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Filmtastic Fridays – Pioneers of American Landscape Design: Richard Haag

Filmtastic Fridays – Pioneers of American Landscape Design: Richard Haag

The Cultural Landscape Foundation just launched their newest Pioneers of American Landscape Design video oral history project featuring Richard Haag, one of the nation’s most important Postwar landscape architects. Now in its 11th installment, TCLF’s ongoing Pioneers series documents and preserves first-hand information from leading landscape architects such as Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Laurie Olin. The Pioneer’s latest oral history volume consists of approximately 25 bite-sized video clips that chronicle Haag’s life and career from his founding of University of Washington’s landscape architecture department in the late 1950s to the present day. The clips are organized under the themes of biography, design, and projects. 

(Related Article: TCLF Spotlights Life and Work of Landscape Architect Laurie Olin)

While most may recognize Richard Haag for his ground-breaking work on Seattle’s Gas Works Park and internationally renowned Bloedel Reserve, Haag is also a spirited environmentalist, civic activist, teacher, and captivating storyteller. In addition to his countless accolades, Haag was also awarded the ASLA Medal in 2003–the highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Landscape Architects in recognition of “a landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment.” 

Below are a few select clips from the Pioneers series. Head over to TCLF’s Pioneers of American Landscape Design website for the entire Haag series as well as oral history projects on other acclaimed landscape architects. 

Haag Design 06: What are the Landscape Universals? 


Richard Haag Oral History – Design Playlist

Haag Biography 06: Summers Working for Dan Kiley


Richard Haag Oral History – Biography Playlist

Haag Projects 05: Gas Works Park


Richard Haag Oral History – Projects Playlist

Lead image via TCLF 

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