Class of 1930s - 1950s

In Memoriam: John David Anderson AB ’49, MArch ’52

John David Anderson AB '49, MArch '52

John D. “Andy” Anderson AB ’49, MArch ’52 passed away on Sunday, May 21, at the age of 90. After graduating from the GSD in 1952 he headed West, founding Anderson Architects in Denver, CO, which eventually became Anderson Mason Dale. Anderson was a strong proponent of energy conservation and sustainable design, and appeared as a lecturer and panelist on sustainable building design throughout the United States and abroad. He also served as an important mentor to many in the GSD community. His full obituary was published in the Denver Post.

Anderson’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 31, at a service in Denver.

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posted May, 2017

John Anderson

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander BLA ’47 Receives 2017 Landscape Architecture Foundation Medal

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander BLA '47

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander BLA ’47, OC, MBCSCLA, FCSCLA, FASLA is the 2017 recipient of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Medal. This award honors a landscape architect for “distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes,” according to the Foundation’s website. One of the first female graduates of the GSD, Oberlander collaborated with James Rose GSD ’36, ’38 and Dan Kiley GSD ’36, ’38 early in her career. She founded her own practice in 1953 after moving to Canada with her husband, urban planner H. Peter Oberlander MCP ’47, PHD ’57.

With a career spanning 70 years, Oberlander has received numerous honors for her work and contributions to the field of landscape architecture. A few include the ASLA Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Margolese National Design for Living Prize from the University of British Columbia, and the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award from the International Federation of Landscape Architects.

Read more about Oberlander, her work, and the LAF Medal.

Image courtesy of LAF.


posted May, 2017

Cornelia Oberlander

Peter Walker MLA ’57 Receives Inaugural Richard Brettell Award in the Arts

Peter Walker MLA '57

Peter Walker MLA ’57, FASLA – Senior Founding Partner of PWP Landscape Architecture – is the inaugural recipient of the 2017 Richard Brettell Award in the Arts at The University of Texas at Dallas. Honoring an artist “whose body of work demonstrates a lifetime of achievement in their field,” the bi-annual award includes a week’s residency at UT Dallas, as well as a monetary prize. With a career spanning over five-decades in the field, Walker is known for his transformative designs including the National September 11 Memorial. He also designed the ongoing campus enhancement plan at UT Dallas.

“I am extremely honored to receive the Brettell Award in the Arts,” said Walker. “I am grateful to the University, Professor Brettell and our great patron, Margaret McDermott. Working on the campus over the years has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my career.”

Read more here.

Photo courtsey of PWP Landscape Architecture.

posted April, 2017

Peter Walker

Maurice Finegold MArch ’58 Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Maurice Finegold MArch '58

Maurice Finegold MArch ’58 has been honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Classical High School. Read more.

Photo courtesy of Classical High School Alumni Association. 

posted March, 2017

Maurice Finegold

In Memoriam: William Breger MArch ’45

William Breger MArch '45

William Breger MArch ’45 passed away on February 23, 2015 at age 92. Read his obituary here.

posted December, 2016

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: William W. Landsberg MArch ’38

William W. Landsberg MArch ’38

In Memoriam 
William W. LandsbergMArch ’38

William W. Landsberg (February 9, 1915 – October 6, 2013) was an Brooklyn-born modernist architect who designed dozens of homes, synagogues, and commercial buildings in the New York metropolitan area in the 50s and 60s. Landsberg studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design under Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius. He worked for both after graduation. Read more.

posted December, 2016

In Memoriam