Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Landscape Architect Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, FASLA


1. He is a pioneer and leading practitioner of Landscape Urbanism, an approach to urban design based on the fusion of ecology, community identity, infrastructure, recreation, and public art.

Ignacio Bunster-Ossa
  Source: ASLA

2. He was born in Santiago, Chile, and emigrated to the United States following high school and limited studies in communication arts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

  Santiago, Chile 
Source: Wikitravel (original photo by Victor San Martin)

3. His father was a pilot and airline executive (the first person to fly solo from North to South America), and his mother is an art historian and former director of Chile’s National Museum of Art.

Manuel Antonio Caro. La Zamacueca

 Manuel Antonio Caro. La Zamacueca. Source: El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

4. He began studying classical guitar at age 11, a hobby that places music high on his list of extracurricular activities (his two young children sing with the Philadelphia Boys Choir).   

Classical Guitar


5. He directs Wallace Roberts & Todd’s (WRT) landscape architecture studio in Philadelphia and many of the firm's large-scale landscape projects.

Philadelphia - WRT Office  

Source: WRT

6. Among his noted achievements are the design of Santa Monica's Palisades Park and Beach Boardwalk (in collaboration with artist Jody Pinto), the master plan for Washington, DC's Anacostia Waterfront and the design guidelines for the Trinity River Corridor Project, the largest public works initiative in the history of Dallas, Texas.

Anacostia Master Plan

 Source: WRT

7. He became a Fellow of ASLA in 2010.

Ignacio Bunster-Ossa 2010 Fellow

Source: ASLA (Sam Brown Photography)

8. He wrote Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology (APA Planners Press)

Ignacio Bunster-Ossa Book

Source: Amazon

9.    He earned his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Miami and master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

University of Miami

Source: University of Miami

Sources: WRT, ASLA, Amazon, Ignacio Bunster-Ossa


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