ATLAS Lab is a design and research lab founded by Kimberly Garza and Andrew tenBrink. The lab is centered on the pairing of art and ecology to create toolsets that empower the urban realm. The design interventions ATLAS produces primarily seeks to impact cities in two ways: through the injection of art and play in the everyday urban experience, and the integration of ecology in the urban environment. Whether a small-scale urban installation or large-scale master plan, design interventions are guided by a rigorous research process to develop strategies that are historically, culturally and socially responsive.
ATLAS has been published internationally and has received widespread recognition through winning design proposals including, the San Francisco Market Street Prototyping Festival, International Garden Festival in Quebec, Canada, Sacramento Capitol Mall international design competition, and honors for the Flat Lot competition in Flint, MI. ATLAS Lab does not operate as a professional practice, but rather as a nimble lab. This online portfolio serves as a platform to highlight the lab’s design research, instigate new collaborations and share the latest news.
Andrew ten Brink holds a Master of Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, with honor, from Purdue University. While at Harvard he received the ASLA award of excellence, the Charles Eliot traveling fellowship – the highest honor the faculty can bestow upon a graduating student, the Gerald McCue Medal, and was the University Olmsted scholar his graduating year. He also received the ASLA honor award and the Don Molnar award for his undergraduate work. Andrew’s work has been published in Landscape Architecture China (LAC), Environment & Landscape Architecture of Korea, Loft Life, Ecological Urbanism, GSD Platform 2, 3 and design blogs such as Mammoth and Disturbed Sites. He is the co-author of TransUrban: Sarriguren and Valdespartera, which critique the development of purported eco-cities in Spain. Recently, Andrew was the selected winner of the 2012 International Garden Festival in Grand-Metis, Quebec, and was awarded 1st place in the Catalyst: Sacramento Capital Mall Competition. Andrew has practiced professionally in New York, Massachusetts, Indiana and Texas. Currently, he is a landscape designer at James Corner Field Operations in New York.
Kimberly Garza is a design professional providing services in art, landscape architecture and planning. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in landscape architecture from University of California, Berkeley. She has designed and managed every kind of project throughout the country, including: private homes, streetscapes, master plans, plazas, schools, public parks and public art projects. Her skill in conducting advanced research and manipulating virtual models offers valuable insight, helping to identify and illustrate complexities and opportunities hidden within each project while providing innovative platforms for cultural, educational and social engagement. Her work has been published in: Bracket: Soft Systems, Ground Up Journal vol. 1 and vol. 2, Water Urbanism 2, A View on Harvard Vol. 3, and GSD Platform 2, and design blogs such as Mammoth, Landezine and World Landscape Architecture. NextCity.org named her 40 under 40 urban innovator for the 2015 Vanguard conference. Kimberly has practiced professionally in Massachusetts, California and Texas at both landscape architecture and architecture firms.