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In Remembrance
Memorial to the Landscape Architects Lost to the Profession in 2016


Diana Balmori

Diana Balmori, PhD, FASLA, IFLA (1932--Nov. 14, 2016)
Diana Balmori, PhD, FASLA, IFLA, passed away at the age of 84 in Manhattan. She was suffering from lung cancer.

Diana was born in 1932 in Gijon, on the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain. Her parents fled Spain to England in 1936 with the family in tow to escape the political turmoil of the Spanish Civil War.

She began to study architecture at the University of Tucuman in Argentina, but did not complete her studies. It's reported her entire class was expelled for student protests. It's also reported she held a teaching position at the University of Tucuman. She immigrated to the United States in 1952 with her husband, architect César Pelli, whom she met at the university. Balmori moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and earned a PhD in urban history with highest honors from UCLA in 1973. In 1974, she began teaching at the State University of New York in Oswego, and earned a certificate in landscape design from Radcliffe College. In 1985 Balmori coauthor Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes with Diane Kostial McGuire and Eleanor McPeck.

Balmori was the Davenport chair of architectural design at the Yale School of Architecture. At Yale she also had appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and was a William Henry Bishop visiting professor of architectural design. In 1980 she joined her husband's firm in New Haven, César Pelli & Associates. Balmori founded Balmori Associates ( in 1990. In 2006 she created BAL/LABs, a studio within the firm to "further push the boundaries of architecture, art and engineering," which included green roofs, floating islands, temporary landscapes and the concept of "zero waste" cities.

She developed the master plan to transform the industrial port of Bilbao, Spain into a park that connected to the river (ria del Nirvion) and to the art museum (Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa) designed by Frank Gehry. In New Haven, Conn., she worked with community leaders on a plan to turn 14 miles of abandoned rail line into a linear park, which extending through Yale University's campus. She was also involved with the Gwynns Falls Trails in Baltimore, and a trail system in Cedar Lake Park, Minneapolis. She designed a rooftop garden for the Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, Queens, and created a roof garden for the Solaire condominium complex in Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan. Her international work included urban rooftop gardens for South Korea's new administrative capital, Sejong City. Balmori Associates is now led by partners Noemie Lafaurie-Debany and Javier Gonzalez-Campana, and supported by a multidisciplinary, multilingual team.

Balmori served as a member of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and as a senior fellow of Dumbarton Oaks, both in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the Allston Development Group at Harvard University, was on the board of The Van Alen Institute (NYC), and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. for the World Trade Center site. She also was a committee member for the comprehensive design plan for the White House, and for the National Rails-to-Trails organization.

Balmori was inducted as an ASLA Fellow in 2011, and was listed among 10 innovators by Architectural Digest in Sept. 2013. She is the author of A Landscape Manifesto (Yale University Press, 2010), and Drawing and Reinventing Landscape (A/D Wiley, 2014).



Samuel G. Crozier

Samuel G. Crozier, FASLA (May 25, 1938 - Oct. 4, 2016)
Samuel Crozier, the founder of Crozier Associates Land Planning Landscape Architects of Savage, Maryland, died of heart failure Oct. 4, 2016 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia, Maryland. He was 78. At the time of his death, Mr. Crozier was semiretired. The Baltimore Sun's extensive obituary relates that Samuel Crozier was born and raised in Lindenwold, N.J., and graduated in 1956 from Overbrook Regional High School. His father owned a landscape nursery business. Crozier earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State University (1961) and a MLA from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Crozier went to work for the Rouse Co. in 1970. His projects included land planning for the Hopewell neighborhood in Owen Brown Village in Columbia, Md., and doing the landscape and forecourt for Harper House in Cross Keys, a Frank Gehry designed home.

In 1974 he established Crozier and Associates. For a time he closed his business and worked for the landscape architecture, planning and site design firm of Daft McCune Walker in Towson, Md. He reestablished his firm in 1997 in Savage, Md., designing the landscape and water features for several regional malls. He did planning and landscape design for several prominent Howard County residential developers. Commercial work included Leonardtown Wharf, Wilde Lake Village Center, Howard County General Hospital and Charles Plaza.

Colleagues remember Sam as charming, funny and opinionated when it came to design.

He was a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (1994), and president of the Maryland ASLA Chapter. He received awards for his work from first ladies Pat Nixon and Rosalynn Carter.


David Paul Olsen (Oct. 14, 1955 - August 22, 2016)
David Paul Olsen's life ended unexpectedly at the age of 60. He passed away in St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Oregon on August 22.

David attended the University of Oregon in 1976 and played rugby for the Ducks. He married Ilene Manny on September 20, 1980, and completed his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture in 1981.

He was described as a gifted landscape architect, artisan and craftsman. His design sought to emulate nature's beauty through simplicity and clean lines. Most of his project work was in Oregon and Washington, but he also did work on the East Coast, including in Washington, D.C. He served on the Oregon State Board of Landscape Architecture and several local committees. He felt it was important to give back to his profession and the community.

David was remembered as a family man, devoted to his daughters and teaching them to be kind and make the world a nicer place. Dave is survived by his wife of nearly 36 years, Ilene, his daughters Jennifer, Elizabeth and Madeline, a son-in-law, four older siblings (John, Rich, Bill and Karen) and nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.




David Schreiber II (July 8, 1949 to Oct. 29, 2016)
David Richard Schreiber II, age 67, of Oregon, Wisconsin passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at UW Hospital in Oregon surrounded by his family. He died from injuries sustained in a horse riding accident, one of the many outdoor activities he enjoyed. Schreiber was born July 8, 1949, in Marshfield, Wisconsin, the son of David and Gloria Schreiber. David graduated from Don Bosco High School in 1967 and received his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from UW-Madison in 1971.

Schreiber was co-owner of SAA Design Group in Madison, Wisconsin. He retired in 2016. SAA is now part of Ayres Associates. He was among the state's first landscape architects. His projects work included the downtown redevelopment of Beloit, Wisconsin, the Monona Terrace for the Madisaon Convention Center, Phoenix Park in Eau Claire and work for Madison Area Technical College.

David was an outdoorsman, whether riding horses in the local mountains or hiking, fishing, canoeing and snowshoeing. He was a family man, and deemed an excellent cook and something of a connoisseur of desserts.

David is survived by his sons, Jacob, Aaron and Noah Schreiber and their grandchildren, Dylan, Hudson and Kane. He leaves behind four siblings: Paul, Julie, Chris, and John, and close friend Linda Ramczyk.



Takeo Uesugi

Takeo Uesugi (March 25, 1940 to Jan. 26, 2016)
Takeo Uesugi, a professor emeritus in the landscape architecture department of Cal Poly Pomona's College of Environmental Design, and noted Japanese garden designer, passed away Jan. 26 at his West Covina home after a long battle with cancer. He was 75.

Uesugi was born in Osaka, Japan, on March 25, 1940, the youngest of five children. His parents were Tenrikyo head ministers, a Shinto sect that originated from the teachings of a 19th-century Japanese woman named Nakayama Mike, who promoted the "joyous life," teachings, sentiments not embraced by the military leaders of Japan. With the war on, food became scarce in Japan. Takeo was described as a weak and sickly child raised by his siblings; his mother died when he was 11.

In 1962, Uesugi graduated from Osaka Prefecture University, then pursued graduate studies in the forestry department at Kyoto University to become a 14th-generation uekiya, or Japanese garden craftsman. Drawn to more modern and Western aesthetics, he left Japan in 1965 to enroll at U.C. Berkeley, studying under the dean of West Coast landscape architects, Garrett Eckbo. Uesugi completed graduate studies at Berkeley in 1967 and became an intern in the New York City offices of landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg, a designer of public parks and playgrounds.


Among Takeo Uesugi's most significant projects was the restoration of the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. The $6.8 million renovation debuted April 11, 2012 in time to celebrate the Huntingon Library's centennial (the garden opened to the public in 1928). The Japanese Garden, one of 15 gardens at the Huntington, has a series of koi ponds, a historic moon bridge (built by Japanese craftsman Toichiro Kawai), a Japanese house, a dry rock ''Zen'' garden and a bonsai garden.

Uesugi returned to Japan in late 1967 and managed the landscape design of the Japan Pavilion for the Japan World Exposition of 1970. He also began teaching at Kyoto University, where he met and married his wife, Hiroko, in 1969. He relocated to Southern California to teach in the landscape architecture department at Cal Poly Pomona. At this time he was also doing residential design work, public gardens and had corporate clients, mostly in California. Among Uesugi's most recognized works is the design for the James Irvine Japanese Garden in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, the Pine Wind Garden at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego's Balboa Park. Uesugi received the National Landscape Award in a 1981 White House ceremony in recognition of his design of the James Irvine Garden. First Lady Nancy Reagan was the presenter. The Japanese government awarded him its Order of the Sacred Treasure.

Uesugi's son, Keiji, continues in the family gardening tradition. He worked for his father's West Covina landscape architecture firm, TUA Inc. After Uesugi retired from full-time teaching in 2000, Keiji took over one of his classes. Uesugi also followed in the footsteps of his parents to became a minister of the Tenrikyo Church.

Uesugi is survived by his wife, their children (Keiji, Koji, Mari Helenihi), seven grandchildren and his two brothers, Michihiro and Munetoshi, both in Osaka.



Lynn Wolff

Lynn Wolff, FASLA (March 19, 1956 - March 20, 2016)
Lynn Wolff, FASLA, was president and principal of Copley Wolff Design Group (CWDG) in Boston. She was among the women highlighted in LASN's inaugural issue of "Women in Landscape Architecture," Oct. 2015. A MLA graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1981), Lynn had over 35 years of experience in planning and design. She was licensed in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Lynn Wolff's extensive project work included such high profile Boston area projects as the Central Artery Surface Restoration; planning and design of the Wharf District Parks, Rose Kennedy Greenway; the renovation of the Frog Pond in Boston Common; and the design of the award-winning therapy trail at the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston, Mass. Work outside of Boston included renovation of an indoor playground in Columbus, Indiana, originally designed in the early 1970s by Cesar Pelli, and the design of a new Science Park at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont.

The Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) reports Lynn in recent years was involved in the planning and design of a garden at Rosie's Place, a women's shelter in Boston; a healing garden at the Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vermont; and gardens at the Teaching Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. For the past eight years, BSLA says Lynn has regularly assembled flower arrangements at the Women's Lunch Place in Boston, a center that helps homeless and poor women. She was also a cofounder of Peter's FUNd Racer, a ski race that raises money for melanoma research.

Lynn was honored as an ASLA Fellow in 2006, and served as president and trustee of the BSLA. Her professional affiliations also included Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Civic Design Commission, the American Planning Association and the Commonwealth Institute. Lynn was a mentor to young designer talent, while exhibiting an entrepreneurial spirit and strong leadership that is reflected in the continuing success of the Copley Wolff Design Group.

The BSLA says Lynn will be remembered for her ideas and her inspiration, her positive attitude, good humor and generosity. To honor her memory and work, the BSLA has created the Lynn Wolff Fund, an annual grant that will go to an exceptional candidate or project "that builds common ground through a design improvement within the public realm." The founding of the fund was led by Deneen Crosby, principal and director of landscape architecture at rosby|Schlessinger|Smallridge, in conjunction with other members of the Boston Civic Design Commission who served with Wolff.

The inaugural grant was was awarded to the Women's Lunch Place (WLP). The grant will help build an outdoor garden that will be the entrance to the WLP, which will be tended by volunteers and guests of the program. WLP ( was begun in November 1982 by Eileen Reilly and Jane Alexander to give Boston area homeless women a safe haven during the day. Wolff worked closely with WLP for close to 10 years, volunteering at the shelter and raising awareness of homelessness and poverty in the area. She also regularly created flower arrangements for the shelter.

As seen in LASN magazine, December 2016.

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