1. He is a pioneer and leading practitioner of Landscape Urbanism, an approach to urban design based on the fusion of ecology, community identity, infrastructure, recreation, and public art.
2. He was born in Santiago, Chile, and emigrated to the United States following high school and limited studies in communication arts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Source: Wikitravel (original photo by Victor San Martin)
3. His father was a pilot and airline executive (the first person to fly solo from North to South America), and his mother is an art historian and former director of Chile’s National Museum of Art.
Manuel Antonio Caro. La Zamacueca. Source: El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
4. He began studying classical guitar at age 11, a hobby that places music high on his list of extracurricular activities (his two young children sing with the Philadelphia Boys Choir).
5. He directs Wallace Roberts & Todd’s (WRT) landscape architecture studio in Philadelphia and many of the firm's large-scale landscape projects.
6. Among his noted achievements are the design of Santa Monica's Palisades Park and Beach Boardwalk (in collaboration with artist Jody Pinto), the master plan for Washington, DC's Anacostia Waterfront and the design guidelines for the Trinity River Corridor Project, the largest public works initiative in the history of Dallas, Texas.
7. He became a Fellow of ASLA in 2010.
Source: ASLA (Sam Brown Photography)
8. He wrote Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology (APA Planners Press)
9. He earned his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Miami and master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Source: University of Miami
Sources: WRT, ASLA, Amazon, Ignacio Bunster-Ossa