Diana Balmori


“All things in nature are constantly changing. Landscape artists need to design to allow for change.” 

Diana Balmori founded the firm with Cesar Pelli and Fred Clarke in 1977, leading urban design and landscape architecture projects, and collaborating on building designs. An early advocate for ecological approaches to landscape, including green industrial rooftops, Diana is the author of the seminal book Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony.

A bold voice in national policy related to landscape design, architecture, and urban planning, Diana served as a member of the United States Commission of Fine Arts and several other local and national planning organizations. She founded Balmori Associates in 1993, a landscape and urban design practice in New York City recognized internationally for designing sustainable infrastructures. Diana was a regular collaborator with the firm throughout her career.

Diana passed away on November 14, 2016.