Pierre Bélanger is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, MA, USA.
He teaches graduate courses on landscape, infrastructure and urbanism in the interrelated fields of planning, design and engineering. Combining knowledge from the engineering and environmental sciences, he collaborates with public agencies, private landowners, regional authorities and a team of interdisciplinary practitioners focused on the objectives of ecological durability and economic performance in the reclamation of regional systems and large urban landscapes.
As a member of the internationally-recognized Harvard Project on the City led by architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas, he completed graduate studies for the Masters in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he received the Janet Darling Webel and Norman T. Newton Prizes in Design.
He worked as a project manager for Brinkman & Associates, Canada’s largest reforestation and bioengineering contractor and is professionally registered as a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner as well as certified in Canada as a Surface Miner, skilled in precision earthmoving and heavy equipment operations.
Through the Landscape Infrastructure Lab (a non-profit planning Organization incorporated in 2006), Pierre Bélanger initiates and coordinates a portfolio of projects funded by public/private partnerships that include the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Transport Canada, Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada, the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Waste Management Inc. and the City of Toronto.
He is the editor of the Landscape Infrastructures DVD published by the National Research Council of Canada and recipient of the 2008/2009 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts. His publications include Redefining Infrastructure (2010), Power Perestroika (2009) and Underground Urbanism (2006).
Pierre Bélanger has received several honorable mentions in planning and design competitions including the 2009 World Sustainability Centre Afsluitdijk Competition, 2Gs 2008 Venice Lagoon Competition, the AIAs 2007 Columbus Rewired Design Competition, the 2007 Hadspen Parabola Design Competition, the 2007 Chicago Prize, the University of Washington in St. Louis 2006 Steedman Fellowship Competition and the Architectural Association's 2006 Environmental Tectonics Competition.