Lawrence Halprin, FASLA, one of the world’s leading landscape architects, passed away at the age of 93. His six-decade career encompassed such prominent works as the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Freeway Park in Seattle, Ghirardelli Square, Levi’s Plaza and the United Nation’s Plaza in San Francisco; among many others. In comments to The San Francisco Chronicle, Charles Birmbaum, FASLA, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, said: “He was the single most influential landscape architect of the postwar years. He redefined the profession’s role in cities.”
A Fellow of ASLA, Halprin also received the ASLA Medal in 1978 and the ASLA Design Medal in 2003. Among his many other accolades includes the 2002 National Medal of the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for an artist. At the 2007 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, the closing general session featured a Q&A session with Halprin and Charles Birnbaum. Listen to the 30-minute podcast.
Additional information about his work can be found at this biography at The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
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