Richard Haag (October 23, 1923 - May 9, 2018) was an American landscape architect. He is famous for his work on Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington and on the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. He is also noted for founding the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Washington and for holding multiple design awards. His designs call to mind the current trend of being one with and improving the environment. Although Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth is after Richard Haag's heyday, the ideals evoked from the film are shown in his designs. The social movement that created the hybrid car also demanded sustainable design, and Richard Haag provided it in the most distinctive and astounding ways. Richard Haag's modernist and minimalist ideals set the tone for northwestern landscape design and has placed the northwest on the road towards ecologically-minded design.
Richard Haag was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended the University of Illinois, the University of California, received his bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) at the University of California, Berkeley, and his master's degree in Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Richard Haag's involvement in education did not stop upon the day he received his Landscape Architecture Degree. In 1958 Richard Haag joined the University of Washington faculty in Seattle, Washington in an attempt to start a Landscape Architecture Design program at the university. His efforts resulted in a Landscape Architecture Department by 1964.
At the same time that he was building up the program at the University of Washington, Richard Haag was acting as lead designer at his self-made design company Richard Haag Associates. Through his position at Richard Haag Associates he has generated over 500 designs and planning projects. His company, located in Seattle, closed on June 30, 2016.
Achievements, awards and honors
- 2 time recipient of the ASLA President's Award for Design Excellence (only person ever to receive twice)
- Publication: Richard Haag: Bloedel Reserve and Gas Works Park
- Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Japan for 2 years
- In spring of 1996 Harvard University Graduate School of Design honored Mr. Haag with a symposium and exhibition entitled 'Exploring the Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag'
- Resident at the American Academy in Rome
- Principal of Richard Haag and Associates
- Founded U.W. Landscape Architecture Department
- Speaker in the Spotlight on Design Lecture Series at the National Building Museum 2001