CW Studio is a design-led, award winning landscape architecture practice passionate about creating bold, beautiful and thoughtful landscapes and celebrating creative outdoor places.
The Manchester studio, founded in 2012 by director Carolyn Willitts, has a unique background, uniting commercial landscape architecture practice with Carolyn’s previous role as a theatre designer, creating a fresh approach to landscape design.
Our portfolio spans a wide range of projects including masterplanning mixed-use developments, campuses and riverside parks, to courtyards for listed buildings and high quality private gardens. CW Studio calls on an established network of experienced and talented chartered landscape architects to assist with the delivery of many of its projects.
We like stories, take joy in creative collaboration, and have a passion for designing bespoke and inventive spaces that connect people to places.
Director & Founder, Dip LA, CMLI
Carolyn is a landscape architect and garden designer with a passion for creating and collaborating. She worked for Cooper Partnership Landscape Architects in Bristol and Austin-Smith:Lord Architects in Manchester, before founding CW Studio in 2012.
Carolyn originally trained as a professional theatre designer and worked in theatre for eight years, an experience that brings a unique and creative approach to her designs.
Carolyn is involved in all of the Studio’s projects from the initial sketch ideas through to detailed design and implementation on a wide range of schemes including contemporary landscapes, public realm, private gardens and sensitive settings for listed buildings.
Carolyn writes for the Landscape Institute Journal and Pro Landscaper. She is a visiting tutor on Manchester Metropolitan University’s landscape architecture degree course and on the London College of Garden Design in Kew Gardens on the diploma course. She has also been part of judging panels for the Landscape Institute Awards, RIBA North West Awards, and the National Student Awards for the Association of Women in Property.