Cynthia Webster Smith

Cynthia W. Smith

Photo by Genevieve de Manio

Cynthia Webster Smith joined Halvorson Design Partnership, Inc. in 1988, rising to her current position as vice president of the firm. Halvorson Design Partnership is a nationally recognized landscape architecture and planning firm, based in Boston, with a broad spectrum of areas in each of which Cynthia has practiced. These include academic, commercial, residential, park and open space, historic preservation, health care, sacred site, waterfront, and museum projects.

An active member of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA), Cynthia served as president from 2000–2001. She is a Board Member of the Hubbard Educational Trust, established to fostering landscape architecture education. An active civic practitioner, she has served on the Cambridge Public Art Commission and Committee on Public Planting; the Advisory Boards of the Trust for City Hall Plaza and Move Massachusetts; and the Alumni Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has been a design critic and lecturer at Boston Architectural College, MIT, Radcliffe Seminars, Massachusetts College of Art, and Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Cynthia's work includes Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square, Charles River Reservation planning and design, The Sloan School of Business at MIT, Harvard Law School, Riverside Park and Cambridge Common renovation, "complete streets" projects in Boston, Cambridge and Buffalo, NY, New England Aquarium, Pilot House Harborwalk and Christopher Columbus Park Renovation along Boston Harbor, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Logan Airport Hilton.

She has extensive experience in collaborating with artists in the design of outdoor spaces, such as James Cutler FAIA and Maggie Smith, at the Salem Witch Trials Tercentenary Memorial, Cai Guo-Chiang, at MIT, Howard Ben-Tre, at Post Office Square, and David Phillips, at City Square Park, in Charlestown.

Cynthia received her bachelor's degree in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts in 1976. She began her career at Sasaki Associates, where she became an associate. In 1984, she received a Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and then joined the Boston office of SWA Group. She was elected to the prestigious Council of Fellows by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2012. Cynthia previously served as a Trustee of the College from November of 2013 to June of 2018.