The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Conference: Second Wave of Modernism in Landscape Architecture in America (November 13-15, 2008 in Chicago)


Steven Koch

Mr. Koch is the principal of Koch Landscape Architecture and co-founder of the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, a non-profit organization with the goal of ensuring conservation of Lawrence Halprin’s renowned “Open Space Sequence” of public parks in Portland Oregon.  Steven has a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. His career defining experiences include assisting Ian McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania; working for Toby Tourbier in the late 1980’s, a pioneer in Best Management Practices for stormwater detention; and working for Lawrence Halprin on the design and detailing of the FDR Memorial in Washington DC. He utilizes Halprin’s approach to interactive public awareness workshops believing user input is the beginning point for public space design process.  Current projects include the design of Mission Dolores Park Playground in San Francisco and The Fields Neighborhood Park in Portland.  Steven today also shares his experience and vision as a guest lecturer to university students and garden clubs and other organization in the US and abroad.


The Haas Estate, Woodside, CA, late 1980s. 

Halprins class