Open House Lecture: “Faculty Voices: Perspectives on Practice and Pedagogy,” with Neil Brenner, Gary Hilderbrand, and Elizabeth Whittaker; moderated by Ed Eigen

Three GSD faculty members will discuss the connection of their practices, work, interests, and teaching. Discussion will be moderated by Ed Eigen, Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he teaches classes on critical urban theory, urbanization, urban/territorial governance and sociospatial theory, as well as directs the Urban Theory Lab at the Harvard GSD. Brenner’s most recent book is Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Jovis, 2013). In 2014, Brenner was selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (; his publications were ranked among the top 1% most cited globally in the general social sciences between 2002 and 2012.

Gary Hilderbrand is Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and principal of Reed Hilderbrand, LLC. He is a recognized author and critic of historic and contemporary landscape architecture practice. His firm was honored this year with three awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, for Long Dock Park in Beacon, New York, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, and a research project on measured performance of urban manufactured soils.

Elizabeth Whittaker is Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is also the founding principal of MERGE Architects, an architectural practice that innovates through making. MERGE Architects has won multiple awards including Architectural Record’s 2014 Design Vanguard, recognizing the top ten emerging practices in the world, and sixteen American Institute of Architects (AIA) / Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Design awards, among various others. She has taught design studios in several Architecture programs including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern University, and the Boston Architectural College.

Principal Speakers: 1860
Additional Speakers: 2769, 2035, 1703


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