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Martha Schwartz

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Martha Schwartz
Martha Schwartz

(1950-11-21) November 21, 1950 (age 73)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Harvard University
SpousePeter Walker (1979-2000)
PartnerMarkus Jatsch
ChildrenJacob Walker
Joseph Walker (b. 1987)
Hannah Jatsch
PracticeMartha Schwartz Partners

Martha Schwartz (born November 21, 1950) is an American landscape architect and educator. Schwartz is the founding principal of Martha Schwartz Partners, an architecture firm based in London, New York City, and Shanghai. She is also Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


A native of Philadelphia, Schwartz received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan in 1973. After two years of graduate studies at Michigan, she transferred to the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. During a summer internship at SWA Group, Schwartz advanced her interest in landscape architecture. Her career was launched in 1979 by her first project, The Bagel Garden, in Boston.[1]

In 1980, Schwartz began her own architecture firm, Martha Schwartz Partners, which would allow her to flip the traditional ideals in the field of landscape architecture, and further investigate the connections between the arts, culture, and landscape. Since 2007, she has been Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture and Faculty Associate of the Center for the Environment at Harvard University. She was also a resident of the American Academy in Rome in 1993.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1979, Schwartz married noted landscape architect Peter Walker, and divorced in 2000. They had two sons: Jacob, who is founder of Ballistic Architecture Machine, an architecture firm in Beijing; and Joseph, who is known for his performances with StarKid Productions.

Notable works[edit]

Schwartz designed the plaza in front of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.


  1. ^ "Bagel Garden, Boston, MA, USA - Martha Schwartz Partners".
  2. ^ "American Academy in Rome Announces Winners of the 2015–16 Rome Prize". 31 March 2015.

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