Award-winning landscape architect will present P.H. Elwood Lecture Oct. 22 at ISU

AMES, Iowa -- Gary Hilderbrand, an award-winning landscape architect and adjunct professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will present the P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Iowa State University. His presentation, "Space of Trees," will be at 6 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Hilderbrand is a principal in Reed Hilderbrand Associates Inc. Landscape Architecture, Watertown, Mass., where he has shared design direction of the firm with Douglas Reed since 1997. Internationally known for excellence in landscape design and execution, the firm has completed projects for the Dallas Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, the University of Virginia, Yale University, and museums and colleges throughout the northeastern United States. Reed Hilderbrand has received more than 40 regional and national awards, including the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Presidents' Award of Excellence in 1997 and 2007.

"Gary's work is very understated, very elegant, even sublime. It takes an incredible sense of history, of context, of formalisms to create design work of that caliber," said Doug Johnston, chair of the ISU landscape architecture department.

"What also sets Gary apart is the fact that as an active and accomplished practitioner, he is also engaged in high-quality scholarship -- the cultural examination of landscape architecture as a discipline and profession."

Widely published as an author and critic on 20th-century landscape architecture practice, Hilderbrand serves on the editorial boards of Land Forum and Harvard Design Magazine. His monograph, "Making a Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel," was recognized by the ASLA, and won the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award for Outstanding Book Design.

Hilderbrand holds degrees from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1990. He is a Fellow of the ASLA and of the American Academy in Rome. A member of several professional juries, he served as jury chair for the ASLA Annual Awards in 2005.

The Philip H. Elwood Lecture Series in Landscape Architecture was established in 1997 to honor the legacy of professor Philip H. Elwood, who is credited with developing the Department of Landscape Architecture. The lecture series brings renowned practitioners to the Iowa State campus as guest lecturers each fall. This year's lecture is cosponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture, the College of Design (as a part of its 30th anniversary celebration), and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by the Government of the Student Body.

A reception will precede Hilderbrand's lecture in Gallery 181 and the Lightfoot Forum, College of Design. An exhibition of work by 20 College of Design students (18 from landscape architecture, one from architecture, and one from art and design) who participated in the Summer 2008 Pacific Rim Traveling Studio will be on display in the gallery.