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 Académie 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).