Gareth Doherty

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Senior Research Associate

Gareth Doherty’s research and teaching focus on the intersections between landscape, ecology, urbanism, and anthropology. Dr Doherty’s publications include Ecological Urbanism edited with Mohsen Mostafavi (Lars Müller Publishers, 2010), which challenges urban practice to engage more fully with the arts, environment, government, public health, society, and technology—ecology in a broad sense. Doherty is a founding editor of the New Geographies journal and editor-in-chief of New Geographies 3: Urbanisms of Color (Harvard GSD and Harvard University Press, 2011); supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the volume explores issues of identity, gender, power, and the design of space through color.

Doherty is currently working on the effective integration of anthropological methods with design and planning. Recent projects include research on the notion of informal urbanism in favelas in Rio de Janeiro, and his doctoral dissertation on concepts of the color green in Bahrain, the latter of which was supported by a Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship from Harvard University.

In addition to the Doctor of Design from Harvard, Doherty received his Master of Landscape Architecture and Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania and masters and undergraduate degrees from University College Dublin. Doherty is a registered landscape architect and has practiced in the UK and Ireland, including collaborations with Chora/Raoul Bunschoten and Donegal County Council.

Doherty has previously taught at the Architectural Association in London; Aarhus School of Architecture; Aalborg University; Berlage Institute, Rotterdam; Kingston University, London; Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane; RMIT University, Melbourne; and the University of Sheffield.

At the GSD, Doherty’s courses include the Proseminar in Landscape Architecture, Proseminar in Urban Design, Design Anthropology, Preparation of Design Thesis Proposal for Master in Landscape Architecture, Design Research Methods, Curating Ecological Urbanism, and Scalar Urbanism. Studio teaching at the GSD includes the Core Urban Planning Studio, and elective studios on Designing the Ecology of Democracy based on the Mall in Washington DC, and Extreme Urbanism in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. He has a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University.