Alan Altshuler, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), recently announced that Martha Schwartz has been promoted to professor in practice of landscape architecture, with tenure (effective July 1). Since 1987, Schwartz has held positions of design critic and adjunct professor in the GSD, where she has taught options studios, portions of the landscape architecture core, and seminars.
An award-winning landscape architect and artist, Schwartz has a major interest in urban projects and the exploration of new design expression in the landscape that can be raised to a level of fine art. As principal of Martha Schwartz Partners in Cambridge, Mass., and London, Schwartz has more than 25 years of experience as a landscape architect and artist on a wide range of projects with a variety of world-renowned architects. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including a fellowship from the Urban Design Institute, several design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, visiting residencies at Radcliffe College and the American Academy in Rome, and a recent Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.
She has lectured nationally and internationally about the landscape, and her work has been featured widely in publications as well as gallery exhibitions. Recent projects include the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz.; the private residence for Sheikh Saud Al-Thani in Doha, Qatar; working in conjunction with Arata Isozaki, Philip Johnson, Santiago Calatrava, and Jean Nouvel; a shopping mall interior and exterior in Frankfurt, Germany (with MAB GmbH); urban reclamation and development projects with Urban Splash Developers and English Partnerships; as well as other projects in Austria, Italy, China, and the United Kingdom.