A talk by Martha Schwartz, of Martha Schwartz Partners, in conversation with Charles Waldheim, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard GSD.
Martha Schwartz is Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the GSD. A landscape architect and artist for over 29 years, she teaches a core studio and design studios focusing on artistic expression in the landscape. Her option studios have included: Miasteczko Wilanow, Milan’s South Park, Cooper Union, Detmold, Gold Mining in Geraldton, Design in a Box, Art and Surface Mine Reclamation, Design in a Box, Quincy Landfill – Art, Park, Parking, The Redesign of Jacob Javitz Plaza, New York City.
Her firm, Martha Schwartz, Inc. in Cambridge, MA and Martha Schwartz Partners in London, specializes in landscape design and site specific public art commission. Her recent projects include Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, the Dublin Docklands Grand Canal Square, Monte Laar Central Park in Vienna, the Qatar Petroleum Headquarters in Doha, and the Natick Mall in Boston. Her work has been shown at the Chicago Institute of Contemporary Art, the Marlborough Gallery in New York City, the New Gallery of Contemporary Art in Cleveland and Henry Gallery in Seattle.
Schwarz has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Rhode Island School of Design, Ohio State University and Melbourne University. She has been a visiting artist at Radcliffe College and a resident at the America Academy in Rome.
She is currently a member of the Mayor of London’s Design Advisory Group, advising the Mayor on public realm design issues in the city. She was named an Honorary Fellow of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in 2004 and recently received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland.