The Nest – Palo Alto

March 11, 2016

The Nest is a recently opened luxury hotel located in Palo Alto, CA, for which April Philips Design Works was the landscape architect. The intent of the landscape design for the hotel was to create an intimate “Haven” for guests. The general aesthetic intent was modern Mediterranean. Accent furniture is weathered wood and paving is light-colored stone…

Washington State University – Food Stories: Designer as Change Agent

February 3, 2016

April Philips will be sharing her knowledge of urban agriculture with the young minds of Washington State University this Tuesday, February 16th at the school of design + construction lecture series. Designing urban agriculture provides designers a key role in expanding the dialogue on the ways to invite food back into the city as an integral part…

Alameda Point Waterfront Park

January 25, 2016

April Philips Design Works was recently featured in a press release regarding their work in Alameda. The Alameda Sun published an article announcing the public workshops proposed for the waterfront park and Site A development. APDW is thrilled to be part of the team for the first development at Alameda Point – Site A, at…

Women in Landscape Architecture

December 14, 2015

April Philips Design Works was featured in the October issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News Click here for Article . Selected as one of the top twelve women in Landscape Architecture, April was interviewed to empower women in Landscape Architecture. April Philips is the owner of APDW which was founded in 1998. The firm…

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…


July 3, 2014

APDW is so excited to announce THREE Grand Prize Gold Nugget awards at this year’s PCBC! Our 38 Dolores Street project won two awards!  One for Residential Project of the Year  and one for Best Multifamily Housing Project – over 60 du/acre. In addition, APDW’s project Ninth Avenue received Grand Prize- Best Mixed Use Project and an Award…


April 10, 2014

April Philips was interviewed by ASLA’s THE FIELD: A Professional Landscape Architecture Network. In the interview April talks about challenges, lessons learned and offers advice towards working on urban agriculture topics. To read the full interview check out the link below.