Category Archives: Urban design

The Designer as Change Agent

January 19, 2018

Join April at the TOM TOM FOUNDERS SUMMIT April will be on a panel to discuss “Innovations in Urban Agriculture” and creating local food economies. Tom Tom Founder’s Festival is a summit uniting entrepreneurs, innovators, executives and investors shaping the future of industry in small cities. Click here for to learn more about the TOM TOM…

ASLA NCC Design Merit Award

December 10, 2015

  In addition to the American Society of Landscape Architects Northern California Chapter’s honor Award, April Philips Design Works was awarded the 2015 Design Merit Award for their work at VF Outdoor. The corporate campus design was a 15 acre project for industry leading brands such as; The North Face, JanSport and lucy. The facility…

ASLA NCC Honor Award

December 10, 2015

April Philips Design Works was recently awarded the American Society of Landscape Architects Northern California Chapter’s honor award in research, planning, analysis and communication for their book; “Designing Urban Agriculture – A Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes” 2015 honor award . The publication has helped shape the way…


April 3, 2014

  Our project at 38 Dolores (recently know as 2001 Market) is complete! The project site is becoming a busy hub on Market Street with residents and Whole Food’s customers enjoying all the amenities of the site. One unique aspect of the project is our dog bollards located on the busy intersection of Market and Dolores. The dog bollards add…


March 12, 2014

Our office recently took a visit to San Jose to check out our newest completed project, Santana Row ‘s Courtyard – a secret oasis from the hustle and bustle of the street and shops. The courtyard has become a tropical haven for the passerby’s heading home to the adjacent Misora Luxury Rentals or upstairs to the Santana Heights – Serrano Apartments. A…

On A Mission: Building a Community Garden for the Mission YMCA

September 4, 2013

 APDW is partnering with the Mission YMCA and to design and build a community garden for the Mission YMCA. We are excited to be a part of this edible garden that will serve all members of the community, providing access to nutritious, healthy food and an opportunity to engage with nature in the urban…

The book is making noise on Huffington Post, Land8 and more!

August 29, 2013

The plot to Designing Urban Agriculture thickens! July and August were very bountiful months. The book has been getting lots of press and last month we were mentioned in not one but  four places out there in the world. First, April was interviewed by the dirt diva herself, Annie Spiegelman and it landed in the…

Construction Almost Complete!

August 15, 2013

We are in the final stages of construction at Westgate Mall. Grand opening set for November 1, 2013! Take a look at our most recent photos during construction: