Alex Wall

Design Critic in Landscape Architecture

MDes Domain Head: Ecologies

Alex Wall’s teaching and design research is focused on the concept and practice of regenerative design and development.  Before coming to the GSD, he was Professor of Practice at UVA where his research project “Resilient Settlement and Productive Aquatic Landscapes” focused on framing long-term development strategies for Virginia’s coastal communities. Between 1998 and 2013 he was Professor of International Urban Design at KIT, Germany, where he focused on design and planning at the intersection of urbanization and climate change. Between 1982-and 1989 he worked at OMA in London and Rotterdam, after which he was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the GSFA, University of Pennsylvania. He received his Diploma at the Architectural Association, London.

His books include: Ecologies of Prosperity for the living city (2019) with Margarita Jover, Victor Gruen – From urban shop to new city (2005), and Cities of Childhood – the Italian Colonie in the 1930s (1989) with Stefano de Martino.

Recent articles include: “Metropolitan Ecotone,” Topos 114 (2021) with Stefan Tischer, “Experience and Mise en Scene – Cities of Childhood,” Eselsohren (2020) with Stefano de Martino, “The Urban Surface: Shifting Fields for. Curated Events,” in B.C. Ivers (Ed.), The Culture of Curated Landscapes (2018), and “Sprawl is Dead, Long Live the Low-Density City,” in Berger and Kotkin (Eds.) Infinite Suburbia (2017).

In 2019-20, SMAQ, Kopperroth, Alex Wall, Stefan Tischer Landscape and Office MMK produced “A Metropolitan Ecotone – A project for a society in transition,” which won 2nd prize in the International planning competition for Berlin-Brandenburg 2070. Between 2009-2013 he was a partner at UMnet, who together with ‘asp’-Stuttgart, were prize winners in competitions for an energy efficient office building prototype (1st), an Olympic Complex and Sports College in Wuhan, China (2nd), and the urban center of the Tuzla Logistics City, Istanbul (1st).