The Cultural Landscape Foundation
November 13, 2009: Shaping America’s Heartland: Reflections on Landscape Architecture in the Midwest


Joe Karr, FASLA

Mr. Karr,  a recipient of numerous design awards, graduated in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois, then received an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania.  As an associate for six years in the Office of  Dan Kiley, he headed up such innovative projects as the Ford Foundation interior garden in New York and the Oakland Museum roof garden in California.  Later, as principal at Joe Karr & Associates in Chicago he presided over a wide range of projects throughout  the US, from small residential gardens to expansive corporate campuses for clients such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Lucent Technologies, Kraft Foods, IBM and Allstate Insurance.  Among his other large scale designs are the FBI Building in Washington, DC and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. His design approach integrates the entire design process  whereby architecture, planning and engineering are coordinated from the outset.  Throughout his career Karr has served on design juries and as a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities. He was also a member of the ASLA National Accreditation Board.






Detail from Dan Kiley’s design for Chicago’s Water Purification Plant.