SWA Group’s Chih-Wei G.V. Chang to Keynote Landscape Architects’ Role in Sustainability & Green Technology at IFLA Asia Pacific Congress Apr. 28 in Malaysia

Kuching, Malaysia/San Francisco, USA  (Apr 18, 2014) –  In a keynote talk to be delivered Apr. 28 in Kuching, Malaysia, Chih-Wei G.V. Chang of the international landscape architecture and urban design firm SWA Group ( will share best practices that confront the most complicated environmental crises around the globe, and how these challenges in return define the new paradigm of landscape architecture.


Entitled “Best Practices for a Greener Tomorrow,” Chang’s speech at the Asia Pacific Congress ( of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) will provide details of current projects underway in China and other countries in which government agencies and private companies use innovative ecological solutions for Low Impact Development amid neighboring rapid urbanization. Several of SWA’s pilot initiatives have received Chinese regional environmental restoration grants and were recognized through industry awards of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). For example, several projects use large-scale wetlands and natural systems to cleanse polluted river water.


Chang, an Associate at SWA Group, has lectured on sustainability at the University of California at Berkeley, the Academy of Arts University and Peking University.  He received a master of landscape architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At the IFLA Congress, he will also present a paper: “Blending Bio-remediation in the Growing Urban Fabric.”


SWA Group (, established in 1957, is an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach and Sausalito in California, Dallas and Houston in Texas, and Shanghai. Since its inception, SWA Group has worked in over 60 countries, and its projects have garnered more than 700 awards.