Ken Smith (architect)

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Ken Smith (born 1953) is an internationally acclaimed American landscape architect.


Smith was born in Waukee, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1976. After graduation, he apprenticed with sculptor Paul Shao, and worked for the Iowa Conservation Commission in Parks and Recreation Planning. He attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and received his master’s in landscape architecture in 1986.

After working in the office of Peter Walker and Martha Schwartz, he opened his own office in New York City in 1992. Smith is active as an educator, teaching as an adjunct professor at the City College of New York from 1992 to 1996, and as a visiting design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1997 to the present.

Smith is a board member of the Architectural League of New York and is active in advocating preservation of modern works of landscape architecture.

Smith was the recipient of the 2011 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by the Iowa State University College of Design.[1] He is well known for his work on the Roof Garden of New York's Museum of Modern Art, which consists of white gravel, recycled black rubber, crushed glass, sculptural stones and artificial boxwood plants in a camouflage pattern.

Smith was a member of the THINK Team in the World Trade Center competition in 2002. Smith was awarded a major commission for Orange County Great Park, a 1,300-acre (530 ha) urban park on the decommissioned El Toro Marine Base in Orange County, California.[2]

Ken is the responsible for the Landscape for World One project, Mumbai, India.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Internationally renowned landscape architect Ken Smith to receive Christian Petersen Design Award at ISU". Iowa State University. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  2. ^ City of Irvine Website. "Ken Smith, Landscape Architect of New York in partnership with Ten-Arquitectos of Mexico City, Mary Miss Studio of New York and Mia Lehrer and Associates of Los Angeles". Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  3. ^ Rangachari Shah, Gayatri (22 July 2010). "Can Mumbai Cope With a New Landmark?". New York Times. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  4. ^ Pavri, Sanaya (27 October 2013). "Rise of the titans". Gulf News. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013.

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