JIM BURNETT, FASLA, founded the Office of James Burnett in 1989 and has dedicated his career to creating meaningful spaces that challenge the conventional boundaries of landscape architecture. To date, OJB has garnered over eighty state and national design awards. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to his practice, Jim often works closely with design teams of highly-regarded architects, planners, artists, and other professionals and a diverse range of clients. Throughout his career, there has been a particularly strong focus on designing landscapes that promote healthy living. Most recently, his efforts have focused on the transformation of American cities through the creation of active public spaces. Jim’s work in this area restores connections between disparate sections of cities, providing open space with a purpose through innovative programming initiatives.
The firm’s contribution to revitalizing communities has been recognized with the 2015 ULI Urban Open Space Award for Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City, OK, as well as the 2014 ULI Urban Open Space Award for Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. Jim worked with the Annenberg Foundation on the creation of the Sunnylands Center and Gardens in Rancho Mirage; a sustainable desert garden that won the ASLA Honor Award in 2012. Other firm awards include the American Society of Landscape Architect’s 2015 Firm Award as well as ASLA Honor Awards for the Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, TX and the Reid Residence in Houston, TX. Jim was recently honored as the recipient of the 2016 ASLA Design Medal.