Famous Landscape Architects from the United States

List of notable or famous landscape architects from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top landscape architects born in the United States and even some popular landscape architects who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American landscape architects then this list is the perfect resource for you. These landscape architects are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known landscape architect from the United States is included when available.

These people, like Frederick Law Olmsted and George Kessler include images when available.

This historic landscape architects from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American landscape architects of note?" and "Who are the most famous landscape architects from the United States?" These prominent landscape architects of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American landscape architects.

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  • Andrew Jackson Downing
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    Andrew Jackson Downing was an American landscape designer, horticulturalist, and writer, a prominent advocate of the Gothic Revival in the United States, and editor of The Horticulturist magazine. Many scholars consider Downing to be "The Father of American Landscape Architecture," although some scholars have bestowed that title upon Frederick Law Olmsted.
    • Age: Dec. at 36 (1815-1852)
    • Birthplace: Newburgh, New York
  • Charles Alexander Jencks is an American architecture theorist and critic, landscape architect and designer. His books on the history and criticism of modernism and postmodernism are widely read in architectural circles. He studied under the influential architectural historians Sigfried Giedion and Reyner Banham. Jencks now lives in Scotland where he designs landscape sculpture.
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Frederick Law Olmsted
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    Frederick Law Olmsted (April 26, 1822 – August 28, 1903) was an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He is popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture, although many scholars have bestowed that title upon Andrew Jackson Downing. Olmsted was famous for co-designing many well-known urban parks with his senior partner Calvert Vaux, including Prospect Park and Central Park in New York City, as well as Elm Park, considered by many to be the first municipal park in America.
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1822-1903)
    • Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut
  • George Kessler
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    George Edward Kessler was a German American pioneer city planner and landscape architect. Over the course of his forty-one year career, George E. Kessler completed over 200 projects and prepared plans for 26 communities, 26 park and boulevard systems, 49 parks, 46 estates and residences, and 26 schools. His projects can be found in 23 states, 100 cities, in places as far flung as Shanghai, New York, and Mexico City. "Planning", wrote Kessler, "should be comprehensive. Even though a grand urban design could only be realized in bits and pieces, and over a long period of years, still we should always know where we are going. Each bit and piece should be understandable by reference to the great plan of which it is a part. Planning must also be relevant to the particular city: its geography, its economic character, all its local peculiarities. We must," he insisted, "deal with it in its application to the entire city. The object is to make cities decent places for masses of people to live in. Cities grow mostly by accident in response to trends in the real estate market. Very little thought is given to their qualitative characters.
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1862-1923)
    • Birthplace: Bad Frankenhausen, Germany
  • George Glenn Oder (born April 24, 1957) is an American politician. From 2002–2012 he served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 94th district in the city of Newport News. He is a member of the Republican Party.
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Virginia
  • Kathryn Gustafson (born 1951) is an American landscape architect. Her work includes the Gardens of the Imagination in Terrasson, France; a city square in Évry, France; and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, London. She has won awards and prizes including the Millennium Garden Design Competition. She is known for her ability to create sculptural forms, using earth, grass, stone and water.
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Yakima, Washington