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 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).

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)