Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects | Chicago, IL

The product of a successful merger between two independent firms with deep roots in Chicago’s urban fabric, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects is an award-winning leader in green design.

The work of Hoerr Schaudt deserves much credit for Chicago’s revitalized streetscape, from the beautification of Michigan Ave along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile to the renovation of Daley Plaza.

They have also been the designers of some particularly impressive rooftop gardens, such as the Nathan Phillips Square Roof Garden in Toronto (blog entry), Chicago’s Apple Store, and the Gary Comer Youth Center (blog trip entry).

I briefly sat down with Peter Lindsay Schaudt, one of the founding partners, to discuss the impact of landscape architecture in Chicago, the story behind the recent merger, and the workflow of the business. An Illinois native, Peter returned to Chicago to found his firm in 1991 after gaining considerable influence and experience from his years as an associate for Dan Urban Kiley and an MLA degree from Harvard University. 

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