About SWA Group and SWA/Balsley

SWA is a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, with eight locations worldwide—Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Sausalito, Shanghai, and an affiliate office in New York.

We partner with clients to create vibrant places that are at once ecologically resilient, aesthetically compelling and socially beneficial. From the smallest details to the large-scale interventions of a multi-layered, eco-corridor, our designs reflects a sensibility both pragmatic and imaginative, uniting beauty with purpose in the natural and built environments. The firm currently has 30 principals in seven US studios and one international studio. Former clients include companies such as Apple, Disney, Ford, and Hyatt; municipal governments such as Seattle, Las Vegas, and Chicago; universities such as Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard; architects such as Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Bing Thom, KPF, Morphosis, and SOM; non-profits and cultural organizations such as Friends of the Katy Trail; MacArthur Foundation, and Buffalo Bayou Partnership; and forward thinking developers. Please see swagroup.com to see our range of design work.

SWA works to develop complete designers throughout their careers versed in concept design through construction, eventually specializing according to their interests and talents. SWA hires people trained in landscape architecture, architecture, planning, and urban design. SWA is an equal opportunity employer.

As a 60 year old employee-owned company, SWA has some of the best employee benefits in the industry. Profit sharing, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) contributions, and bonuses are additional compensation to competitive salaries. This adds to full medical coverage, dental insurance, emergency medical and travel assistance, pre-tax commuter checks, paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday), 401K matching contribution to your retirement plan, supplemental paid parental leave, reimbursement of testing for licensure, and H1B sponsorship in the U.S. where applicable.

  • Profit sharing

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) contributions

  • 401K matching contribution to your retirement plan

  • Supplemental paid parental leave

  • Reimbursement of testing for licensure

  • Full medical and dental insurance coverage

  • Current Employee

    Landscape Architect in Houston, TX

    “ Good place to learn. Very loose comfortable atmosphere. ”

  • Former Employee

    Landscape Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    “ The talent pool at the office is amazing. Every day you are exposed to the smartest and brightest talents in the industry. You get exposed to some very interesting projects. ”

  • Former Employee


    “ Good work, good people, great exposure to professional world, great compensation. ”




Dallas, TX

Houston, TX

Los Angeles, CA

New York, NY

Sausalito, CA

United States