Edwin John (Jack) Walker attended the University of Saskatchewan from 1950 to 1955 and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, specializing in Horticulture. Mr. Walker graduated in 1960 from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. Following employment with a landscape architect, a landscape contractor and a commercial nursery firm in the San Francisco area, he joined the Plant Research Institute in Ottawa in 1961 working on, among other things, developing master plans for various experimental farms across Canada. Education leave permitted him to attend the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, graduating with a Master of Landscape Architecture in 1965.
In 1966 Mr. Walker joined the Wascana Centre Authority in Regina, as Director of Maintenance and Development. Since 1975 Mr. Walker has been the Principal of Habitat Design Limited. Mr. Walker has served on the Design Advisory Committee of the Meewasin Valley Authority, and as a sessional lecturer in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Walker received the CSLA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
According to Rob Crosby, of Crosby, Hanna and Associates:
“Jack’s personality, strength of character, integrity and conviction to sound principles of landscape architecture and design excellence are evident to, and respected by, colleagues, allied professionals and clients. These traits are the keys to the success, influence and longevity of his practice.”