One of the biggest names in the landscaping world will take on a new role this summer as founding director and Reed Hilderbrand partner Gary Hilderbrand has been announced as the new chair of the Harvard GSD Landscape Architecture Department. .
Hilderbrand has been on the Harvard faculty for more than 30 years and will assume the role vacated by Anita Berrizbeitia after seven years at the helm of what is the oldest landscape architecture department in academia.
A statement from GSD Dean Sarah Whiting praised Hilderbrand’s “sensitivities as a teacher and as a practitioner”, stating that the two “are one and the same”.
“His tireless efforts to reconcile the impending and often intractable forces of urbanization with ecological sustainability, cultural history, vegetative regimes and thoughtful kindness are central to his pedagogy and practice,” she continued. . “I couldn’t be more delighted that he has accepted this appointment, and I’m excited for what will happen under his leadership of the department. I also look forward to celebrating Anita’s important tenure as Director of the department and I thank her for everything she has brought to the school.
Hilderbrand’s work has won hundreds of awards over the years since graduating from GSD in 1985. His practice is credited with contributing to the design of some of the most important cultural projects in recent memory. He is also the author of several essays and monographs including that of 1997 Making a Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, and has served on the editorial boards of Spacemaker Press and ASLA Landscape architecture magazine, among others.
“I am touched and honored in equal measure by this nomination, and am grateful to Dean Whiting for his trust and support,” Hilderbrand said of his nomination. “For more than a century, landscape architecture at Harvard has positively shaped discourse in research, teaching, and field practice. We continue this legacy with renewed urgency in the face of increasingly dramatic environmental and social upheaval. I am grateful for the remarkable and human intellectual leadership of Professor Anita Berrizbeitia over the past seven years, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the department and the school to maintain the commitment to leadership in design. which is being asked of us at this time. We are well prepared.
Hilderbrand’s term as president begins July 1.