Christopher Counts

FOUNDER/ DESIGN DIRECTOR

Christopher is a designer whose work is concerned the design of outdoor urban places programmatic range and ecological health of our built environment. He is the founder and Director of Design at Counts Studio. Recognized as an emerging leader in the field, Counts has planned and designed parks, plazas, gardens, and campuses in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, The Republic of Georgia, and China. His professional design work has contributed to over 30 national and international design awards and been published in such leading publications as Landscape Architecture Magazine, Metropolis, and Atlas in World Landscape Architecture.

 

His recent work with Counts Studio includes the National Competition Finalist Design for the World War 1 National Memorial in Washington, DC, Moore Square in Raleigh, NC which won a National ASLA Honor Award, the competition awarded Beijing Expo Masters Garden, a 40-acre rooftop park for Qinshan New City located outside of Hong Kong, and the 337 Garden in New York City. Prior to founding Counts Studio, Christopher was a Senior Associate at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates where he collaborated with Michael Van Valkenburgh on the design of many of the firm’s signature, award-winning urban projects including the ASLA Green Roof, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House, and the 300-acre urban design for Lower Don Lands in Toronto Canada.

 

Counts is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a two-time Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum National Design Award nominee, and has been an invited critic at Harvard University, Yale University, Parsons, City College, NYU, The University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, and Hong Kong University. He has lectured at numerous leading universities and professional conferences such as ASLA National Conventions, the National Building Museum, and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. His academic appointments include Visiting Lecturer at the University of Virginia and Stuckeman Professor in Design at the Pennsylvania State University of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He received his BLA from the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design and his MLA from Harvard University.

Project Experience

Downtown Ft. Collins Streetscape Design Competition

Design Principal, Counts Studio

2016 Competition Finalist

 

World War 1 Memorial Competition Finalist, Washington, DC

Design Principal, Counts Studio

2015-2016 International Competition Finalist

Blind Competition with 359 International Entries

 

Moore Square Master Plan, Raleigh, North Carolina

Design Principal, Counts Studio

2014 Rosa Barba Biennial Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain

2014 Implementation Phase RFQ Winner

2013 ASLA National Honor Award in Analysis and Planning

2009 National Competition Winner

 

Happy Valley Garden, Whuhan, China

Design Principal, Counts Studio

2014 First Place International Competition Winner

Blind Competition with over 900 Entries from 30 different Countries

 

Beijing International Garden Expo, Beijing, China

Design Principal, Counts Studio

2013 International Competition Winner

 

Expo Georgia, Landscape Renovation Master Plan, Tbilisi, Georgia

Design Principal, Counts Studio

 

Qianshan New City 40-acre Rooftop Park, Zhuhai, China

Design Principal, Counts Studio

2010 International Competition Winner

 

337 Garden New York, New York

Design Principal, Counts Studio

 

Perry Harvey Park Renovation, Tampa, Florida

Design Principal, Counts Studio

Second Place Finalist

 

American Society of Landscape Architects Green Roof, Washington, D.C.

Project Designer, Senior Associate with  MVVA

2007 NYASLA Honor Award

2010 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence

 

Lower Don Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Project Designer, Senior Associate with  MVVA

Selected as one of 16 founding projects for the Climate Positive Development Program (former U.S. President Bill Clinton's Climate Initiative and the U.S. Green Building Council)

2011 Excellence in planning Award, Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)

2010 Institute of Transportation Engineers Transportation Achievement Award

2009 BEX International Award for Best Futuristic Design

2008 ASLA national Analysis and Planning Honor Award

2007 Toronto Urban Design Award

 

Pennsylvania Avenue at the white house, Washington, D.C.

Design Team  Member, Senior Associate with  MVVA

2002 National Competition Winner

 

Bailey Plaza, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Project Designer, Senior Associate with  MVVA

2008 Building Stone Institute Tucker Design Award

 

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York

Design Team  Member, Senior Associate with  MVVA

2009 Waterfront Center “Excellence on the Waterfront” Award for the 2005 Master Plan

2009 ASLA National Analysis and Planning Honor Award

2011 Municipal Art Society of New York Brendan Gill Prize

2014 American Planning Association's National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design

2014 Municipal Art Society of New York Masterwork Prize for the Best Urban Landscape

 

Teardrop Park, New York, New York

Design Team  Member, Senior Associate with  MVVA

2009 ASLA National Design Honor Award

 

Corktown Common, Toronto, Ontario Canada

Project Designer, Senior Associate with MVVAt

2015 ASLA National Design Honor Award

 

Novartis U.S. Headquarters Campus Master Plan and East Village Courtyard, East Hanover, New Jersey

Project Designer, Senior Associate with  MVVA

 

Hudson Park and Boulevard, New York, New York

Project Designer, Senior Associate with  MVVA

 

BJC Plaza with Mia Lin, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Project Designer, Senior Associate with  MVVA

 

London Olympics Kayak Course and Park, London, United Kingdom

Project Designer, Senior Associate with  MVVA