Alumni Profile: Doug Reed

Principal, Reed Hilderbrand Associates Inc

Provide an educational background including professional experience.

I have a B.A. from LSU in landscape architecture and a Master’s from Harvard in Landscape Architecture. After graduate school, I worked with several firms in the Cambridge area before founding Reed Hilderbrand in 1993.

Why did you choose LSU for your education?

I felt compelled to attend LSU in my junior year of high school after I participated in a summer program offered by the Department of Landscape Architecture that introduced young students to the discipline.

How did your LSU degree help to prepare you for your profession?

I had an exceptional undergraduate education that encompassed both broad liberal arts courses and comprehensive, rigorous coursework in landscape architecture, including design, landscape history, construction, ecology, plants and graphic representation. The school was ranked at the top in the nation for undergraduate education in landscape architecture.

What current or past research and projects/exhibitions have you done?

Some of our more recent projects include seasonal planting at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, interment sites at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, and the Children’s Therapeutic Garden at the Institute for Child and Adolescent Development in Wellesley, Mass. Other projects include the Hobart Urban Nature Preserve in Troy, Ohio, the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass. and the Institute of Social Policy and Study at Yale. Exhibitions have been shown at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Virginia and The Harvard Club of Boston.

Please list any awards or special recognition that you have received.

President’s Award of Excellence, The American Society of Landscape Architects, for the Therapeutic Garden at the Institute for Child and Adolescent Development in Wellesley.
Awards from the ASLA and its Boston chapter.
Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, for work at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio.
The firm’s projects have been published in LandForum, Landscape Architecture, Garden Design, Garten und Landschaft, Designed Landscape Forum, and Architectural Digest.

What are your plans for the future?

To continue to pursue the best work with colleagues, and to integrate into my life my additional interests in drawing, painting, travel and political causes.