Promoting the transformative power of horticulture
At Hoerr Schaudt, we design beautiful, purposeful gardens that connect people, site, and season.
Gardens elicit joy, soothe our souls, and become places where we interact with each other and the world around us. Drawing upon centuries of time-honored tradition, our work layers botanical silhouettes to shape space and create settings that artfully blend the natural and built environments, be it a residence, streetscape, campus, city park, or botanical garden.
Based in Chicago, with offices in Kansas City and Los Angeles, Hoerr Schaudt continues its 30-year mission to create gardens that thrive and delight.
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.
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.
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.
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.