Peter Latz lives and works in Kranzberg near Munich, Germany. He graduated from the Technical University of Munich as a landscape architect and completed his studies in 1968 after postgraduate research and studio work in urban planning at the RWTH Aachen. In this year, he established the studio for landscape architecture and planning together with his wife Anneliese. They assigned the office to their son Tilman, architect and landscape architect, in March 2011.
Since the beginning of his office work and teaching, a main concern to Peter Latz has been ecological urban renewal, which concentrates since the mid eighties on post industrial sites. The first still controversial project of this genre, the Hafeninsel-Park Saarbrücken, was awarded the BDLA prize 1989. Peter Latz has gained worldwide reputation with the project Landscape Park Duisburg Nord, the metamorphosis of the former Thyssen ironworks into a peoples park and vivid part of the city, which was awarded the first European Prize for Landscape Architecture Rosa Barba, the Grande Médaille dUrbanisme, the EDRA Place Planning Award and the Green Good Design Award. Two current projects in Tel Aviv are representative for his methodical approach and his ability to develop new expressive forms of contemporary environmental design: The Ariel Sharon Park, becoming at the same time a gigantic flood retention basin and a landscape park of nationwide significance, and the Green Good Design Award – winning Hiriya Landfill Rehabilitation.
Peter Latz started his academic career as a lecturer at the Academie van Bouwkunst in Maastricht, Netherlands. He was appointed full professor at the University Kassel in 1973. 1983 until 2008 he held the chair of landscape architecture and planning at the Technical University Munich and left the place of his teaching and research activities as an Emeritus of Excellence. Peter Latz was an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania for many years and was a visiting professor at Harvard University.
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