Shannon Nichol


Shannon Nichol is a founding principal of GGN. Her designs are widely recognized for being deeply embedded in their neighborhoods and natural contexts. Shannon’s work incorporates complex functions into simple frameworks and refined landforms. Shannon is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (Seattle). Shannon lectures internationally, frequently juries for design awards, and serves on advisory committees for universities and non-profits.

About GGN

GGN is a landscape architecture firm based in Seattle, Washington. Prominent projects include the National Museum of African American History and Culture, CityCenterDC, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, and Boston’s North End Parks. GGN was the recipient of the 2017 ASLA National Landscape Firm Award and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture in 2011. The firm’s project awards include ASLA National Awards of Excellence, ASLA and AIA Honor Awards for Design, Tucker Design Awards, and Great Places Awards from the Environmental Design Research Association. For more information about Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, please visit

The firm’s Founding Principals, Shannon Nichol, Jennifer Guthrie, and Kathryn Gustafson, led the design and construction of the Lurie Garden.