Kirt is a Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he co-teaches Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies II. Rieder is a Principal-in-Charge of some of Hargreaves Jones’ most celebrated projects, including the Reinventing the Crescent Master Plan & Crescent Park in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as contributing to the design of Crissy Field in San Francisco, California. Rieder focuses his design energy on crafting precise topographic surfaces to exacting results, ensuring the promise of universal access coupled with maximum legibility of designed landscapes. His expertise in the resilient planning and construction of urban waterfront landscapes is particularly notable, including the recently completed master plans for the Richmond Riverfront Plan, the James River Park Master Plan, and the completed construction for the wildly popular T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, all in Richmond, Virginia. A powerful proponent for landscape architecture and the potential of public open space to drive the physical and cultural evolution of cities, Mr. Rieder demonstrates how challenging and complicated sites can be creatively and strategically reconfigured as historical and ecological destinations.
Mr. Rieder holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He is a registered landscape architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is the co-chair of both the City of Salem Planning Board and the Salem Tree Commission.