J. Peter Monro

Peter Monro has designed, built, and overseen construction of walkways in cities, towns, and natural areas for master plans, residences, cemeteries and parks during his 25-year career as a landscape architect. He first wrote about walking in a1993 article, Paths and Their Design.

Since then he has traveled throughout England and the northeastern U.S., studying and photographing walks and sitting areas at residences, in major gardens, and throughout cities. He has a Master's degree in landscape design from The Conway (Mass.) School and studied under Rosemary Alexander and Anthony duGard Pasley at the English Gardening School in Chelsea, London.

He has lectured on the planning and design of walkways and their role in urban and regional economic development. He has also taught seminars on historic landscape design, conservation planning, and visual impact assessment at Southern Maine Community College, The Heartwood School, and the Maine College of Art. He has been a guest critic for more than 15 years at The Conway School.

He won a World Wildlife Foundation Innovation Grant for identifying conservation interests around Casco Bay and the Kay Wagenknecht-Harte Trailblazer Award for work at Portland Trails. He has shared the Master Plan of the Year from the New England Chapter of the American Association of Planners and a National Merit Award in communications from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

During an earlier career, he was a reporter, photographer, editor, and administrator for newspapers, including the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram and the Miami Herald. His photographs have been bought by Yankee Magazine, shown in group and one-artist shows in Maine and Massachusetts, and juried into the Worcester Art Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. He has illustrated Sprawlstoppers and other publications for land trusts and the Natural Resources Council of Maine.