Lawrence Halprin, FASLA, Dies at 93

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.

Read the San Francisco Chronicle’s appreciation and view photos of Halprin’s work. Also, read an obituary in The New York Times.

Additional information about his work can be found at this biography at The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Image credit: Eric Luse / The San Francisco Chronicle

4 thoughts on “Lawrence Halprin, FASLA, Dies at 93

  1. Georgia 10/27/2009 / 12:17 pm

    One of my favorite Halprin landscapes is the Ira Keller Fountain in Portland, Oregon.

  2. Barry Landry, ASLA 10/28/2009 / 1:00 pm

    The Sea Ranch in California is the ultimate. May our honored mentor rest in peace, and thank you Mr. Halprin, for raising the public conciousness and awareness of what we as landscape architects profess to do.

  3. Roy B. Mann 10/28/2009 / 1:31 pm

    From Sea Ranch to the Tidal Basin, from sea to shining sea and beyond the oceans as well, through playable fountains and insight into the possibilities of texture, composition, and meaning of urban space and rural space, Lawrence Halprin taught all of us much, and left a legacy of teaching for all to come.

  4. Don Rose 10/29/2009 / 3:05 pm

    Lawrence Halprin will be missed by the industry. His works were everywhere and his imagination was well beyond what he was taught. He saw what many of us look for, he designed what many of us know is out there, he envisioned Landscape Architecture as is is, the emcompassment of all things. It is Landscape Architecture that makes life interesting, that make the buildings better and with foundation, that makes that walk special, that makes life an array of interesting design. He knew that, he researched the past and he created a new future. We need more Lawrence Halprins. He will be missed.

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