Christian Tschumi grew up in Zürich, Switzerland, and became a licensed landscape gardener in 1988. He received his first degree in landscape architecture from the Hochschule Rapperswil in 1993. After starting his own landscape architecture practice in 1995, he was also invited as a visiting lecturer to the Fachhochschule Anhalt in Bernburg, Germany. In 1997 he pursued a master's degree in landscape architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and later worked at Peter Walker and Partners in Berkeley. In April 2000 he moved to Kyoto, Japan, and started research on the modernization of the Japanese garden. Christian Tschumi was a fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in 2004/05, and now practices and teaches in Zürich.