Remarkable Landscape Architects

Peter Latz
He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Technical University of Munich (1964), and subsequently did postgraduate studies in urban planning at the RWTH Aachen (1968). He has held teaching positions at the Academie for Bouwkunst in Maastricht; the University of Kassel; and has been professor and chair of landscape architecture and planning at the Technical University Munich-Weihenstephan from 1983 until 2008 and has been appointed Emeritus of Excellence (2008). He is principal, with his wife Anneliese and his son Tilman, of Latz + Partners in Kranzberg, Germany. His most notable project is the hugely successful Duisburg Park. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, and he continues to work on a wide range of projects, from urban and regional planning to large-scale landscape architecture to small open spaces. His research is in the field of alternative technologies connected with the long-term reclamation, development and maintenance of damaged landscapes. Latz was the recipient of the Grande Medaille d’Urbanisme from the Acad√©mie d’Architecture in Paris (2001), the first European Prize for Landscape Architecture (2002), the EDRA Places Award (2005) and the Green Good Design Award (2009).

Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park

Havenwelten - Alter/Neuer Hafen BremerhavenHavenwelten - Alter/Neuer Hafen Bremerhaven

Tel Aviv, Hiriya


Remarkable Landscape Architects

James Corner

James is a registered Landscape architect and urban designer, and founder and director of James corner field operations, where he oversees the production of all design projects in the office. He is also chair and professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, school of Design. He was educated at Manchester Metropolitan University, England(BA with first class honors)and the University of Pennsylvania(MLA/UD).

His work has been recognized with the New York City Arts Commission Award for Excellence in Design(2005); the American Academy or Arts and letters, Academy Award in Architecture(2004);the Daimler-Chrysler Award for Design Innovation(2000); and the Architectural League of New York Design Award(2000). He serves on the Board of the Forum for Urban Design.

His Work as a designer is complemented by a body of writing on landscape architectural design and urbanism. He is author with Alex MacLean of Taking Measures Across the American Landscape, which received the AlA International Book of the Year Award for 21997, and editor of Recovering Landscape: Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture, which focuses on the revitalization of landscape architecture as a creative cultural practice. Other writings include essays in Large Park, Julia Czemiak and George Hargraves, eds., Landscape Urbanism, Mohsen Mostafavi, ed,; Mappings, Denis Cosgrove ed,; and Ecological Design and planning, George Thompson and Frederick Steiner, eds. He has lectured and exhibited work internationally, including the Meuseum of Modern Art, San Francisco; the Art Center, Pasadena; the National Museum, Washington; Max Protetch Galley, New York; the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal; the Architectural Association, London; the Royal College of Art, London; the Royal Danish Academy of Art, Copenhagen; the Venice Biennale; and the Lisbon .

Fresh Kills lifescape, staten Island, New York

The High Line , New York

Shelby Farms Park Woodland Discovery Playgraound, Memphis Tennessee


Remarkable Landscape Architects

Martha Schwartz

Martha Schwartz is Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture. A landscape architect and artist for over 29 years, Schwartz teaches a core studio and design studios focusing on artistic expression in the landscape. Her option studios have included: Miasteczko Wilanow, Milan’s South Park, Cooper Union, Detmold, Gold Mining in Geraldton, Design in a Box, Art and Surface Mine Reclamation, Design in a Box, Quincy Landfill – Art, Park, Parking, The Redesign of Jacob Javitz Plaza, New York City.
Her firm, Martha Schwartz, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachussetts and Martha Schwartz Partners in London, UK, specializes in landscape design and site specific public art commission. Her recent projects include Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, Dublin Docklands Grand Canal Square in Ireland, Monte Laar Central Park in Vienna, Qatar Petroleum Headquarters in Doha, Qatar and Natick Mall in Boston, MA. Her work has been shown at the Chicago Institute of Contemporary Art, the Marlborough Gallery in New York City, New Gallery of Contemporary Art in Cleveland and Henry Gallery in Seattle.
Schwarz has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Rhode Island School of Design, Ohio State University and Melbourne University in Australia. She has been a visiting artist at Radcliffe College and a resident at the America Academy in Rome.
She is currently a member of the Major of London’s Design Advisory Group, advising the Major on public realm design issues in London. She was awarded an Honorary Fellow of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in 2004 and was recently received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Yongsan IBD, Seoul, Korea

Jacob Javits Plaza, New York, NY USA

Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland


Remarkable Landscape Architects

Diana Balmori

New York-based Diana Balmori is a noted landscape scholar and author and is the design principal of the landscape and urban design firm Balmori Associates in New York City. She teaches courses in Landscape at Yale University and currently holds a joint appointment with its Schools of Architecture as well as its School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Before founding Balmori and Associates in 1990 Ms. Balmori worked as a partner for landscape at Cesar Pelli and Associates.
Ms. Balmori has been recognized for her work with grants and awards from various institutions, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute of Architects. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and conferences and served as a juror in several design competitions. Ms. Balmori is also widely published. She is co-author of several books, including Saarinen House and Garden: A Total Work of Art; Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony; and Beatrix Ferrand's American Landscapes: Her Gardens and Campuses; as well as the author of numerous articles.
Ms. Balmori did her undergraduate work in architecture at the University of Tucuman in Argentina, received her Ph.D. in Urban History, with highest honors, from the University of California at Los Angeles, and studied landscape design at Radcliffe College.

Campa de los Ingleses, Bilbao, Spain 2008 (Render: Balmori Associates)

Silvercup Studios, Long Island City, NY 2008
(Photo: Mark Dye)

Bilbao Jardin, Bilbao, Spain 2009 (Photo: Iwan Bann)

MPPAT (Master Plan for Public Administrative Town) Sejong, Korea Competition won 2007 (Render: Balmori Associates)


Remarkable Landscape Architects

Adriaan Geuze

West 8, founded by Adriaan Geuze in 1987 and based in Rotterdam, is an international office for urban design and landscape architecture. The team includes 75 architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and industrial engineers working around the world on large-scale urban master planning and design projects, landscape interventions, waterfronts, parks, squares, and gardens. West 8 also develops concepts and visions for large-scale planning issues involving global warming, urbanization, and infrastructure.
Geuze won the prestigious Rome Prize in 1990 and founded the SLA (Surrealistic Landscape Architecture) Foundation in 1992. West 8 has won numerous awards, including the Dutch Maaskant Award, the Rosa Barba First European Landscape prize, and the Veronica Rudge Green Prize for Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2005 Geuze curated the 2nd International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam. The firm has won many international design competitions, including Governor’s Island in New York, Playa de Palma Mallorca in Spain, and Toronto’s new Central Waterfront.

Jubilee Gardens, London

Governors Island New York, New York

Simcoe Wavedeck, Toronto


Remarkable Landscape Architects

Laurie Olin

Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher and author and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. His involvement often marks the signature of OLIN’s distinguished portfolio of projects, which span the history of the studio from Bryant Park in New York City to the Brancusi Ensemble in Romania. Recent projects include Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Ore., and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Olin and his fellow partners at OLIN recently received the 2008 Landscape Design Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum for excellence and innovation in landscape design and dedication to sustainability.
Mr. Olin is currently a practice professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for 30 years. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

J.Paul Getty Center,CA

Memorial to the Murdered jews of Europe, Berlin

Washington Canal Park, Wasington, DC 2009-in progress


Remarkable Landscape Architects

Remarkable Landscape Architects

George Hargreaves is the Design Director of Hargreaves Associates, a professional consulting firm comprised of landscape architects and planners with offices in San Francisco, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts, New York City, and London. Under his design direction, Hargreaves Associates has received 34 national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), six from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), five from the Waterfront Center, and three from Progressive Architecture. His work, and the work of Hargreaves Associates, have been and continue to be published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Mr. Hargreaves was an artist in residence at the American Academy of Rome in 2009. He taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University for 20 years, tenured there for 12 years, and served as the chairman of the Department of Landscape Architecture from1996 to 2003. He is the co-editor and author of “Large Parks,” a book that explores large urban parks in depth as complex cultural spaces, where key issues of landscape discourse, ecological challenges, social history, urban relations, and place-making.

Los Angeles State Historic ParkLos Angeles, California

Louisville Waterfront ParkLouisville, Kentucky

London olympic park, London