Peter Schaudt's migration from the study of architecture to landscape architecture has resulted in the establishment of one of the country's most important landscape architecture firms. Initially studying architecture at the University of Illinois' Chicago campus, his merit award for his Vietnam Veterans Memorial entry as an undergraduate in 1981 was an indication of things to come. After joining landscape architect Dan Kiley's office, and receiving his MLA at Harvard, he was involved in a number of competitions, two of which were with the office of Michael Van Valkenburgh. In 1990 he was the American Academyi of Rome Prize winner in Landscape Architecture, then shortly afterwards established his own practice in Chicago. Subsequent competition winners—in collaboration with other firms—included the Erie Street Plaza Competition in Milwaukee and the team of PLANT Architects, Shore Irwin Tilbe and Adrian Blackwell for the international Nathan Phillips Square competition in Toronto. Later he joined the Perkins and Will team to win the Shanghai Nature Museum and Plaza competition.
In 2008 his firm merged with Douglas Hoerr, FASLA, to form Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects.
with Olha Romaniuk
Jacques Ferrier's career as a provincial architect to one of France's major players in the profession took a dramatic turn with his competition win for the Water Treatment Plant in Paris. After that, he has won numerous competitions, including a competition for the Airbus France buildings at Paris-Orly airport, the Cite de la Voile Eric Tabarly in Lorient, Piper Heidsieckand Charles Heidsieck Headquarters, and theFrench Pavilion First Prize for the Universal Exposition in Shanghai.
Partially as a result of his award-winning competition entry for the Water Treatment Plant, he has become a major player in energy and sustainability issues as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Building Energy, created in 2005 to promote European research projects in sustainable development.
He has also been active as a writer, including Useful Poetry of Useful Things and Concept Office.
Allison Williams FAIA, before founding her own consulting firm, was Vice President and Director of Design for AECOM's U.S. West region. She has risen through the ranks of large architecture firms: SOM, Ai (merged with Perkins + Will) to AECOM. Along the way, there have been several competitions, some of which have been built. One of the most notable was the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, the competition having occurred in 2003 and realized in 2009.
As is often the case with large firms, Allison was leading the design studios for major projects. Among those were San Jose Museum of Art Addition; Yerba Buena Tower, San Francisco; Tower City, Cleveland, Ohio (winning competition entry—unbuilt); Richmond (CA) Civic Center Master Plan; Echelon Corporate Headquarters Cmpus, San Jose; Toledo Federal Courthouse Finalist (GSA Design Excellence Program); Calexico US Port of Entry (CA), competition 2011 and GSA commission; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California.
Allison Williams received her B.Arch and M.Arch from the University of California, Berkeley.
Beth Blostein and Bart Overly both received their B.Arch at Ohio State University. Before founding the firm, Blostein Overly Architects, Beth received her M.Des at Harvard’s GSD, and Bart went on to receive his M.Arch at Princeton University. Both spent time in larger firms in Columbus, Ohio, before establishing their own firm: Beth at Design Group Columbus, and Bart at the Columbus office of NBBJ. as well as teaching at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University.
After establishing their own firm, they entered and won several competitions:
– SECCA “Home: House” competition
– New Housing New York Competition
– Ferrous Park Housing competition, Kansas City
– Boston Center for the Arts Urban Plaza
In the meantime, they have private residences under construction in the Columbus, Ohio suburbs and environs.