Balmori Associates is an urban and landscape design firm in New York City founded by Diana Balmori in 1990. Balmori Associates is recognized for their interfacing between landscape and architecture. Through research, collaboration and innovation, Balmori Associates is looking to explore and expand the boundaries between nature and structure.
In 1998, Balmori Associates' Master Plan won the international competition for the waterfront development of the Abandoibarra district of Bilbao, Spain. Balmori Associates were the design team behind the greenroof at Silvercup Studios in Queens, New York, which is the largest scientifically monitored green roof in the United States. Another project in New York City is Winter Garden at the World Financial Center, first completed in 1998 then restored in 2002, while in South Korea they are currently in the first design phase of Sejong Administrative Town, a zero-waste urban plan.
The office has recently won first prizes in several design competitions, including the Museum of the Mammoth in Yakustk, Russia and the aforementioned Campa de los Ingleses in Spain. The office has also garnered numerous awards for its work including: the 2004 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects for the Solaire Greenroof, the 2004 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award, and the 2004 Environmental Design & Construction Magazine Excellence in Design Awards; the Staten Island 2012 Olympic Equestrian Facility received an AIA New York Design Award in 2005; the Bilbao Abandoibarra waterfront won the 2004 Fifth European Urban and Regional Planning Awards by the European Council of Town Planners as well as the Special Award "Citta d'Aqua" of the Biennale di Venezia for the Best Project.