Robert Philip Gordon, with the influence of Alfred Caldwell, has made parks and landscapes an integral part of his overall planning and architectural work.

In his Park work, he used the landscape to enliven the city by connecting the city to the parks and encourage walking.

For Grant Park, Gordon co-founded the Grant Park Conservatory, served on its board and created many renderings for projects that were eventually carried out. He first suggested connected pathways to the lakefront from Grant Park which were eventually included in the Frank Gehry plans for a pedestrian bridge at Millennium Park, and the Renzo Piano plans for the Art Institute bridge to the Lurie Garden.

During this period, Gordon attended many public meetings to encourage community residents to collaborate in park planning.