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Church Lecturer: Peter Walker: “Before the Memorial”

September 16, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


We welcome acclaimed landscape architect Peter Walker as our Church Lecturer.


Educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 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.

Co-founder of the firm Sasaki, Walker and Associates (established in 1957), Walker opened its West Coast office, which became The SWA Group in 1976. As principal, consulting principal, and chairman of the board, he helped to shape The SWA Group as a multidisciplinary office with an international reputation for excellence in environmental design. In 1983, he formed Peter Walker and Partners, now known as PWP Landscape Architecture.

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.


Constructing landscapes that refine nature, engage culture, and sustain them both.

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.

Our design process combines knowledge of history and tradition with fluency in contemporary landscape debate. We bring our mastery of construction to bear on the latest technologies and innovations. We draw on our extensive experience with project delivery in some of the world’s most politically and physically complex environments to address the challenges of each project. Through constant interchange with clients and architects and the effective management of numerous and diverse consultants, PWP produces landscape architecture of the highest caliber.

Selected Works:

National September 11 Memorial



September 16, 2013
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm