Stoss Landscape Urbanism Receives AIA Regional & Urban Design Award for Suffolk Downs Master Plan

Rendering of the Suffolk Downs Master Plan show a vibrant landscape design populated by people and pets walking on paths. Groups lounge in the shade under trees and play by the water. There are kits in the sky. The scene is joyful and bright.
Rendering from the the Suffolk Downs Master Plan. Image courtesy of HYM & CBT.

Stoss Landscape Urbanism, the design studio founded by Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture Chris Reed, has received a 2022 AIA Award for Regional & Urban Design for the Suffolk Downs Master Plan. The annual AIA honors recognize “the best buildings and spaces—and the people behind them.”

Stoss received the award in partnership with Boston architecture firm CBT. The plan for the former horse racing facility in East Boston would create a highly resilient, mixed-use neighborhood oriented around transit. Studio director in the Boston office of Stoss and Design Critic in Landscape Architecture Amy Whitesides (MLA ’12) served as the director-in-charge for the project, with Reed acting as design director.

In addition to earning the AIA award, work by Stoss is featured as the cover story in the February 2022 publication of Landscape Architecture Magazine. The article reports on the design of a new central quad at the University of Michigan’s North Campus.

Reed also recently participated in an interview with the Canadian magazine Landscapes | Paysages, speaking with Snøhetta’s Michelle Delk and Dialog’s Doug Carlye about the future of landscape architecture. Asked to give advice for the new era, Reed says: “Embrace the challenges. Embrace the complexity. Don’t put it aside. And then find your own obsession, your own parallel obsession, and keep at that, too. Find your creative medium.”