August 21, 2013 16 Sept. | Peter Walker: “Before the Memorial”


The event will take place on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. To receive continuing education credit, participants may attend the lecture or view below.

You can participate in the Q&A following the lecture by submitting questions through Twitter using the hashtag #ChurchLecture. A member of our audience will ask your question to the lecturer.


Peter Walker, an internationally acclaimed landscape architect, will be the Church Lecturer. Walker’s work ranges from the design of small gardens to the planning of cities, and includes emphasis on corporate headquarters, plazas, cultural gardens, academic campuses, and urban-regeneration projects. He is most well-regarded for his design of the National September 11 Memorial. A partner at PWP Landscape Architecture in Berkeley, CA, Walker will present the lecture, “Before the Memorial.”  The lecture will overview the timeline to the September 11 Memorial. With each big project, he will explain the lessons he learned and the new ways he viewed landscape architecture. Walker will end the lecture by explaining the process in which he and his team went through to see the vision of the memorial come to life. He explains the hardships of conflicting concepts, meetings with city officials, and the everyday media covering the entire project.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • See the process of growing through experience
  • Understand some of the key difference and similarities of landscape architecture and architecture
  • Explore projects from around the world, each with distinctive concepts
  • See the hardships and the accomplishments that come with participating in such an important memorial project

Lecture Video:

The event will be available on the night of the lecture at the below or at this link. A YouTube version of the lecture will be available for viewing within the week at the college’s page.

Lecturer Bio:

Landscape architect Peter Walker has designed hundreds of projects, taught, lectured, written, and served as an advisor to numerous public agencies. The scope of his concerns is expansive—from the design of small gardens to the planning of cities—with a particular emphasis on corporate headquarters, plazas, cultural gardens, academic campuses, and urban-regeneration projects.

Walker has served as consultant and advisor to numerous public agencies and institutions: the Sydney 2000 Olympic Coordination Authority; the Redevelopment Agency of San Francisco; the Port Authority of San Diego; Stanford University; the University of California; the University of Washington; and the American Academy in Rome. He played an essential role in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University as both the chairman of the Landscape Architecture Department and the acting director of the Urban Design Program. He was head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1997 to 1999. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Institute for Urban Design, Walker has been granted the Honor Award of the American Institute of Architects, Harvard’s Centennial Medal, the University of Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Medal, the ASLA Medal, and the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal. He is co-designer with Michael Arad of the National September 11th Memorial.

For nearly 30 years PWP Landscape Architecture, under the leadership of Peter Walker, has developed a tradition of design practice that responds to as well as influences its environment. The partners, associates, and staff bring a range of interests and expertise together around our shared ambition to create legible, beautiful, and enduring places.

Relevant Works:

ArchDaily: Works by Peter Walker and Partners

Suggested Reading:

Students are encouraged to read the “Lecture Series Readings” provided through the “Academics” server. All college faculty, students, and staff have access to this folder.


As provided by and credited to PWP Landscape Architecture:

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Panel Discussion:

A panel discussion facilitated by Avigail Sachs will occur 12:00 p.m., noon, on September 16, 2013. An archive of this footage is here: