Biruk Belay

Landscape Designer

Biruk came to landscape architecture through a background in architecture and an interest in cultural and iconic placemaking. Having received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, he continues to explore his interest in creating a functional and expressive landscapes with Richard Burck Associates.

Biruk has traveled extensively, studying in several cities, both domestically and abroad. He has received a number of awards, including both a Merit Award and an Honor Award from the National American Society of Landscape Architecture Student Organization. He also received an Honor Award from the ASLA for his participation in designing and building a healing garden for those who endured Japanese American Internment Camps in Seattle, WA.

Outside the office, Biruk works on a collaborative research project with design students at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia: investigating and documenting resilient and transformative landscapes.

  • Biruk was born and raised in a small town in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • In 2012, Biruk participated in a design + build program to help envision a campus master plan and assist in constructing a therapeutic garden for a psychiatric hospital in the Island of Rab, Croatia
  • In his free time, Biruk enjoys playing soccer and watching Seattle Seahawks games