Amy Whitesides

Design Critic in Landscape Architecture

Amy is a registered landscape architect, practitioner, and educator. Prior to her role as Design Critic in Landscape Architecture she spent 10 years in the Boston office of Stoss Landscape Urbanism where she was most recently the Director of Resilience. She continues to work with Stoss as an advisor on waterfront projects and has previously served as project manager on planning and design projects throughout the US, including Stoss’ winning entry in the Dallas Connected City Design Challenge, the ‘Working Vacancy’ proposal for revitalization of underutilized land in New Orleans, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal in Toronto and the West Louisville Food Port in Louisville, Kentucky. Most recently Amy’s work has been focused on waterfront design and planning efforts for resilient public open space in Boston including Climate Ready East Boston and Charlestown, the Blueway concept for the New England Aquarium, the Vision Plan and Resilience Plan for Moakley Park, Boston’s Urban Forest Plan, and Master Planning and Design efforts for Suffolk Downs and the Edison Power Plant in South Boston. Her projects at Stoss have been recognized with numerous awards including an ASLA Honor Award, World Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence, APA Sustainability & Resiliency Award, and multiple BSLA awards of Merit.


Amy promotes waterfront access and resilience research through service as a member of the Advisory Board for Boston’s Stone Living Lab and a Board Member for the Charles River Swimming Club.


Prior to joining the GSD, Amy taught history and theory courses at University of Toronto and a design research studio at Northeastern University focused on the role design can play in development of robust, ecologically based food systems in New England. Amy holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard GSD, receiving the ASLA Award of Merit, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Magna Cum Laude, and graduate certificate in Scientific Illustration from University of California, Santa Cruz.