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Terragrams is a podcast series providing a wide portal into the world of landscape architecture by the professionals who shape it. Running from 2006 to 2012, the podcast dispatched over 30 interviews. It is now being re-edited and re-broadcast. Learn more about Terragrams.

Dispatch 20: René Bihan

First published 9th Aug, 2009

Republished 1st Dec, 2021

René Bihan is a registered landscape architect and the managing principal of the San Francisco office of the SWA Group. He grew up with a nursery in his backyard and has been at SWA for more than two decades.

He is also a commissioner for the San Francisco Arts Commission and has designed and managed projects such as Beijing Finance Street, the City College of San Francisco Master Plan, the Hong Kong Cultural Harbour, and the Salt Lake City Redevelopment of Blocks 75 and 76. Here, René discusses much of his current work as well as the 50th birthday of the SWA Group, his trajectory from the nursery to the studio, sustainable site planning, and what drives his design process.

Introducing René and SWA

Ch. 1


The Bayview Opera House project

Ch. 2


Contexts and Cultures

Ch. 4


Coming to Landscape Architecture

Ch. 5


Design Ideation

Ch. 8


Future Roles

Ch. 9