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Senior Practitioner Residents

Fall 2018

Toru Mitani, “Garden and Forest in Urban Space”

Toru Mitani
Toru Mitani

Toru Mitani is a professor at the Graduate School of Horticulture, Chiba University, and partner in the Tokyo landscape architecture firm 'studio on site.' He received an MA from the University of Tokyo; an MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and a PhD in architecture from the University of Tokyo. Among his most celebrated projects are Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium-Landscape, Ohita, 1997; Shinagawa Central Garden, Tokyo, 2003; Honda Wako Campus-Landscape, Saitama, 2005; Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Shimane, 2006 (one of the most ancient and significant Shinto shrines in Japan); and Okutama Forest Therapy Road, Tokyo, 2010. Among his publications are Design of Field: Dialogue with Fumihiko Maki (2011) and a translation of Modern Landscape Architecture (2007). He received the Design Award of the Japan Institute of Landscape Architecture in 1998 and the Good Design Award Gold Prize in 2003, one of the most prestigious design commendations in Japan.


Spring 2018

Laurie Olin, “The Problem of Nature and Aesthetics in Planting Design"

11th Street Bridge Park, Washington, DC. Courtesy The Olin Studio.
Director Park, Portland, Oregon. Completed 2009 by The Olin Studio. Photograph courtesy of Laurie Olin.
Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. From vision to realization, he has guided many of Olin’s signature projects, which span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, DC, to Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the AIA award–winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon. 

Mr. Olin studied civil engineering at the University of Alaska and pursued architecture at the University of Washington, where Richard Haag encouraged him to focus on landscape. He is currently Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for forty years, and is former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. Laurie is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, the highest lifetime achievement award for artists and designers bestowed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the President of the United States. He also holds the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Medal, the society’s highest award for a landscape architect. You may learn more about his practice at

Mr. Olin served as a Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks from 1983 to 1990.


Spring 2017

Udo Weilacher, "Between Land Art and Landscape Architecture"

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Tanner Fountain, Harvard University, 1984. Peter Walker, SWA Group. Image courtesy PWP Landscape Architecture

Udo Weilacher is professor of Landscape Architecture at the Technical University of Munich TUM. He was professionally trained as a gardener, studied landscape architecture in Munich and at the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. He graduated from TUM and holds a PhD from the ETH Zurich. He is the author of numerous books on contemporary art and design, including Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art (second edition, 1999),  Visionary Gardens – Modern Landscapes by Ernst Cramer (2001), In Gardens. Profiles of Contemporary European Landscape Architecture and Syntax of Landscape (2005) and The Landscape Architecture of Peter Latz and Partners (2008), which was awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize 2011 by the Foundation of Landscape Studies.

Udo has taught at the universities of Karlsruhe, Hannover, and Munich and the ETH in Zurich, lecturing worldwide and organizing international symposia and exhibitions on environmental art and landscape architecture. Since 2007, he is a member of the International Doctoral College “Spatial Research Lab”—an interdisciplinary initiative involving five European Universities—and, since 2009, is a member of the advisory board of the Centre of Garden Art and Landscape Architecture (CGL) at the Leibniz University in Hannover. In 2013, he joined the advisory board of the European Land and Art Network (ELAN), an initiative that brings together organisations, artists, academics, experts, and students of several European countries.

Udo served as the dean of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Sciences at the Leibniz University in Hannover from 2006 to 2008, before joining the TUM in Munich 2009. He is teaching design studios as well as courses on landscape research and writing. He also lectures on contemporary landscape design, landscape architectural history and theory. While at the TUM, he co-organized exhibitions "Self-Construction" (2013), which examined the development of sustainable design strategies in the 1980s, and “60 Years of Landscape Architecture at TU Munich” (2016), celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the TUM.


Spring 2016

Gary Hilderbrand, “Transforming Campus Paradigms: Two Olmsted Brothers Cases”

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Duke University West Campus aerial view, ca. 1970s. Duke University Archives.

Gary Hilderbrand is a founding partner of Reed Hilderbrand. A committed practitioner, teacher, critic, and writer, Hilderbrand is Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1990. His honors include Harvard University’s Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship, the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award with Douglas Reed, and the 2013 American Society of Landscape Architects Firm of the Year award.

Through three widely acclaimed books and two dozen essays, Hilderbrand has helped to position landscape architecture’s role in reconciling intellectual and cultural traditions with contemporary forces of urbanization and change. His essays have been featured in Landscape Architecture, Topos, Harvard Design Magazine, Architecture Boston, Clark Art Journal, Arnoldia, New England Journal of Garden History, and Land Forum.

In addition to his coauthorship in the firm’s 2012 monograph, Visible | Invisible, he produced two other monographs: Making a Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel (1997), which was recognized by ASLA and AIGA (50 Best Books); and The Miller Garden: Icon of Modernism (1999). He has served on the editorial boards of Spacemaker Press, Harvard Design Magazine, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. As a competition juror, he has participated in Harvard’s Green Prize for Urban Design (2006 and 2013); I Premi Europeu de Paisatge Rosa Barba Barcelona (2000, 2002, and 2003); and “Suburbia Transformed” for the James Rose Center (2010). He chaired the ASLA National Awards Jury in 2005 and the ASLA Annual Student Awards Jury in 2006.

Hilderbrand has developed an abiding commitment to promoting a heightened focus on urban forestry practices through the firm’s work in cities and through design studios and sponsored research projects at Harvard. In addition, his constructed drawings of Roman topography and his personal photocollage work have been exhibited at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Sotheby’s New York, Harvard University, and the Boston University Art Gallery. You may learn more about his practice at


Spring 2015

Anthony Wain, “Searching for Common Ground in the Gardens of the Past: Transition and Transfiguration in the Post-Colonial Landscapes of Africa and Asia”

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Urban streets in Zanzibar

Anthony Wain is a horticultural scientist and professional landscape architect based in Cape Town, South Africa. His work encompasses World Heritage sites, city parks, major urban mixed-use development projects, conservation landscapes, historic gardens, and the landscapes of wineries, race courses, marinas, and destination resorts. Currently, Anthony is Landscape Director of Planning Partners International in Cape Town, South Africa, and a Senior Landscape Consultant to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (Historic Cities Programme). He has been an examiner in the MLA programs at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town, and has also lectured at the University of Cape Town.