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  • Dorchester Wins AIA/HUD Secretary Award!

    14 July 2016. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative wins a prestiguous AIA/HUD Secretary Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing. Read more! 

  • Ernie Wong kicks of Friends of the Chicago River Summer Speaker Series

    2016 July 11. Ernie Wong is kicking off the Firelds of the Chicago River Summer Speaker Series at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum with a lunchtime talk entitled "The Chicago River's Economic Engine."

  • "Forever Open, Clear, and Free? An Opinion on Public Space in Downtown"

    20 April 2016. Ernie Wong joins Friends of Downtown and AIA Chicago for a lunch time talk on public space in downtown Chicago.

  • A New Vision for Seneca Park Revealed!

    6 April 2016. site design group, ltd. led the redesign of Streeterville's Seneca Park, which was unveiled at a public meeting led by city and park district officials.

  • site design group, ltd. attends Community Design Collaborative Play Space Design Competition Awards!

    16 March 2016. Principals Hana Ishikawa and Brad McCauley attended the Play Space Design Awards in Philadelphia, PA. Learn more!

  • Principal Ernie Wong leads UIUC Landscape Architecture 2016 Charrette!

    13 March 2016. Founder and Principal Ernie Wong is one of four distinguished practitioners leading student teams for the 2016 Charrette for the University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture!

  • Happy 2016 Year of the Monkey!

    Happy Chinese New Year to all of our friends, family, and colleagues! We are excited to begin 2016 in respect of the Fire Monkey sign, with ambition and adventure on the horizon. Stay tuned for exciting things to come this year!

  • Principal Hana Ishikawa presents at the Landscape Structures Annual Sales Meeting!

    12 January 2016. Hana Ishikawa presents the process of designing innovative, non-traditional playgrounds at the Landscape Structures Annual Sales Meeting.

  • TAKE IT OUTSIDE: a site design group, ltd. POPUP event!

    site design group, ltd. recently celebrating the firm's 25th anniversary with a Popup gallery to raise awareness of the profession of landscape architecture! Learn more!

  • Henry Palmisano Park is featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine!

    Henry C. Palmisano Park (formerly Stearns Quarry) was selected for Landscape Architecture Magazine's November 2015 edition: "All About Chicago." Learn more!

  • ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo 2015, Chicago

    site design group, ltd. was proud to host four field sessions and one education session at the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting & Expo in Chicago‬ (11/06/15-11/09/15)!

    FS-003: Between Loop and Lake: Great Downtown Chicago Landscapes, led by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and Terry Guen Design Associates

    FS-006: Chicago by Boat: Industry, Community, and Urban Transformation, led by site design group, ltd. and Sasaki Associates

    FS-007: Vibrant Open Spaces in Chicago’s Cultural Neighborhoods, led by site design group, ltd. and Accent Urban Design

    FS-013: Fire, Work with Me: Native Urban-Landscape Restoration and Prairie-Burn Demonstration, led by site design group, ltd. and Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.

    MON-A01 - Designing for Cultural Identity: Chicago Case Studies, featuring Ernie Wong of site design group, ltd., Juan Moreno of JGMA, and Lee Bey!

  • Managing Principal Brad McCauley was recently voted Trustee of the Illinois Chapter ASLA!

    Congratulations, Brad on your new role within the American Society of Landscape Architects!

  • In Memory of Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA, FAAR - a note from Ernest Wong

    "When I heard the news that Peter Lindsay Schaudt passed away on Sunday night, I was both shocked and saddened. Peter was a generous and kind friend, a fierce competitor and an advocate for our profession of landscape architecture. As the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin noted in his awarding the two of us “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2010 for architecture, we both are about the same age, both of us had trained in architecture, and both of us had the pursuit of creating wonderful public spaces.

    Throughout the years of practicing in a city that is just now discovering landscape architecture, I grew to admire Peter’s attention to detail, his ability to understand the context of each of his designs, but mostly his “controlled restraint” to alleviate over complicating design programs and bring simple beauty to his work. I’m certain that this was learned through his early years with Dan Kiley, whom every landscape architect of our “modern” era idolized.

    Peter was generous and thoughtful with his kindness. When we moved into our new space, Peter presented me with a drawing that he did as an architecture student at UIC. The exquisitely detailed and finely textured pen and ink drawing was of my father’s Atrium Homes in Hyde Park, a housing project that he greatly admired. I was so moved by this act of kindness that the drawing has remained in our conference room for every visitor to see.

    When the time came for my nomination for Fellowship with the ASLA, Peter championed the nomination from within the selection committee, serving the organization that advocates for our growing profession. His editorial on the merits of landscape architecture continues to add to our strength as a design profession. It is this selfless act of duty that inspires me to give back to our quiet community.

    The memory of those who influence and formulate our lives is deeply imbedded in how we continue to live our own lives. Peter Lindsay Schaudt was a proud and influential man. His strength as a practitioner, his goodness as a friend and colleague, and his drive to enhance our lives will be deeply missed."

    Ernest C. Wong, fASLA

    July 21, 2015

  • site design group, ltd. launches new interactive map!

    site design group, ltd. is happy to announce our brand new, interactive project map feature, accessible on our website!

    Explore our inprogress, under construction, and completed projects through a series of filters, including project type, year completed, status, and scale. Take a peek and let us know what you think!

  • Hana Ishikawa promoted to Design Principal!

    site design group, ltd. is extremely pleased to announce the promotion of Hana Ishikawa from Director of Design to Principal! Hana joins Ernest Wong, Robert Sit, and Bradley McCauley on the leadership team. Since joining site design group, ltd. in 2007, Hana has designed over 100 projects and has played a pivotal role in shaping the future of the firm.

  • Happy Chinese New Year 2015 - Year of the Sheep!

    Sheep are often regarded as an auspicious animal in Chinese culture, and as such, we wish all of you a successful and happy year! 2015 also marks an exciting milestone for site design group, ltd. our 25th anniversary!

  • Gung Hay Fat Choy - Happy Year of the Horse!

    In the spirit of the Year of the Horse – in Chinese culture, commonly a time for improvement of one’s ethos – we are proud to launch our new website!

  • Congratulations, Ernest Wong - 2013 ASLA Council of Fellows!

    Founder and Principal Ernest Wong was recently recognized at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo Council of Fellows Investiture Ceremony on November 17th in Boston. Congratulations, Ernie!

  • Principal Brad McCauley was recently voted President-Elect of the Illinois Chapter ASLA.

    Congratulations to Brad and the rest of the new ILASLA Executive Committee!

  • Blair Kamin discusses the new Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse in Chicago Tribune.

    “First of Emanuel’s promised 4 boathouses prove shipshape.”

  • site design group, ltd. is honored to be the most recognized firm for the 2012 Illinois Chapter ASLA Awards.

    Awards include: Presidents Award, Judge Fisher Senior Apartments; Presidents Award, 31st Street Harbor; Honor Award, Lightscape on State Street; and Merit Award, Near North Montessori School Children’s Garden.

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    Awards

    • 2016 - AIA/HUD Secretary Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing
      Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
    • 2016 - Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design
      NEIU El Centro Campus
    • 2016 - ILASLA Firm of the Year
      site design group, ltd.
    • 2016 - ILASLA Landmark Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park
    • 2016 - ILASLA Honor Award
      CDOT Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Policies and Guidelines
    • 2016 - ILASLA Merit Award
      Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
    • 2016 - AIA Library Building Award
      Chinatown Branch Library
    • 2015 - CNU Illinois Charter Award: Block, Street & Building Award
      Lakeview Lincoln Hub
    • 2015 ULI Vision Awards: Arts + Community
      Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
    • 2015 - Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Project of the Year for Adaptive Reuse
      Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
    • 2015 - Chicago Building Congress, Merit Award
      NEIU El Centro Campus
    • 2015 - Chicago Building Congress, Merit Award
      The University of Chicago 58th Street West
    • 2015 - AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award
      NEIU El Centro Campus
    • 2015 - The Architect's Newspaper Building of the Year: Midwest
      Chinatown Branch Library
    • 2015 - Illinois ASLA: Design, Merit Award
      Garfield Park Conservatory Play and Grow Garden V1.0
    • 2015 - Illinois ASLA: Design, Merit Award
      LaSalle II Magnet School
    • 2015 - Illinois ASLA: Design, Merit Award
      Park 574
    • 2015 - Illinois ASLA: Design, Merit Award
      The University of Chicago 58th Street West Streetscape
    • 2014 - Friends of the Chicago River Blue Ribbon Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
    • 2014 - Friends of the Chicago River Silver Ribbon Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse
    • 2014 - ENR Midwest Award of Merit
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse
    • 2014 - Chicago Building Congress Merit Award Finalist for Construction Under $15 Million
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse
    • 2014 - Bruce Abrams Good Neighbor Award - Commercial New Construction, Chicago Association of Realtors
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse
    • 2014 - AIA Chicago Small Projects Honor Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
    • 2014 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Merit Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
    • 2014 - ACEC Illinois, Engineerng Excellence Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
    • 2013 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Institutional President Award
      Judge Fisher Senior Apartments
    • 2013 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Recreational and Open Space President Award
      31st Street Harbor
    • 2013 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Urban Honor Award
      Lightscape on State Street
    • 2013 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Institutional Merit Award
      Near North Montessori School
    • 2012 - Illinois ASLA Design, Merit Award
      Langston Hughes Elementary School
    • 2012 - Illinois ASLA Planning & Analysis Honor Award
      Bubbly Creek Framework Plan
    • 2012 - Chicago Wilderness Conservation and Native Landscaping Award
      Henry Palmisano Park
    • 2012 - AIA Chicago, SustainABILITY Leadership Award, Citation of Merit
      31st Street Harbor
    • 2012 - Award for Engineering Excellence - Illinois Society of Professional Engineering - Chicago Chapter
      31st Street Harbor
    • 2012 - Engineering News Record Midwest Best Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development Project
      31st Street Harbor
    • 2012 - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Award of Merit for illumination
      Lightscape on State Street
    • 2012 - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Award of Merit for controls
      Lightscape on State Street
    • 2012 - Urban Land Institute Chicago, Vision Award, Program Category Finalist
      Lightscape on State Street
    • 2012 - International Superyacht Society Fabien Cousteau Blue Award for stewardship of marine ecosystems
      31st Street Harbor
    • 2012 - Learning by Design Citation of Excellence Award
      Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School
    • 2011 - Chicago Building Congress, Merit Award Finalist
      Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School
    • 2011 - Friends of Downtown, Best Open Space
      Mary Bartelme Park
    • 2011 - Mayor Daley’s Landscape Award
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2011 - Metropolitan Planning Council Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2010 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Urban Merit Award
      Tinley Park Downtown Master Plan
    • 2010 - Association of Licensed Architects Silver Medal
      Langston Hughes Elementary School
    • 2010 - Chicago Architecture Foundation-Patron of the Year Award Nomination
      Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School
    • 2010 - City of Chicago, Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence – New Infill Park
      Printers Row Park
    • 2010 - ENR Midwest Best of 2010 Merit Award
      Langston Hughes Elementary School
    • 2010 - Association of Licensed Architects Silver Design Award
      Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School
    • 2010 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Recreation & Open Space Honor Award
      Mary Bartelme Park
    • 2010 - Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association Award for Best Strategic Plan
      Tinley Park Downtown Master Plan
    • 2010 - Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Excellence in Landscape, Silver Award
      Henry C. Palmisano (Stearns Quarry) Park
    • 2010 - Illinois ASLA, Environmental Stewardship Honor Award
      Henry C. Palmisano (Stearns Quarry) Park
    • 2010 - Chicago Atheneaum American Architecture Awards
      Henry C. Palmisano (Stearns Quarry) Park
    • 2009 - Chicago Architecture Foundation-Patron of the Year Award Nomination
      Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School
    • 2009 - Driehaus Foundation Award for Community Design, 3rd Place
      Langston Hughes Elementary School
    • 2009 - Green Building of America Award
      Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School
    • 2008 - The American Architecture Award
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2008 - FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Award
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2008 - Mayor Daley’s Landscape Award
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2006 - Building Stone Institute, Tucker Design Awards
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2006 - Texas ASLA, Merit Award, Design
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2005 - Congress for the New Urbanism, Charter Award
      Waukegan Lakefront Downtown Urban Design Plan
    • 2005 - Driehaus Foundation Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building, 3rd Place
      Chinese American Service League Kam Liu Building
    • 2005 - Illinois ASLA, Design-Public Honor Award
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2005 - Illinois-Indiana Masonry Council, Excellence in Masonry, Silver
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2005 - Metropolitan Planning Council, Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning
      Waukegan Lakefront Downtown Urban Design Plan
    • 2005 - Midwest Construction, Site Landscaping, Award of Merit
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2004 - Best of Institutional Award, Midwest Construction Magazine
      Chinese American Service League Kam Liu Building
    • 2004 - Illinois ASLA, Merit Award
      Dan Ryan Expressway Landscape Guidelines
    • 2003 - Friends of Downtown Best Planning Project
      Grant Park Framework Plan
    • 2000 - Illinois ASLA, Honor Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park
    • 2000 - Driehaus Foundation, Chicago Neighborhood Development Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park
    • 2000 - Friends of Downtown, Best Open Space
      Ping Tom Memorial Park

      Publications

      • "Reviving Chinatown's Lost Public Green Space on Chicago's South Side" Landscape Architect and Specifier News. March 2016. View article. 

      • "Let's Make Our Parks More Inclusive" The Dirt. 16 February 2016. View article. 

      • "Complete Streets, Simplified" Landscape Architecture Magazine. February 2016. 

      • "Deep Cut: the history of Chicago is buried under one of its least-known and most astonishing parks" Landscape Architecture Magazine. November 2015.

      • "Chicago's Chinatown library breaks cookie-cutter mold" Chicago Tribute. 7 September 2015. View article.

      • "Garfield Park Natural Playscape V1.0, Chicago, Site Design Group, 2015" Playscapes. 27 July 2015. View article.

      • "Ernest Wong: Brightening the Windy City" China Daily. 17 July 2015. View article.

      • "Reading Comes to Life at LaSalle II Magnet School" Landscape Architect and Specifier News. June 2015. View article.

      • "New Playgrounds Designed to Meet Many Needs" Humana. 31 October 2014. View article.

      • "Deep Pockets: Reforming Chicago's Smallest Play Spaces" Landscape Architect and Specifier News. July 2014. View article.

      • "State Street Lightscape" World Landscape Architecture Magazine. 14 - Temporary and Transitory. July 2014.

      • "Chicago's Mary Bartelme Park" Landscape Architect and Specified News. March 2014. View article.

      • "Why Young Families Should Live in the West Loop" Chicago Magazine. 11 October 2013. View article.

      • “Illuminating the Windy City.” Landscape Architect and Specifier News. April 2013, 68-70. View Article

      • "Detailed investment in public works" Mandarin Quarterly. 30 April 2013. View article.

      • "Adams-Sangamon Park" CS Modern Luxury. January 2013, 32-33.

      • "The Cityscapes Forum: Chicagoans of the Year in design: Landscape architects Peter Schaudt and Ernest Wong brighten the cityscape and reflect their field's rising profile" Chicago Tribune. 22 December 2010. View article.

      • “Best of 2010 Architecture.” Chicago Tribune. 12 December 2010, 5. Landscape Urbanism: Strategies.

      • “The Cityscapes Forum:High Praise For The New Palmisano Park” Chicago Tribune. 30 November 2010. View article.

      • Swanson, Brad. “Mary Bartelme Park & Playground.” Landscape Architect and Specifier News, October 2010, 20-22.
      • "Cityscapes Forum: West Side story: A new park, with dynamic geometry and bold interactivity, creates an urban oasis amid wall-to-wall condos" Chicago Tribune. 27 August 2010. View article.

      • Dingman, Ian. “20 Great Towns and Neighborhoods.” Chicago Magazine, April 2010

      • "Historical Perspective Ernest Wong" Luxe Chicago Style Makers, Luxe Interiors + Design. 10 March 2010, 114-115.

      • Kent, Cheryl. Screen Play. Architecture Magazine, December 2004.

      • “Dan Ryan Expressway Landscape Guidelines”, Folio: National ASLA. Volume 3, 2004,18-19.
      • Ernest C. Wong, Guest Lecturer. “Grant Park Framework Plan”, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Illinois ASLA, 6/25/01

      • Gibson, Lydialyle. “Residents Mull Grant Park’s Potential.” Chicago Journal, 8 March 2001, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1.

      • “Public Spaces. Spaceshaper Interview: Chicago’s Ping Tom Memorial Park”. Insites brochure - Landscapeforms, vol 1, issue 2, 2003

      • “Ping Tom Memorial Park”. Building Stone Magazine, 2002

      • Hinshaw, Mark, & Wong, Ernest C. “A Cultural Revolution: In Chicago’s Chinatown, carving a public space out of an urban wasteland.” Landscape Architecture, July 2002, 30-36.

      • “Ping Tom Memorial Park. The City in a Garden: A Photographic History of Chicago’s Parks. By Julia S. Bachrach. Santa Fe, NM: Center for American Places, 2001, 127.
      • “Chinatown Cheers New Park On River.” Chicago Sun-Times, 6 September 1999, Section 2, 4.

      • Bey, Lee. “Gateway to a Greener Chinatown.” Chicago Sun-Times, 17 August 1998, 16.

      • Architecture Awards - BSI Study Tour. July/August/September 2002, 16-20.

      • “Ping Tom Memorial Park”, LandForum: Designed Landscape Forum III. Volume 13, 2002, 95.