses, mass transit systems, urban plazas, schools, bicycle and pedestrian trails, open space, and parkland. As an integral member of the firm, he brings broad experience in working with communities, diverse client groups, and consultants in a collaborative context.