Doug Reed MLA ’81 and the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), led by Chief Executive Officer Barbara Deutsch LF ’06, are recipients of 2019 Honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Reed received the ASLA Design Medal and LAF the Medal of Excellence. Representing the highest awards ASLA presents each year, honorees will be recognized at the organization’s annual President’s Dinner during the Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego, CA this November.
Reed is a principal at Reed Hilderbrand LLC, the firm he founded with the GSD’s Peter Louis Hornbeck Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture, Gary R. Hilderbrand MLA ’85. He has worked on a variety of projects, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and Leventritt Garden at Harvard’s The Arnold Arboretum. “Doug’s design accomplishments, along with his advocacy for our designed landscape heritage and his ability to carefully intervene in protected spaces, mark him as a rare and special landscape architect—a designer for our time and for the ages,” wrote nominator Suzanne Turner, FASLA.
This is the third year in a row that a GSD alumnus/a has received the ASLA Design Medal, meant to “recognize an individual landscape architect who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for a period of at least ten years.” Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92 was the 2018 recipient and Hilderbrand received the 2017 Medal. Previous winners include Andrea Cochran MLA ’79 in 2014, Stuart Owen Dawson MLA ’58 in 2013, Peter Walker MLA ’57 in 2012, Richard Shaw MLA ’76 in 2009, Richard Haag MLA ’52 in 2007, and Lawrence Halprin BLA ’44 in 2003.
Before joining LAF as CEO, Deutsch worked in both the private and not-for-profit sector, including ten years at IBM before making a career change to become a landscape architect. “LAF has built a remarkable legacy as the organization invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to increase the collective capacity to achieve its mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment, and to empower current and future landscape architects to use their unique skills to make change in the world,” noted nominators Thaisa Way Ph.D, FASLA, FAAR & Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA.