2011 Recipient | Collaborative and Professional Achievement
Peter Lindsay Schaudt, Assoc. AIA | Notes of Interest
Peter Schaudt is an accomplished landscape architect who for over two decades has achieved numerous design awards and honors, exemplified by the coveted Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture and with Fellowship in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). His career, which began in architecture, is marked by an approach to collaboration that prioritizes integrating a project's architectural program with its specific landscape context. Schaudt understands his role as one who "contributes, collaborates, and elevates a project's possibilities," and he has done so throughout his career by collaborating with some of the country's best architects.
His understanding of architecture– both its possibilities and its limitations– was defined by important events in his career. Through his undergraduate degree in architecture from University of Illinois at Chicago, he developed a rare and valuable quality: the ability to achieve a symbiotic relationship with architects in the design process, integrating his ideas with theirs. His participation in the design competition for the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial turned his attention to landscape architecture, heightening his desire to tie design to site context and leading him to earn an MLA from Harvard University.
Later, Schaudt worked with Daniel Kiley and was strongly influenced by the legendary landscape architect's modernist philosophy. During his fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, Schaudt's exposure to an understanding of urban design that blurs the boundaries of landscape architecture and architecture was formative, and further contributed to his desire to integrate land with architecture.
This approach is especially influential in the historical/heritage sites that most attract Schaudt's attention. Examples of this are present in his award-winning design of the Illinois Institute of Technology Campus. Also notable is his collaboration with Wood Zapata and Lohan & Associates at Soldier Field, where he enhanced Chicago's noted lakefront green spaces.
Throughout his career, Schaudt has consistently brought issues of site and context into conversation with some of the most influential architects of our time. In addition to designing specific projects, he donates time generously to organizations that affect the perception of architecture and design nationally, including the General Services Agency (GSA), AIA Awards juries, and ASLA Award juries. Within this arena, he is a consistent voice calling attention to the importance of multiple perspectives within a single design solution.
Andrew Metter, FAIA, states in his nomination, "True collaboration is an Art, and as such requires a generosity of spirit, recognition of the value of other's ideas, and the ability to weave varied conceptual strands into a holistic integrated cloth. Peter has contributed to the art and craft of making architecture through his skillful integration of landscape design and the built environment. He creates work that enhances and humanizes the urban condition, and has been instrumental in forming the nucleus of design groups that provide a holistic approach to the creation of habitable spaces and landscape design."
- Photo Credit: © Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
Peter Lindsay Schaudt, Assoc. AIA
Absolutely breathtaking work-- Peter's work is truly a tour de force of our profession.
One of the most remarkable collaborative landscape architects, he complements architecture and works closely with the architects, instead of focusing solely on getting his work heard.
This dossier illustrates a tremendously beautiful body of work, highlighting the strength of vision possible when architecture and landscape are conceived and developed together.
2011 Institute Honors for Collaborative and Professional Achievement Award Jury
- Chris Morrison, AIA, (Chair)
- Cunningham | Quill Architects
- Washington, D.C.
- Edward Feiner, FAIA
- Perkins & Will
- Arlington, Va.
- David Frommer, AIA
- UNLV Planning and Construction
- Las Vegas
- Diane Georgopulos, FAIA
- Mass Housing Finance Agency
- Cambridge, Mass.
- Clyde Porter, FAIA
- Dallas County Community College District
- Mesquite, Tex.