Robert Mitchell Hanna Collection (282), Landscape Architect, 1935-2003
As a landscape architect concerned with creating open space in cities, Robert Mitchell Hanna achieved national recognition by constructing serene landscapes in some of our nation's most populous urban centers. At the University of Pennsylvania, Hanna became the driving force behind a renewed focus on the material realities of design within the context of ecological planning. In 1976, Robert Hanna and Laurie Olin formed the partnership Hanna/Olin (1976-1995), which designed the grounds of I. M. Pei, the Johnson & Johnson Headquarters, Battery Park City, among many other landscapes in major cities. In 1995, Hanna established an independent practice, RM Hanna Landscape Architects (1995-2005), to be more directly involved in the design process.
The Robert Mitchell Hanna Collection contains materials related to his professional work as an architect and landscape architect as well as materials associated to his personal life and education. The collection documents Hanna's work with RM Hanna Landscape Architects (1995-2005), his early work as an architect and landscape architect in Washington State (1962-65), and student work from the University of Washington (1955-59).