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Berkeley Architect Wins WTC Design Contest

Friday January 09, 2004

A world-renowned Berkeley landscape architect has paired with a relatively unknown City of New York employee to win the competition to design the memorial for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. 

According to the New York Daily News, Peter Walker met Thursday in Berkeley with his collaborator Peter Arad and Ground Zero master planner Daniel Liebeskind to discuss changes to the winning Walker/Arad submission. 

As the principal of Peter Walker and Partners, Landscape Architecture, Inc., 739 Allston Way in West Berkeley, Walker has achieved worldwide fame for his designs, including the development of Millennium Park for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Walker headed the Department of Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley from 1997 to 1999. 

His partner in the World Trade Center memorial is an assistant architect for New York City’s Housing Authority. 

According to published accounts, their design has triggered some controversy, resulting in Thursday’s meeting in Berkeley.