Sid Burke

Sid Burke


Associate Principal

“All my passwords are botanical names of plants. They remind me of the important work I do to affirm the presence of nature in urban environments, and foster awareness of the magical quality of plants and living things.”

When Sid was eight years old, he should have known he would be a landscape architect, because his favorite activity riding in the back seat of the car was to tell his older brother whether a yard was “tacky” or not.  After career forays into civil engineering and urban planning, he realized his true ambition at age thirty, and has been practicing landscape architecture for more than twenty-five years ever since. “I marvel at the new things I learn and realize every day,” he says. “Did I give someone a comfortable place to sit, will they be sheltered from the breeze, warmed by the sun, able to see their kids playing nearby?  If I can write a story or a poem for a place, I know I will have a successful design.”

Our Perkins Eastman

Collaboration is key to Sid’s role at Perkins Eastman/RGR Landscape.  Often, he brings the viewpoint of the visitor or employee headed for the entry to imagine what they will see along the way and how it will change through the day and through the seasons.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (212) 353-7406
  • Email:

  • Education

  • SUNY-ESF at Syracuse, Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Cornell University, B.A.
  • Associations

  • American Society of Landscape Architects