Will is a landscape architect and the founding principal of GROUND CONTROL in Philadelphia. Over the course of his career, he has led the design and construction of award winning urban parks, corporate headquarters, academic landscapes, and mixed-use projects throughout the world. He has received recognition for his work by the Urban Land Institute, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Institute of Architects. His worked has been published in Landscape Architecture Magazine, Architectural Record, and a variety of online publications.
Will’s passion and consensus-building approach to design fosters collaboration, creating distinctive landscapes that are firmly grounded in a sense of place.
His inventiveness has yielded ecologically intelligent and socially purposeful places including the recently completed Cummins Green in Indianapolis, Pennovation Works in Philadelphia, the Master Plan for the Alexandria Waterfront in Virginia, and Mill River Park and Greenway in Stamford, CT which recently won a ‘Great American Places’ Award by the American Planning Association and a Design Honor Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2015.
Prior to forming GROUND CONTROL, Will was an Associate at OLIN, an internationally acclaimed landscape architecture studio. His recent work includes the design for The Hills at Vallco in collaboration with Rafael Viñoly Architects. The project re-envisions a 50-acre abandoned mall into a mixed use town center including a 30-acre rooftop park that will be the world’s largest green roof upon completion. His other recent work includes the National Desert Storm War Memorial in Washington DC, and the renovation of the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia in collaboration with HBRA Architects.
Will earned a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech. During his studies, he received several awards, including the ASLA Honor Award and the Stanley Abbott Award for his master plan for the Lower Hill District in Pittsburgh entitled 'Pittsburgh's Fourth River: A Confluence of Cultures'.
GROUND CONTROL is an innovative, award-winning landscape architecture and urban design practice, based in Philadelphia. Founded by Will Belcher, the mission of the practice is to invent innovative design solutions for landscapes of all scales and typologies.
We firmly believe in creating ecologically intelligent and socially purposeful spaces with an undeniable sense of place.
GROUND CONTROL seeks an integrated synthesis of landscape, infrastructure, ecology, architecture, transportation, economic development and city life. This is achieved through a creative, collaborative approach, working closely with architects, planners, engineers, ecologists and artists, as well as public agencies, project stakeholders and communities.
GROUND CONTROL’s creative expertise is reflected in a diverse range of high-profile, complex project types, from the design of entire sectors of cities to intimate garden spaces; the design of large, new public parks to housing and mixed-use private developments. On each project, GROUND CONTROL strives to respond to the unique circumstances of each project and craft landscapes of lasting distinction, developing spaces that exceed the goals, aspirations and the needs of clients.