Diana Balmori (1932–2016)

U.S. Commission of Fine Arts

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts is saddened to note the passing of former member Diana Balmori, FASLA. The founder of Balmori Associates in New York City and a professor at Yale University, she served on the Commission from 2003 to 2012. Balmori was born in Gijón, Spain, and studied architecture at the University of Tucumán in Argentina; she also received a doctorate in urban history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and studied landscape design at Radcliffe College. Her firm’s notable projects include numerous gardens and parks in Bilbao, Spain; Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park in Farmington, Minnesota; and New Government City in Sejong, South Korea. Balmori was a longtime advocate for sustainable building and infrastructure projects; in 2005, her firm designed a 35,000-square-foot green roof for Silvercup Studios, which was the largest of its type in New York City when completed. She also authored many books including A Landscape Manifesto (Yale University Press, 2010) and Groundwork (Monacelli Press, 2011), which she wrote with the architect Joel Sanders. Read more about Diana Balmori in Fast Company’s Co.Design.