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Architects

Haag, Richard

ID: 1620
Full Name: Richard Haag
Occupation: Landscape Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1923-10-23
Family: Spouse: Richard Haag married Cheryl Jean Trivison (born c. 1945) on 09/12/1986.
Parents: His father was R.L. Haag, a nurseryman living in Jeffersontown, KY, in 1927. His father was Vice-President of the Kentucky Nurseryman's Association in that year.
Relocation: He lived in Jeffersontown, KY, for the first years of his life.
Biographical Information: Education: B.L.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1950; Master's of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.), Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1952;
Work History: Landscape Designer, Lawrence Halprin, Landscape Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1956; Haag worked for Halprin for about six months before opening his own practice. Principal, Richard Haag, Landscape Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1957-1958; Principal, Richard Haag, Landscape Architect, Seattle, WA;
Teaching: Assistant/Associate/Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, 1958- ; Haag founded the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1963; Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, Seattle, WA;
Miscellaneous: As a youth, Richard Haag was a prodigy who could name many varieties of trees and shrubs and perform plant grafts at 4 years of age; a nurseryman, William A. Natorp, said of little Richard at this time: "The boy has surprised nurseryman by his uncanny knowledge and skill--his conversation on technical tree matters is like that of a matured nurseryman." (See "Kentucky Boy, 4, Attains Fame as Tree-Grafter," newspaper article in unknown newspaper, collection of Richard Haag) Haag traveled to Sweden in the summer of 1963 to as a delegate to a conference in Stockholm; while in Sweden, Haag was deeply impressed with the Woodland Cemetery by Erik Gunnar Asplund (1885-1940).
Professional Awards: College: Haag was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Japan, for two years, during 1953 -1955; Haag learned of the Fulbright Program from Lester Albertson Collins (1914-1993), who served as Dean of the Landscape Architecture Department at Harvard University from 1950-1953. Just before World War II, Collins had traveled throughout the Far East with a friend, John Ormsbee Simonds (1913-2005), whom he had met while getting a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture at Harvard in the late 1930s. Presumably, Collins had felt enriched by his Far East travel, and thought that Haag would find it enlightening. Haag has said the experience in Japan "transformed his life," opening his mind toward another fundamental attitude toward nature; thereafter, he strived for his work to be "in balance with nature, a part of it, not in a superior position" to it. While in Japan, Haag toured various sites with Harvard Dean of Architecture, Walter Gropius (1883-1969). (See "Following Fulbright: a Conversation with Richard Haag and Samuel Shepherd," conversation sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and the College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle, 03/11/2013.)
Post College: Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA); Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects, 1981; won one American Society of Landscape Architects, Presidents Award for Design Excellence for Gas Works Park, Seattle, WA and one for The Sequence of Gardens at Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA, 1986; received Residency at the American Academy, Rome, Italy, 1998; awarded ASLA Medal, American Society of Landscape Architects, 2003;
Archives: Richard Haag's papers, were donated to the University of Washington Libraries, Department of Special Collections by Richard Haag, Richard Haag Associates and Cheryl Trivison between 1993-2005. (A "Preliminary Guide to the Richard Haag Associates Records 1956-2004," exists online at <http://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcoll/findaids/docs/papersrecords/RichardHaagAssociates4405.xml> Accessed 05/26/2011.) Slides photographed by Haag were donated to the Visual Resources Collection of the College of Built Environments.
Countries: United States
Structures: Battelle Memorial Institute, Master Plan, Seattle, WA - 1967 (6535)
Bernal Property Public Development, Pleasanton, CA - 2004 (4849)
Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA - 1954-1985 (3318)
Bloedel Reserve, Garden of Planes, Bainbridge Island, WA - 1964 (16240)
Central Washington College of Education, Library, Ellensburg, WA - 1960-1961 (16576)
Central Washington State College, Hitchcock Hall, Ellensburg, WA - 1965-1966 (11664)
Central Washington State College, Michaelson Hall, Ellensburg, WA - 1968-1969 (16577)
Central Washington State College, Randall Hall, Ellensburg, WA - 1968-1969 (16573)
Chow, Ruby, Park, Georgetown, Seattle, WA - (18132)
City of Seattle, Parks and Recreation Department, Gas Works Park, Wallingford, Seattle, WA - 1971-1988 (3311)
City of Seattle, Parks and Recreation Department, Viewpoint Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA - 1975 (5091)
Dux, Incorporated, Factory and Office Building, Burlingame, CA - 1959 (4177)
Frye Art Museum, First Hill, Seattle, WA - 1952 (6109)
Grace Lutheran Church, Bellevue, WA - 1963-1964 (564)
Harborview Medical Center, View Park and Parking Garage, Seattle, WA - 1974 (16456)
Johnson, Dr. Richard and Shirley, House, Bellevue, WA - (14488)
KIRO Radio and TV Station #2, Seattle, WA - 1965 (10849)
Seattle Gas Company, Oil-Gas Plant, Exhauster/Compressor Building, Brown's Point, Seattle, WA - 1937 (10126)
Seattle Gas Light Company, Gas Plant, Brown's Point, Seattle, WA - 1906-1907 (3312)
Seattle Public Library, Magnolia Branch #3, Seattle, WA - 1963-1964 (6408)
United States Government, Federal Office Building #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA - 1971-1974 (4657)
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Child Development and Mental Retardation Center, Seattle, WA - 1967-1969 (5148)
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Forest Sciences Building, Seattle, WA - 1971 (8744)
Western Washington State College, Ridgeway Dormitories, Bellingham, WA - 1964 (7405)
Publications: Gangnes, Arnold G., "From Indifference to Concern for the Retarded Child", AIA Journal, 56: 2, 22-26, 1971-08.
National Trust for Historic Preservation, "Our Hidden Inheritance", America's Forgotten Architecture, 20, 1976.
"A Tale of Three Cities", Atlantic Monthly, 65-66, 04/1976.
DOCOMOMO WeWA, Bellevue Modernism Tour Over the Bridge for Gracious Living, 6-7, 2003.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, Guide to Architecture in Washington State, 142, 1980.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, Guide to Architecture in Washington State, 121, 1980.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, "Harborview Medical Center View Park and Parking Garage, 1974", Guide to Architecture in Washington State, 149, 1980.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, Guide to Architecture in Washington State, 59, 119, 206-207, 1980.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, Guide to Architecture in Washington State, 222-223, 1980.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, "Michaelson Hall, 1969", Guide to Architecture in Washington State: An Environmental Perspective, 373, 1980.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, "Randall Hall, 1969", Guide to Architecture in Washington State: An Environmental Perspective, 372, 1980.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, "Meisner, Sparks, Hitchcock, Quigley, and Beck Halls, 1965-66", Guide to Architecture in Washington State: An Environmental Perspective, 373, 1980.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, "Library, 1960-1961", Guide to Architecture in Washington State: An Environmental Perspective, 373, 1980.
"Newslines: Seven Win HUD Design Awards; 350 Entries", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 46: 5, 13, 16, 11/1966.
Fabris, Luca Maria Francesco, "Gas Works Park, Seattle, WA", La Natura come amante: Nature as a Lover, 18-35, 2010.
Saunders, William S., Richard Haag : Bloedel Reserve and Gas Works Park, 1998.
Dorpat, Paul, "Stonehenge in Seattle", Seattle Times Pacific Northwest , 54, 11/26/2006.
Veith, Thomas, Shaping Seattle Architecture A Historical Guide to the Architects, 280, 1994.
"Canoeing Close to Home--around Seattle & Portland", Sunset Magazine, 04/1976.
Gunn, Clare S., Vacationscape Designing Tourist Regions, 142-143, 1988.