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Landscape architect discusses his career highlights

FOUNTAIN PLACE, DALLAS, Texas. Photo / Alan Ward, 2013, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation

MIDDLEBURY — Landscape architect Peter Ker Walker will discuss the highlights of his landscape projects on Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m., in the conference room of the Middlebury Town Offices. The presentation is in conjunction with the Henry Sheldon Museum’s summer exhibit “The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley.”
Born in Scotland, Walker trained as an architect and landscape architect and is dedicated to creating aesthetically-pleasing and environmentally-sound solutions to landscape planning projects worldwide.
He worked for the Swedish architects Jaenecke & Samuelson 1958-1959, and received his diploma in Architecture from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland in 1960 before moving to the U.S.A. to study landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, earning his MLA in 1962. 
Later he moved to Charlotte, to join the Office of Dan Kiley. In 1963, Walker took a brief hiatus and worked in London for Sir William Holford & Partners before returning to Kiley’s office, where he became a partner in 1967.  He continued with Kiley as the firm became Kiley Tyndall Walker and later Kiley Walker.  In 1986 he embarked upon his own private practice in Burlington.
Walker has contributed to a wide variety of projects.  With Kiley, he represented the firm on the Kennedy Commission for Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., and at La Defense, Paris, France.  In London he was engaged on the masterplan for the National Planning Commission of Canberra, Australia.  On his own, Walker completed Kiley Walker projects, for which he had been responsible, including the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, Fountain Place, Dallas, Texas and the Dallas Museum of Art.  His work comprises commissions ranging from significant residences to large scale developments — multi-use projects, parks, campuses, office building plazas, interior gardens and various aquariums.  His work can be found throughout France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Jordan, the Netherlands, Canada and the U.S.A.
Come learn from a master on Saturday. Tickets are $5 for the general public; Sheldon Museum members and Vermont Association of Vermont Landscape Architects members admitted free. Space is limited, advance reservations are recommended by calling (802) 388-2117. For more information call or visit henrysheldonmuseum.org.

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