5 Great Landscape Architects You Should Know About

  • André Le Notre – Coming from a family of gardeners who were in charge of the French court, André Le Notre had been exposed to the art and architecture of gardening at a very young age. He went to Palais du Louvre’s academy of the arts and studied mathematics, painting and architecture. His undeniable talent and skill eventually became known to King Louis XIV, who commissioned André to design and restore the Gardens of Versailles, which has become one of his most famous works.
  • Roberto Burle Marx – Born is São Paulo, Brazil, Roberto Burle Marx is a world-renowned landscape architect who brought the concept of modernist landscape architecture to his country, particularly in urban spaces. His first landscape project in 1931 was for the private residence of his professor, Lucio Costa. Since then, Marx had honed his landscape artistry, which experts say exude a sense of timelessness and perfection. A man of many talents, Marx is also an accomplished artist, ecologist, naturalist, painter, and musician.
  • Vladimir Sitta – Vladimir Sitta is a landscape architect originally from the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia) and is now permanently based in Australia. In 1986, he founded his own landscape architecture firm, and then joined forces with Richard Weller in 1998 to establish Room 4.1.3, a firm dedicated to creating innovative and iconoclastic landscape designs. Testament to his ground-breaking ideas, Sitta won the President’s Award of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in 2002.
  • Thomas Dolliver Church –  Born and bred in the United States, Thomas Dolliver Church is a famous American landscape architect known for pioneering the application of modernism in landscape architecture, bringing about a design trend known as “California Style.” He earned his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkley in 1922, and pursued a master’s degree in City Planning and Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1926. His best-known work is the iconic Donnell Garden in Sonoma County, California, which features a kidney-shaped pool. The Donnell Garden is widely revered as a modernist icon and is considered as “one of the most significant gardens of the 20th century.”
  • Lancelot “Capability” Brown – Popularly known as “Capability,” Lancelot Brown is an English landscape architect who saw potential – specifically capability – in each of his clients’ properties. Brown is credited for designing more than 170 gardens situated in country houses and estates in Britain. His landscape portfolio includes enduring works at historic, upscale properties such as the Croome Court, Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace, Milton Abbey, and Harewood House.

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