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Male, US, born 1932-07-21

Associated with the firms network

Halprin, Lawrence and Associates, Landscape Architects; Office of Peter Walker/Martha Schwartz, Landscape Architects; Sasaki, Walker Associates (SWA), Incorporated, Landscape Architects

Professional History


Draftsman/Designer, Lawrence Halprin and Associates, San Francisco, CA, 1954-1955.

Associate, Landscape Architects Associates, Urbana, IL, 1956.

Founding Partner, Sasaki, Walker and Associates, Boston, MA, and San Francisco, CA, 1959-1983; this firm later became known as the "SWA Group" and Walker became its Chairman of the Board and President from 1973-1983; SWA Group had offices in Sausalito, CA, Laguna Beach, CA, Houston, TX and Boston, MA, c. 1973.

Consulting Principal, SWA Group East, Boston, MA, 1976-1983;

Chairman of the Board and Partner, the Office of Peter Walker/Martha Schwartz, New York, NY and San Francisco. CA, 1983-1990.

Principal, Peter Walker and Partners (PWP), Berkeley, CA.


Instructor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, 1958-1959.

Visiting Critic, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1959.

Supervisor and Instructor, Summer School for Landscape Architecture Students, SWA Group, Sausalito, CA, 1973;. This summer school was where Walker met his future wife, Martha Schwartz.

Visiting Critic in Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, 1975-1976.

Adjunct Professor in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, 1976-; Walker served, while an Adjunct Professor, as Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard from 1978-1981.

Participant, The Michigan Workshop, University of Michigan (U of M), Ann Arbor, MI.

Lecturer, Dan Kiley Annual Lecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Spring 1989.

Visiting Lecturer, University of Virginia (UVa), Charlottesville, VA, 1989.

Visiting Lecturer, University of Colorado, Denver, Denver, CO, 1989.

Speaker, Kajima/Harvard GSD Joint Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 1989.

Professional Activities

Member, American Sociaty of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Member, Round Table and Panel Discussion on Environmental Planning, House and Home and Life Magazine, (both Time Magazine titles), New York, NY, 1961.

Speaker, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) meetings, 1965-1968.

Member, Panel Discussion on Attitudes on Quality, U.S. Savings and Loan League.

Speaker, Institute of Financial Education, University of Connecticut, School for Executive Development, Storrs, CT, 1969.

Member, SunsetMagazine/American Institute of Architects (AIA) Western Home Awards Jury, Menlo Park, CA, 1969.

Speaker, Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, CA, 1975- .

Member, University of Washington Architectural Review Commission, Seattle, WA, 1975- .

Member, American Society of Landscape Architects, ASLA Medal Jury, 1976.

Research Fellow, Urban Land Institute (ULI), Washington, DC, 1978.

Juror, American Academy, Rome, Italy, 1984.

Juror, Progressive Architecture Magazine Design Awards, Urban Design and Planning Category, New York, NY, 1984;

Speaker, International Federation of Landscape Architecture. 25th Annual Congress, Boston, MA, 07/1988.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA), 1975.


B.S., Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1955; graduate coursework, University of Illinois, Department of Landscape Architecture and City Planning, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1955-1956; Walker worked here with Professor Stanley White; Masters of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, 1957;


he taught at the GSD between 1958 and 1987

Associated Locations

  • Pasadena, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Pasadena, CA

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PCAD id: 1225

Aluminum Corporation of America, Incorporated, (Alcoa), Office Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1964San FranciscoCA
Antioch Park, Houston, TXHoustonTX
COPIA The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa, CA1999-2001NapaCA
City and County of San Francisco, Buchanan Street Mall, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
City of San Diego, Park and Recreation Department, Marina Linear Park, San Diego, CASan DiegoCA
Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA1975-1976ConcordCA
Del Mesa Carmel, Carmel, CACarmelWA
Ethan's Glen Multi-Family Housing Development, Houston, TX1975HoustonTX
Foothill Junior College, Campus Plan, Los Altos Hills, CA1960-1962Los AltosCA
Hercule Plays on a Classical Identity, Garden, Hercules, CAHerculesCA
Irvine Company, Baywood Multi-Family Housing Development, Newport Beach, CA1974Newport BeachCA
Irvine Company, Fashion Island Mall, Newport Beach, CANewport BeachCA
Irvine Company, Mariner Square Multi-Family Housing Development, Newport Beach, CA1970Newport BeachCA
Irvine Company, Promontory Point Multi-Family Housing Development, Newport Beach, CA1975Newport BeachCA
Meyer, John Henry, House #2, Menlo Park, CA1920Menlo ParkCA
San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Golden Gateway Redevelopment Project, San Francisco, CA1960-1966San FranciscoCA
San Francisco Redevelopment Authority Diamond Heights Housing Project #2San FranciscoCA
Security Pacific National Bank (SPNB), Headquarters Building #2, Los Angeles, CA1972-1974Los AngelesCA
Stanford University, Branner Hall, Stanford, CA1922-1923StanfordCA
Stanford University, Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER) Master Plan, 2001, Stanford, CA1995StanfordCA
Stanford University, Green, Cecil H., Graduate Research Library, Stanford, CA1919StanfordCA
University of California, Davis (UCD), Mondavi, Robert and Margrit, Center for the Arts Performance Hall, Davis, CA2001-2002DavisCA
Upjohn Corporation World Headquarters, Kalamazoo, MI1957-1961KalamazooMI
Weyerhaeuser Company, World Headquarters #2, Federal Way, WA1971Federal WayWA
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