LSU College of Art & Design Welcomes Landscape Architect Peter Walker for Lecture Oct. 3

09/20/2012 09:53 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Art & Design Distinguished Lecture Series will present landscape architect Peter Walker on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. in Room 103 of the Design Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.


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 the firm’s 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. These include 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 university’s landscape architecture department and the acting director of the university’s 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, or ASLA, 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 International Fellowship of Landscape Architects’ Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal. He is also co-designer of the National September 11th Memorial, along with Michael Arad.


For additional information on Walker, visit


This presentation of the LSU College of Art & Design Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by Paula G. Manship. Professional American Institute of Architects and ASLA continuing education credit are available for this lecture. Additional information is available at or the LSU College of Art & Design’s Facebook page, or by contacting Debra Langlois at or 225-578-5868.


Those unable to attend the lecture can view a recording online at

Aaron  Looney 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012