Diana Balmori, FASLA


Diana Balmori, FASLA the founding principal of Balmori Associates, is recognized internationally for her creative interplay between landscape and architecture.

Diana Balmori established Balmori Associates in 1990. In 2006 she created balmoriLABS within the firm to undertake and join the search for form in landscape and the intersection with architecture, art or engineering: Green Roofs, Floating Islands, Temporary Landscapes, Forms of Representation, and Zero Waste City are some of the labs.

Diana Balmori has been featured in publications and programs including Dwell, The Architects Newspaper, Monocle, El Pais, PBS, WNYC, Design Observer, Inhabitat, and Utne Reader, which named her 1 of 50 "Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in 2009.

In addition to teaching at Yale University in both the School of Architecture and the School of Forestry and Environmental studies, she has lectured and published extensively. Her most recent book is Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, written with Joel Sanders (Random House, September 2011). A Landscape Manifesto was published by Yale University Press (2010). She is the co-author of many books, such as Saarinen Garden: A Total Work of Art; Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony; Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives; The Land and Natural Development (LAND) Code: Guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Land Development; Beatrix Farrand, American Landscapes; Garden and Campus Designs.

Founder, Balmori Associates
Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects

Ph.D. in Urban History, Highest Honors, University of California, Los Angeles
Certificate in Landscape Design, Radcliffe College
B.F.A. in Architecture, University of Tucumán, Argentina
Joint Appointment, Yale School of Architecture and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Davenport Chair of Architectural Design, Yale School of Architecture
William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor of Architectural Design, Yale School of Architecture

U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Washington D.C.
Senior Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Board Member of the Van Alen Institute, New York City
Board Minetta Brook (a Public Art organization)
Civic Alliance World Trade Center Memorial Committee Chair
Comprehensive Design Landscape Plan for the White House
iNational Rails-to-Trails Organization Committee Member