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Spring 2017 Student Lecture Series: Doug Reed

Design + Heritage

Doug Reed work
  • 03/08/2017

  • 6 PM 

  • Cascieri Hall
    Boston Architectural College
    320 Newbury Street, Boston

  • communications@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public

  • Design Community, Alumni, Students, Lectures

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for a public lecture by Doug Reed, principal at Reed Hilderbrand, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.


We like to think of landscapes as repositories of cultural artifacts, ones that are inextricably linked to the ecology of a place. In fact we have come to view ecology as part of culture. Sites reflect how we live on the land, what we value, what the land has come to mean as it provides for the routines and rituals of daily life—they are part of the making of culture, and our imprint on the land has consequence for advancing culture. This presentation will focus on the reading of cultural evidence as a source of meaningful design form on several rural and urban sites. Each project reconciles values of continuity and change and exemplifies how the heritage of a place provides a springboard for spatial invention and new paradigms of form to meet the needs of contemporary life.

Douglas Reed is recognized nationally for design leadership and for his tireless advocacy of culturally significant landscapes. Reed garnered broad critical acclaim two decades ago for the innovative Therapeutic Garden at the Institute for Child and Adolescent Development, which received the President's Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Reed is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He was selected in 2005, with Gary Hilderbrand, for the Emerging Voices program of the Architectural League of New York City and for the Thaler Memorial Lectureship at the University of Virginia in 2013. He lectures widely and participates as a critic on reviews for design schools nationwide. Reed co-authored the firm's 2012 monograph, Visible | Invisible, which received the ASLA's Award of Excellence in Communication. Doug Reed is a founding board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, an influential nonprofit dedicated to supporting and safeguarding the nation's cultural land resources and designed landscapes.

Doug Reed - Bennington

Doug Reed - Clark Ewing