October 2017


Gary Hilderbrand with Alberto Iacovoni – Imagining the Vegetal City: The Surface Is Alive

  • Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Reed-Hilderbrand, The Surface of the City is Alive: Central Wharf, Boston, 2012. Photograph by Millicent Harvey.

Gary Hilderbrand, the recipient of the 2017 American Society of Landscape Architects Design Medal and Professor in Practice at Harvard Graduate School of Design, describes landscape architecture’s evolving consequential role in shaping contemporary cities. Urban streets, squares, and parks support the city’s ecological performance and define its spatial experience. Yet much of the city’s living infrastructure remains underestimated or invisible. Hilderbrand’s academic research on the urban forest complements and extends a long arc of design commissions for his firm, Reed Hilderbrand, in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Columbus, Tampa, and Boston. In this conversation, Hilderbrand will discuss the urban landscape with Rome-based architect Alberto Iacovoni.

Gary Hilderbrand FAAR FASLA is a founding principal of Reed Hilderbrand LLC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His firm has been recognized with more than eighty-five regional and national design awards. He is widely published as an author and critic on landscape architecture practice and has written three monographs: Making a Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, 1997; The Miller Garden: Icon of Modernism, 1999; and Visible Invisible: Landscape Works of Reed Hilderbrand, published with Douglas Reed, in 2013.. In 2015, Douglas Reed and Gary Hilderbrand were voted among the top five “most admired practitioners” by the members of ASLA’s Professional Practice Network.

Gary Hilderbrand is the Mercedes T. and Sid R. Bass Landscape Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the fall 2017.

The event will be held in English. You can watch it livestreamed at

The 2017-18 Conversations/Conversazioni series is sponsored by The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.