An American landscape architect, born in Kentucky and educated at the University of Illinois, the University of California at Berkeley and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He founded the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington in 1963 and also runs a private practice, winning Richard Haag is the only person to twice receive the American Society of Landscape Architects Presidents Awards for Design Excellence: Gas Works Park, Seattle, and The Sequence of Gardens at Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Washington. The Gas Works Park was one of the first projects to recognise that industrial projects can have the aesthetic value which has long been associated with other types of ruin (eg temples and palaces). The project began when Haag submitted the Gas Works as a design problem in a national competition for undergraduate students in landscape architecture.
Gardens designed by Haag, Richard