These Five Designers Are Landscape Living Legends

 
If we’ve learned anything from the past year—which featured a global pandemic, biblical fires and floods, and record-breaking international protests—it’s that sustainable public spaces are an invaluable and irreplaceable part of our lives. So it follows that those who create these outdoor areas also deserve heightened awareness and respect. In recent decades, landscape architects and designers have played an increasingly significant role in shaping our communities and developing urban spaces that are more hospitable to pedestrians, bicyclists, pet owners and people who want to gather or just need some fresh air. But these professionals generally remain less lauded than the high-profile architects who design our buildings. While perhaps they’ve yet to achieve starchitect status, we believe these five designers—all of whom think deeply about our relationship with the natural world—deserve a prominent place in any good design pantheon.