CONNECT

the state of things

We have always been defined in equal parts by where we have been, where we are and where we are going.  For the past thirty-some years we were a renegade bunch of landscape architects and landscape designers excited about the work we were doing, always striving to do that work better and allowing ourselves and each other the freedom to think about design as an iterative evolution.  We have grown, not through the pursuit of benchmarks or metrics, but by some combination of intentional choices and unexpected opportunities to become the largest firm in the State of Wisconsin focused solely on landscape architecture.  While we carry much of that ethos and approach to design that we’ve always had, we find ourselves at a moment of significance for our organization.  

The launch of our new website is more than a simple re-organization of the projects we are humbled to have led, been a part of, contributed to and delivered.  It represents the ‘where we are’ and ‘where we’re going’ chapters of our collective story.  As a group of self-motivated and resilient individuals, we have carried the torch together through the past year, supporting one another, doing great work, and having fun doing it.  And on a parallel effort we have continued the hard work of transitioning the management and ownership of the of the company to include Abbie Moilien.  

We see all around us a renewed celebration and recognition of high-quality outdoor spaces and the role that they play in peoples’ lives and every-day wellbeing.  We have always and will always pride ourselves in the quality of our work, no matter how large or small the project.  We will continue to value the relationships we have forged with our clients and collaborators.  And we will continue to welcome new opportunities as we transition into our next chapter.   We hope to see many of you (in person) there with us.

- Abbie Moilien, Vice President & Ken Saiki, President

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Our projects are the most important thing we do.

The work we do and the spaces we create affects peoples’ lives and communities.  We have a responsibility to improve our world, to make it better.  If we can approach each unique project with forward-thinking design solutions, listen to a diversity of voices and hold sacred our obligation to future generations then we have delivered on our responsibilities as landscape architects.

We are going where our people take us.

Our firm has always been composed of self-motivated, supportive, and resilient individuals.  Collectively, this has allowed us to thrive in a world of chaos and respond to the forces of change on varying time scales from near-term deadlines to long-term goals.  The group of individuals that make up our organization at any given time are the present and the future of the organization.  They are, individually and collectively, a measure of our success in fostering a culture of curiosity, courage, compassion, strong work ethic and forward-thinking ideals.

Work must be fun.

This company was founded on the premise that work can and should be enjoyable. We seek to foster a positive work environment where we find personal reward in projects well-done, with a genuine commitment to arriving at our desks interested and engaged in the work that we are doing.  It allows us to see work as a complementary parallel to our personal lives and personal pursuits rather than a detriment to it.  The individual attitudes that stem from this state of mind foster a collective sense of intensity, excitement, and collaboration within our office.

COLLABORATION

work with us

We'd love to chat with you about how we can collaborate on your next project.

Please send inquiries to: 
connect@saiki.design

work for us

While we don’t currently have any advertised positions open, we’re always interested in hearing from talented individuals passionate about the practice of landscape architecture.  

Please send inquiries to:  connect@saiki.design

RECOGNITION

Saiki Design has received numerous awards on projects of all types and scales.  We gratefully acknowledge honors from our peers in the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Public Works Association, American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, the Society of College and University Planners and other organizations and municipalities. Our work has also been featured in trade publications and industry magazines.  While our focus remains on doing our best work regardless of the accolades, we are humbled by the recognition.


FEATURED

Bee Branch Creek Restoration Grand Prize and Grand Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Garden of Excellence from the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta Lakeshore Nature Preserve Master Plan Award of Honor from the Society for Campus and University Planning

2021

UW-Stevens Point Chemistry-Biology 2021 WI ASLA Professional Award - Merit Award

Middleton Community Veterans Tribute 2021 WI ASLA Professional Award - Merit Award

Bee Branch Creek Restoration is featured on the cover and in the Sustainability issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News

Bell Labs Headquarters Best New Development – Office from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

2020

The Village Streetscape Redevelopment Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Chapter ASLA

Hamel Music Center Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers

Hotel Indigo Best New Development – Hotel from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

UW-Whitewater Ma’iingan Hall Best New Development – Multiunit Residential from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

2019

MMSD Pump Station 15 Performance and Innovation PICES Award from the EPA

Bee Branch Creek Restoration Award of Honor from the Wisconsin Chapter ASLA

MMSD Pump Station 15 Best Outdoor Landscape Project from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

 Tennyson Senior Living Community Best New Development – Multiunit Residential from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

 Goodman Community Center – Brassworks  Best New Development – Mixed Use from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

2018

State Street – Library Mall Reconstruction Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Chapter ASLA

Bee Branch Creek Restoration Eddy Award from River Action

Bee Branch Creek Restoration James Lee Witt Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management from the Association of State Floodplain Managers

 Quarter Row Apartments  Best New Development – Residential Multi-Unit from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

 AC Hotel Best New Development – Hotel from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

2017

Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project of the Year Award from the Iowa Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association

The Village Streetscape Redevelopment is featured in the Streetscapes issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News

 Aprilaire Technology Center  Best Office Renovation from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

2016

State Street – Library Mall Reconstruction Project of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Chapter American Public Works Association

Seven27 Mayor’s Neighborhood Design Award

 UW-Milwaukee Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex  Project of the Year, Best Green-Built Project and Best New Development - Education from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

 UW-Health at the American Center Best New Development – Health Care from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

Ovation 309 Best New Development – Mixed Use from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

2015

UW Health at The American Center Award of Excellence from the Wisconsin Chapter ASLA

2014

UW Madison School of Human Ecology Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Chapter ASLA UW-Madison Wisconsin Energy Institute  Project of the Year and Best Green-Built Project from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

 Navitus Health Solutions  Best New Office Development and Medium Project from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

2013

Picnic Point Restoration Award of Honor from the Wisconsin Chapter ASLA

 State Capitol Park Tree Replacement Plan Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Chapter ASLA

 The Stream at Edgewood College  Project of the Year, Best Medium Project and Best Green-Built Project from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards 

2012

Green Technology Training Enterprise Center  Best Green-Built Project and Best Small Project from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

 Ken Saiki of Saiki Design Receives the Downtown Community Asset Award from Downtown Madison, Inc.

2011

Elizabeth Link Peace Park Award of Honor from the Wisconsin Chapter ASLA The Gardens of St. Mary’s Hospital Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Chapter ASLA The Gardens of St. Mary’s Hospital  Best New Development or Renovation –Health Care from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

 UW-Hillel / Barbara Hochberg Center  Project of the Decade, Best Medium Project and Best New Development from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards First Unitarian Society  Best Small Project from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

2010

UW-Hillel / Barbara Hochberg Center  Project of the Year, Best Green-Built Project and Best New Development-Other from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

 Grand Central Apartments  Best New Development-Residential from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

Rowland Reading Foundation  Best New Development or Renovation –Office from InBusiness Commercial Design Awards

 Dane County Airport Terminal Building Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers

OTHER AWARD-WINNING PROJECTS

The Rose Garden at Olbrich Botanical GardensTaliesin Restoration Master PlanLakeshore Nature Preserve Master Plan

Capitol Park Rehabilitation Master Plan

 Lake Mills Municipal Building

 Century Tel Regional Headquarters

 Physicians Insurance Corporation

 International Lane Planting and Dane County Regional Airport Entry

 The Perennial Garden at Olbrich Botanical Gardens

 The Sunken Garden at Olbrich Botanical Gardens