Peter Osler

Peter Osler is the inaugural Director of the Program of Landscape Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago’ s only accredited landscape architecture program. Prior to IIT, he was Associate Professor of Practice at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and an MLA and MARCH from the HGSD. He has worked at scales including furniture and fixture design, gallery installations, residential and institutional site design, campus planning, and urban design. He was Campus Landscape Architect and Planner for the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he directed the restoration and renovation of notable historic landscapes, such as Triton Pools, and where he was the site designer for new buildings by Todd Williams and Billie Tsien, Steven Holl, and Rafael Moneo. Institutional clients from his private practice have included the University of Michigan, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Wayne State University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, having been awarded the 2001 Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture. His Rome Prize proposal, Time’s Way, Time’s Wear, and the Poetics of Shears, emerged from an interest in how historic landscapes change relative to the evolution of tools and maintenance techniques, as well as from the frustrations of dealing with insensitive and omnipotent grounds superintendants.