A design firm that creates enduring places


Studio Zewde is a landscape architecture, urban design, and public art practice based in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas.


Studio Zewde is a landscape architecture, urban design, and public art practice based in Harlem, New York City. The studio’s work is lauded for its design methodology that syncs site interpretation and narrative with a dedication to the craft of construction. The firm’s employees have multi-disciplinary backgrounds in landscape architecture, architecture, city planning, urban design, sociology, statistics, community organizing, and public art. Studio Zewde is devoted to creating enduring places where people belong.

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Sara Zewde

Studio Zewde is led by founding principal, Sara Zewde. Sara holds a master’s of landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a master’s of city planning from MIT, and a BA in sociology and statistics from Boston University. In parallel with practice, Sara regularly writes, lectures, and exhibits work and is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Silberberg Memorial Award for Urban Design and the Hebbert Award for Contribution to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Sara was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and in 2018, was named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's inaugural "40 Under 40: People Saving Places" list. Her work has been exhibited at the 2016 and 2018 Venice Biennale, in the Brazilian and U.S national pavilions.

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Ashley Ludwig

As Managing Principal, Ashley brings ten years of professional experience in landscape, architecture, and urban design to Studio Zewde. Her design work focuses on linking people to place by revealing ecological and cultural narratives within the everyday built environment. With understanding and efficiency, Ashley has led large collaborative teams through complex design processes to transform neglected urban sites into active public spaces. This process was exemplified by previous work at Domino Park in New York City and India Basin Shoreline Park in San Francisco. She is a registered landscape architect and holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.


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