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John E. Cutler

At a Glance

Class Year: 1967

Award Year: 2004

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

Profession: Landscape Architecture


John E. Cutler, 67 (BSLA) is a landscape architect with the SWA Group, a world design leader in landscape architecture, urban design and planning. Joining SWA in 1979, Cutler was elected a Principal in 1981. In 1993 John was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and was president of the Texas Chapter of ASLA in 1993. He has authored articles pertaining to environmental stewardship and street trees. His article about the importance of street trees was published in Urban Land magazine, April 2005. John was principal in charge and lead landscape architect designer for the redevelopment of Texas A&M Kyle Field plaza areas completed in August 2015. Other significant projects for which he was Principal in Charge include Federal Express World Headquarters, Memphis, Tennessee; Federal Express World Technology Center, Collierville, Tennessee; and National Civil Rights Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Memphis, Tennessee. Some of his Texas projects are University of Houston Cullen Entry, ASLA Honor Award; Wortham Theater Center, Houston; Minute Maid Park, Houston; Helen’s Park, Houston; Town Green Park, The Woodlands; Four Leaf Tower, Houston; Riverway Office Park, Houston; Federal Reserve Bank, Dallas; Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth. Georgia projects include R.B Russell Federal Courthouse, Campanile Office building and Central Park office park. His international experience includes projects in Turkey, the Philippines and Oman. Turkish projects include HMB Villas, Istanbul; Mersin Hilton, Mersin; and Seven Seas Resort, Side. He led the SWA design team for the design of the McAllen, Texas Convention Center project that received a Texas ASLA Merit Award in 2008. Since 2005, John has directed the on-going development of Glenwood Cemetery, a 19th century garden cemetery, founded in Houston in 1871 and has implemented site designs for several new sections in the cemetery. Cutler’s streetscape design for Bertner Avenue and Moursund Boulevard in the Texas Medical Center was adopted as the standard for future streetscape development in the Texas Medical Center. Additional TMC streetscape projects include Lamar Fleming, MD Anderson Boulevard, Bates and Richard J.V. Johnson Boulevard, East Cullen and John Freeman Boulevard. The National Center for Therapeutic Manufacturing is a recently completed project on the Texas A&M campus. John is a native Houstonian. He has been an active Board member of Trees for Houston, a non-profit street tree advocacy group, since 1984. John served as President from 2007-2009 and Chairman from 2009-2011. Currently he is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of Texas A&M Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. From 2017 to 2019 John is Commodore of the national Ensign Class Association, a one-design sailboat class organization.