Kirk Hiatt

Associate & Director of Technology


As a Landscape Architect and Director of Technology for Starr Whitehouse, Kirk Hiatt focuses on the role of computation and media in the practice of Landscape Architecture. He is passionate about creating designs that are concise, intelligent, and poetic while honoring a given site’s ecological and cultural context—taking advantage of his background in digital technologies to produce high-quality visuals and rigorous computational models for simulation and construction. A landscape architect, Kirk is well-versed in every stage of design and implementation, and applies his diverse array of skills to projects including public parks, plazas, greenways, on-structure amenity spaces, courtyards, land restoration, and nature preserves.

Before joining Starr Whitehouse, Kirk was lead designer for GroundView, a landscape architecture practice in Somerville, MA, where he designed public parks, playgrounds, and institutional landscapes across the country. As part of his graduate thesis work on the intersections between ecology and child development, Kirk designed the transformational Learning Nature Playground at the Columbus School for Girls Program for Young Children, Bexley, OH, construction completed in 2013. Kirk received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.

Representative Projects:

Vine Street Waterfront Development, Philadelphia, PA
Harlem Greenway Link, New York, NY
Arverne East Nature Preserve, Queens, NY
Parkchester Gardens, Bronx, NY
Packer Collegiate Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY
Freshkills South Park, Staten Island, NY
NYPD 70th Police Precinct Study, Brooklyn, NY
NYPD 116th Precinct Station House, Queens, NY
Hallet’s Point Esplanade, Brooklyn, NY
Compass 3, Bronx, NY
Atlantic Chestnut Affordable Housing, Brooklyn, NY
St. Barnabas Hospital Annex, Bronx, NY
Crossroads Plaza, Bronx, NY
Columbus School for Girls PYC Playground, Columbus OH*
Oakledge Park Playground, Burlington, VT*
Symphony Park, Somerville, MA*
Heritage Park, El Dorado, AR*
Grain Mill Alley, Lexington, MA*
ArtFarm, Somerville, MA*
Hawken School Campus, Gates Mills, OH*
Healey Mystic Master Plan, Somerville, MA*
El Dorado Entertainment District Master Plan, El Dorado, AR*

* Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse