Two Perspectives in Balance

The identity that grounds Hoerr Schaudt arose from divergent backgrounds and perspectives. Doug Hoerr and Peter Schaudt founded the studio in Chicago in 2008 after merging their two independent practices. Though people wondered how these extraordinary but different designers could collaborate harmoniously, the two balanced one another, Peter giving Doug an understanding of large-scale public design, while Doug taught Peter how to approach a project from the lens of intimacy, sensory appeal, and intuition.

The context and style of the firm’s portfolio varies widely, but currents of Doug’s Midwestern roots, Peter’s modernist approach, and the studio’s vibrant talent run through all our work.

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Doug Hoerr

A pioneering designer from the “ground up,” Doug intuitively envisions landscapes complete with texture, form, and color. His early experience in the design-build industry has given him skills in construction, project management, and business, while his time spent working under eminent British plantsmen and designers instilled within in him centuries of time-honored horticultural traditions. A brilliant landscape architect who uses plants as his creative medium, Doug continues to imbue public and private projects with an energy, quality, and artistry that is unparalleled in today’s industry.

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Peter Schaudt

A leader, visionary, and master of his craft, Peter Lindsay Schaudt (1959–2015) designed with adherence to the principles of restraint, elegance, and simplicity. He was the recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture and served on two mayoral design committees. As a protégé of esteemed modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley, Peter’s career was marked by professional stewardship and social responsibility. His joy lied in creating well-designed democratic spaces that touched the lives of many people.

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In 2020, Hoerr Schaudt announced the appointment of its new partners to the leadership team. Long-standing and valued members of the firm, the partners are also respected experts and leaders in the field and are committed to guiding the growth and momentum of Hoerr Schaudt.