Peter Walker was born in Pasadena, California in 1932, and received his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1955, and his masters in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1957. Following graduation, he worked for Lawrence Halprin and later for Hideo Sasaki, with whom he co-founded the firm Sasaki, Walker, and Associates in 1957. In 1983, Walker left Sasaki, Walker and Associates and partnered with landscape architect Martha Schwartz. He later went on to form Peter Walker and Partners (now Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture) in the early 1990s. The scope of Walker’s work includes corporate headquarters, plazas, cultural gardens, academic campuses, and urban-regeneration projects. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Institute for Urban Design and has received the Honor Award of the American Institute of Architects, Harvard’s Centennial 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.
The Peter Walker/Peter Walker and Partners Collection spans the years 1971-2010, and includes files created by landscape architect Peter Walker and his various firms. The collection consists exclusively of project records selected for transfer to the EDA, which document professional projects that Walker and his firm completed over the course of his career. Materials include both physical drawings and digital photographs of completed projects, which are denoted on the Project Index. Well-documented projects include work for the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California (1989-2001), the Center for Advanced Science and Technology in Nishi Harima, Japan (1989-1993), and the landscape for the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas (1999-2003). Please note that restricted projects on the Project Index may be used for viewing purposes in the EDA reading room only and not for reproduction.