Willett is a Founding Partner of CMG Landscape Architecture and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His work reflects his range of interests with a consistent focus on landscapes of broad value and public appeal.
His project experience includes community-based design, sustainable urban systems, planning rooted in ecological understanding, and making historic resources relevant today. For Willett, good public spaces have clear purpose, whether symbolic or utilitarian, and contribute to community identity as memorable additions to the landscape. Willett leads CMG’s largest urban design and campus planning efforts at the firm, including San Francisco Civic Center Vision Plan and UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Plaza.
Willett is dedicated to serving the landscape profession through teaching the next generation of designers, lecturing on a variety of issues and topics, and providing mentorship of his team. In the past, he has enjoyed creating art and research focused on the intersection of public landscape, bodily experience, and collective memory. Willett holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts.
California Preservation Foundation, Board Member
American Academy in Rome Fellowship
Janet Darling Webel Prize
Harvard Community Service Fellowship
Cleveland Flats Connections Plan
The Flats Connections Plan is an open space and trail network that leverages the unique conditions of Flats neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, revitalizes its riverfront, and connects to surrounding communities and the region. The Plan interprets the rich cultural and industrial histories of the neighborhood’s diverse communities, catalyzes ecological stewardship, improves water quality, and transforms barriers for equitable access.
Previously a parking lot on a bluff, created by the dramatic collapse of the coastline, the forms of the new Pacific Overlook emerge from the ground like the remnants arrayed across the adjacent Sunken City ruins. The site transforms the southernmost tip of Los Angeles into a public open space and ocean overlook.
St. James Park
St. James Park transforms an existing city park into a world-class urban square that accommodates and supports a wide variety of interests and activities. This public open space unifies the future with the past and creates a destination at the center of a city – positioning itself for the future.
CMG collaborated with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands for a decade to transform the historic estate into a Camp David of the West. Many projects were undertaken, beginning with the adaptive reuse of employee housing as the Cottages Retreat, a campus for VIP convocation, and culminating with construction of the Administration Campus, a place for community interaction that manifests Sunnylands’ identity and legacy.