Tribute to American football stadium architect Peter Schaudt who died aged 56

Chicago landscape architect Peter Schaudt, who is famous for his work on football stadiums in the US midwest has died Sunday at 56 of a heart attack.

As part of the Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field renovation in 2003, Schaudt replaced surface parking lots around the lakefront stadium with 17 acres of parkland, including a sledding hill with a skyline view.

Last year, the Green Bay Packers dedicated a new plaza that he designed outside Lambeau Field. It contains 13 birch trees to match the number of the team’s championships..

In Chicago Schaudt shaped a series of outdoor spaces, including a sunken lawn near Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall and also designed a planted roof atop the Gary Comer Youth Center, offering a haven for urban agriculture in Greater Grand Crossing.

Both projects won national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

“He was very proud of all he had accomplished in the civic realm and the difference it made in the everyday life of people who lived and worked in the city,” said his firm’s partner Douglas Hoerr of Hoerr Schaudt landscape architects.