Global Design Firm Sasaki Opens Office in Denver

Sasaki Directors Anna Cawrse, ASLA, PLA and Joshua Brooks, ASLA, PLA.

Global interdisciplinary design firm Sasaki today announced the opening of a dedicated office in Denver to better serve clients throughout the Western United States and Canada. Located at 3120 Blake St., the new office will be led by directors Anna Cawrse, ASLA, PLA and Joshua Brooks, ASLA, PLA.

“Sasaki has had the privilege of working on some of the most impactful projects in Colorado in recent years – from the Strategic Development Plan for the Denver International Airport to work with the River North Art District, the public realm design for the future Denargo Market riverfront district, and a master plan for CU Boulder,” Brooks said. “We’re optimistic this new regional foothold will accelerate Sasaki’s ability to collaborate with clients across the public and private sectors to create authentic, equitable and inspiring places throughout the West.”

Sasaki currently maintains offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Shanghai, China. The new office in Denver positions the firm to provide on-the-ground support for private developers, higher education institutions, and local governments and agencies across western North America.

Cawrse and Brooks plan to add team members locally and from Sasaki’s national and international offices in line with project work. In addition to fulfilling lead design and project management roles for existing and anticipated projects, Cawrse and Brooks will also oversee regional business development efforts.

Brooks is a landscape architect, urban designer and planner with a passion for projects that have lasting, positive impact. He holds a master’s degree in city design and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His multidisciplinary expertise includes district scale master planning, urban redevelopment, infrastructural and environmental urban systems, and the public realm, allowing him to bring human-centric urbanism to the mainstream. Previous work in Colorado includes Festival Park in Castle Rock, I-70 cap park and urban design framework, as well as the 1144 Fifteenth Street Plaza.

With expertise that spans urban corridors and districts, public plazas, and parks and open space, Cawrse is internationally recognized for her ability to transition master planning of the public realm into realized space. She also currently champions the firm’s research into the impact of climate change on parks in the Intermountain West, in collaboration with the National Recreation and Park Association. This research, entitled Climate.Park.Change, will result in a toolkit for park agencies to begin adapting and building parks for a changing environment.

“At Sasaki, we are constantly cultivating the tools, technical excellence, and in-house research to take our clients to new levels of insight and engagement,” said Cawrse. “These resources, combined with a truly integrated planning and design approach, allow us to reach more informed, more impactful solutions for our clients and our communities. We believe this will be a significant differentiator for us in the market.”

A graduate of Colorado State University and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Cawrse has committed her practice to bringing nature into cities based on context-sensitive solutions. Prior to joining Sasaki, Cawrse spent five years as a landscape architect practicing in Denver. Her experience in Denver includes projects in the River North Art District, Sun Valley Eco District, Federal Boulevard, and the Denver Game Plan.


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