Martha Schwartz FASLA, Hon FRIBA, Hon RDI
Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect and artist with major interests in cities, communities and the urban landscape. Her work spans from site-specific art installations to working with cities at strategic planning levels. Her focus is on environmental sustainability and the creation of awareness about how the urban landscape underwrites urban sustainability through functioning as the connective platform for a city’s environmental, social and economic health. Schwartz is an advocate for how cities can help to reduce climate change and support a more sustainable approach to diminishing resources. Schwartz continues her devotion to the built environment through pushing new boundaries and expressions as a designer. She strongly believes that sustainability is created through design and the creation of identity and a sense of place as our landscapes help to differentiate ourselves in an ever-growing uniformity of place as a result of globalization. As founder and senior partner of Martha Schwartz Partners, she has over 35 years of experience as a landscape architect, urbanist and artist on a wide variety of projects located around the world.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award; a Council of Fellows Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects; an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects; the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Award from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce for her outstanding contribution to UK design; the Women in Design Award for Excellence; from the Boston Society of Architects; a fellowship from the Urban Design Institute visiting residencies at Radcliffe College; the American Academy in Rome; an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Ulster in Belfast, Ireland; and most recently a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Boston Architectural College;
Martha Schwartz is a tenured Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, advancing design for Climate Change Mitigation, a founding member of the Working Group of Sustainable Cities at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and an active member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation Climate Change Task Force. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on sustainable cities and the public realm landscape, and her work has been featured widely in publications as well as museums, including the Chicago Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She is presently also Guest Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Design and the Chair of the jury for the Obel Award in Architecture.
Most recently, she is teaching and lecturing to create a fuller understanding of the climate crisis and how landscape architects and other practitioners of the built environment can better address the risks we are facing, and to create awareness of the many possible solutions being developed in science, including geoengineering, which we may be able to integrate into our practices to help cities adapt and mitigate the risks of our changing climate.