William B. Kuhl

Chairman of the Board
Saratoga Associates
American Society of Landscape Architects Rep.

Mr. Kuhl is the Chairman of the Board for Saratoga Associates, a multidisciplinary Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Engineering and Planning firm that he joined in 2006. The firm has established a reputation as one of the premier design firms in the Northeast, providing a wide range of consulting services for Higher Education campus planning and building design; urban design for communities and streetscapes; waterfront development; community planning; master planning and the design of parks and recreation facilities; and enjoys a national reputation for its visual impact assessment capabilities for the energy industry. Saratoga Associates has offices in Saratoga Springs, New York City, and Syracuse. Bill is the Managing Principal for the New York City office and is the overall firm Director of the Landscape and Urban Design Studio. His other corporate responsibilities include guiding the firm’s Business Development and Marketing efforts. Bill is a registered Landscape Architect in New York, North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Prior to his affiliation with Saratoga Associates, Bill provided design and consulting services for a broad array of projects throughout the United States and overseas. Projects His firm has acted as the Prime consultant or a sub-consultant on many types of projects including: parks, housing, community planning and urban design, streetscapes, military, correctional, and educational facilities, landscape designs for healthcare facilities, including special tactile gardens for the visually impaired or physically challenged, resorts and atriums.

Notable representative projects include: the Trump Tower Atrium, New York, NY; Hospital for Chest Diseases, Taif, Saudi Arabia; Red Roof Inn’s Corporate Headquarters, Hilliard, OH; Guantanamo Bay Housing and Recreational Facilities, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Fantasy Beach Resort, Hurghada, Egypt; Pohang University Campus Plan, Pohang South Korea; University Village, Cincinnati, OH; Washington DC Correctional Facility, Washington, DC;  Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Master Plan, Somerset, NJ;  Excelsior Luxury Condominiums, Siesta Key, FL; Natural Gas Pipeline Headquarters and Post Oak Corporate Center, Houston, TX; Fairmont Hotel and Resort, Sharm-el Sheik, Egypt; Rogers Williams Zoo Elephant Exhibit, Providence RI; Aquarius Estates, Quincy, MA; Savanna Battlefield Memorial Park, Savannah, GA; Tampa City Center Esplanade, Tampa, FL; The Treetops, Hilton Head, SC.; Pfizer Central Research Facility, Groton, CT; Colonial Plaza, Roanoke, VA; Natural Science and Environmental Park, West Hartford , CT; Franklin Avenue Beautification, Garden City, NY; Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton, NJ; and Cultural Art Centers in Riyadh and Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Prior to joining Saratoga Associates, Bill was a Principal and Vice President with EDAW, with whom he merged his firm in 2003 to establish the EDAW New York City office. Prior to his merger with EDAW, he maintained his own successful private practice as the Office of William B. Kuhl for 23 years, providing national and international consulting services.  Projects designed by Mr. Kuhl have received more than 80 National, State, and City design awards, including five special National Environmental Landscape Improvement Awards, presented by Roslyn Carter, Nancy Regan, and Hillary Clinton at White House Ceremonies.
Upon graduation from college, Bill first worked for the New York State Department of Transportation for a year, and then joined M. Paul Friedberg and Partners, where he became an Associate in charge of Production, and managed many of the firm’s larger projects. He left M. Paul Friedberg in 1972 to go into practice with Tom and Jim Balsley, to form Balsley, Balsley, Kuhl.  Jim left the firm in 1976, and Bill and Tom continued the firm until 1980 when they separated, and Bill formed his own firm.

Bill received an undergraduate Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree from both the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Syracuse University in 1967. He attended Graduate School at New York University between 1970 and 1972 and studied Urban Planning.  As an Adjunct Professor, he also taught Urban Planting Design during this same time frame, as part of Paul Friedberg’s new Urban Landscape Design Program at City College (1970-1972). Bill has maintained a very active role in his professional organization, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for more than 40 years, where he was elected a Fellow in 1996, in the Category of Executed Works.

Bill has served as NYC Chapter President (1975-1977), Chairman of the New Council of Landscape Architects (1976-1977), Chairman of the New York Chapter Awards Program (1993-1995), and National ASLA Trustee for New York Chapter (1995- 2002). He has also served on the National ASLA Nominating Committee (2001-2002), was the National ASLA Board Representative to the Landscape Architecture Foundation (1999-2002), was a Member of the National ASLA Government Task Force, and was one of four Landscape Architects asked by National ASLA to participate on the ER One Task Force whose goal was to develop a prototypical “secure design” for the Washington DC Medical Center in May 2002. He was Co-Chairman and a speaker at the National ASLA sponsored “Designing for a Secure Future” symposium held in New York City in September 2002, a Juror/Advisor for the ASLA Student Design Competition in 2003, a review Instructor for the New York State Licensing Exam from 1993-2003, and was asked to serve on the 2010 National CLARB Licensing Exam Review Taskforce. Bill was a member of New York/New Visions Design Guidelines Review Taskforce for Lower Manhattan from 2003-2005, and was the National ASLA representative on its Memorial Process Committee from 2002-2004. He was a member of the New York City Urban Design Task Force from 1990-1998, served on the New York City Parks Council, from1975-1985, where he was Treasurer from1977-1981, served on the Executive Committee, and was Chairman of the Design Committee for the Gateway Citizens Committee from 1970-1978, which led to the formation of the Gateway National Recreation Area. Bill was an ACE Mentor from 1999-2002, and has been the National ASLA representative on the National ACE Mentor Board since 2008. In 2013 he was recognized for his service to his profession, and was the recipient of Inaugural Service to the Profession Award. Bill is listed in Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in America.

Public Service

Bill is active in his community and has been on the Board of Mental Health Association of Nassau County since 1991, where he was president from 1995-1999. He served on the Garden City Architectural Design Review Board from 1989-1999, and was a Director on the Eastern Properties Owners Association Board. Bill also served on the Garden City Community Fund from 1987-1991 and was a member of the Garden City Kiwanis club from 1997-2005, where he was awarded Kiwanian of the Year in 2001-2002. Bill was also a member of Sustainable Long Island from 1999-2012, and served on their Advisory Board. In 1995 he provided design and planning services for the stage and the area around where His Holiness Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass in Central Park.

Publications and Presentations

  • Contributing author for section on “Metals” for the 2006 Edition of “Landscape Graphic Standards” Published by John Wiley & Sons
  • Co-Chairman and Speaker, “Designing for a Secure Future” Symposium, 2001
  • Speaker, American Institute of Certified Planners Seminar on Security, Washington DC, 2001
  • “Landscape  Design and Maintenance Manual” Co-authored with Spillis, Candela and Partners, for the Dade County, Florida Public Schools, 1983
  • Contributing author to “Plant Material Use Throughout Saudi Arabia” with John Boogaerts and Associates, 1978
  • Authored “Common Planting Failures in New York State” for the New York State Department of Transportation, 1968
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