Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Prof. Ian L. McHarg

Prof. Ian L. McHarg

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    20 November 1920

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2000 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    City Planning
  • Achievement:
    Establishment of an ecological city planning process and proposal of a land use evaluation system
  • Lecture:
    Design with Nature

Major Awards and Honors Received

1971 B. Y. Morrison Medal, North American Wildlife Management Association
1972 Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University
1975 Philadelphia Art Alliance Award
1986 Rene Dubos Award
1987 Alfred La Gasse Award
1990 National Medal of Art
1992 Richard Neutra Medal
1992 CELA Outstanding Educator Award
1992 Outstanding Achievement Award, Harvard University
1995 Thomas Jefferson Medal, University of Virginia
1998 Environmental Award, Sierra Club Film Festival

Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies

Fellow, Royal Society of Art
Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects
Honorary Fellow, Institute of Landscape Architects
Honorary Fellow, Royal Institute of British Architects
Member, National Academy of Science (NAS)
Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Academic Degrees

1949 Bachelor, Landscape Architecture, Harvard University
1950 Master, Landscape Architecture, Harvard University
1951 Master, City Planning, Harvard University
1970 Doctor of Humane Letters (hon.), Amherst College
1978 Doctor of Humane Letters (hon.), Bates College
1970 Doctor of Humanities (hon.), Lewis and Clark College
1998 D. L. (hon.), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
1998 Honorary Degree, College of the Atlantic

Professional Career

1950-54 Planner, Department of Health, Scotland
1954-86 Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
1986-Present Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
1968 Distinguished Science Lecturer, Brookhaven National Laboratory
1969 Horace Albright Memorial Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley
1986-87 Senior Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley
1971 Danz Lecturer, University of Washington, Seattle
1971 Brown and Haley Lecturer, University Puget Sound
1986 Foundation Professor, University of Auckland
1994 Visiting Professor, Pennsylvania State University
1994 Visiting Professor, Harvard University
1994 Bruce Goff Professor of Architecture, Oklahoma UniversityMajor Publications and Scientific Papers:


  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

Major Publications and Scientific Papers

  • Design With Nature, Natural History Press (second edition published by John Wiley & Sons, 1992; Japanese translation published by Shubunsha, 1994) 1969
  • A Quest for Life: An Autobiography, John Wiley & Sons (with Stewart L. Udall) 1996
  • To Heal the Earth: Selected Writings of Ian L. McHarg, Island Press (edited by Ian L. McHarg et al.) 1998
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