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ASLA Honors Reed Hilderbrand as Landscape Architecture Firm of the Year

The American Society of Landscape Architects has chosen Reed Hilderbrand for its 2013 Landscape Architecture Firm Award, the highest award that ASLA bestows in recognition of distinguished work that influences the profession.

In announcing the award, ASLA wrote: "Since 1997, the collaborative work of Douglas Reed, FASLA, and Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA, has been recognized for its design, craftsmanship and extraordinary use of plants. The firm's work is wide-ranging, from residential and parks projects to cultural and academic institutions and has garnered 12 national ASLA awards just in the past decade." Reed Hilderbrand is doing great planning work at The Breakers and the gardens they design will be spectacular.

Douglas Reed

Doug founded the firm in 1993 and has shared design direction with Gary Hilderbrand since 1997.  His role as a founding board member and co-chair of The Cultural Landscape Foundation affords him a platform for leadership in national debates that frame landscape architecture's role in preserving and amplifying our design heritage. Doug also lectures extensively on the value of landscape expression as a force in contemporary culture.  The Architectural League of New York recognized Doug and Gary in their Emerging Voices program, an honor conferred on firms whose distinctive voice has the potential to influence the design fields.  He has served two terms as the landscape architect representative on the Design Review Board of The Ohio State University.  Doug is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  In 2011 he enoyed the great fortune of a Residency at the American Academy in Rome.

John Grove

John has defined his leadership in the firm's technical capacities and modes of design expression through a legacy of precisely executed and award-winning works over a twenty-year period.  He has shaped many of Reed Hilderbrand's most technically sophisticated projects, including Harvard's Naito/Bauer life sciences precinct, MIT's Koch Institute and North Court, the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, New York, the Charles River Pier at Boston's Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and a long list of private commissions that have garnered national attention for their exemplary craft and character.  John holds degrees in fine arts and in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia, where he learned to unite a painter's eye with a builder's vision.  He remains a steadfast proponent of the role of hand drawing n exploring and visualizing design outcomes, while incorporating the increasingly diverse digital toolkit at the office's disposal into the design process.



Reed Hilderbrand

Reed Hilderbrand is founded on the belief that the designed landscape is among the most potent and durable instruments of cultural expression.  Striving for clarity of purpose in all aspects of design, we collaborate with other artists and professionals to help institutions, public stewards, and individuals articulate ideas through landscape.  We work at the vital intersection of nature and culture--integrating responsible care for the land with the ordinary and extraordinary needs of modern life.

We hold that life offers its most ennobling experiences when we deepen our connection with our surroundings--in work, study, play, movement, travel, or home life.  The designed landscape allows us to realize the potentials of this deeper connection.  For us, the sense of a site's history and the particular character of the ground itself--its shape, soil, moisture, vegetative cover--are what motivates meaningful form in our projects.

Employing the freedom of a modern aesthetic, our work achieves spatial richness through an economy of means, and merges a wealth of sources with a distillation of intent.

We are always moved by the dynamic condition of the landscape--its growth and change--and we embrace the specific tactile qualities of each project's locality.  And as wary participants in a paradoxically universalizing culture, which makes limited currencies of emotion and interpretation, we are committed to reasserting the values of simplicity, beauty, serenity, sanctuary, intimacy, and mystery as essential components of the human experience.