Martin Poirier MLA '86
For 40 years, Marty Poirier has combined his insatiable curiosity with a love of community life to practice landscape architecture fused with urbanity, social purpose, and aesthetics. Marty’s designs strive to shape expressive places that people connect with. Poirier’s work has focused on places of dense human interaction – parks, college campuses, and city centers – where the rigorous analysis of the site and the program are masterfully transformed into remarkable landscapes.
After a 29 year hiatus, Poirier re-joined PWP in 2016. During the interim, he co-founded Spurlock Poirier in San Diego and led that firm’s design work for notable campus and urban landscapes in the region.
The recipient of numerous design awards, Poirier has lectured widely throughout North America. In 2010, he was appointed to the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council and is the co- founder of the Harvard DISrupt! Conference series.
Poirier finds great inspiration for his aesthetic pursuits through ongoing dialogue and collaborative projects with a diverse range of artists throughout his career, including Robert Irwin, Ned Kahn, Alexis Smith, Quincy Troupe, Newton and Helen Harrison, Mathieu Gregoire, and Tim Hawkinson. This passion for aesthetics contributed to Chef Thomas Keller’s selection of Poirier to update the garden at The French Laundry restaurant. Marty is currently leading PWP’s design of the National Medal of Honor Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.