For 40 years, Marty Poirier has combined his insatiable curiosity with a love of community life to practice landscape architecture fused with urbanity, social purpose, and aesthetics.
Marty’s designs strive to shape expressive places that people connect with. His career has been filled with interesting and challenging design assignments bolstered by the downtown centers in which he has lived and worked: Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cambridge, New York, and San Diego. Poirier’s work has focused on places of dense human interaction – parks, college campuses, and city centers – where the rigorous analysis of the site and the program are masterfully transformed into remarkable landscapes.
Poirier joined PWP in 2016. Before joining the firm, he co-founded Spurlock Poirier in San Diego and led that firm’s design work for urban parks, notably the 1.5 mile long waterfront park for downtown San Diego’s North Embarcadero, the New Children’s Museum Park, and United States Federal Courthouse in San Diego, the Civic Events Plaza for the City of Henderson, Nevada, and the streetscape, parks and open space design for Makuhari City on Tokyo Bay.
The recipient of numerous design awards, Poirier has lectured widely throughout North America. In 2010, he was appointed to the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council, and is the founder of the local Harvard Alumni Council organization, GSD | SD, and the Harvard DISrupt! conference series.
Poirier finds great inspiration for his aesthetic pursuits through ongoing dialogue and collaborative projects with a diverse range of artists including Robert Irwin, Alexis Smith, Quincy Troupe, Newton and Helen Harrison, Mathieu Gregoire, and Tim Hawkinson. This passion for aesthetics contributed to Chef Thomas Keller’s selection of Poirier to update the garden at The French Laundry restaurant.