Summit Panelist: Anita Berrizbeitia
June 11, 2016
Professor and Chair of Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Anita Berrizbeitia is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Her research focuses on design theories of modern and contemporary landscape architecture, and Latin American cities and landscapes. She was awarded the 2005/2006 Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she studied architecture at the Universidad Simon Bolivar before receiving a BA from Wellesley College and an MLA from the GSD.
Berrizbeitia’s teaching explores innovative approaches to the conceptualization of public space, especially on sites where urbanism, globalization, and local cultural conditions intersect. She also leads seminars that focus on significant transformations in landscape discourse over the last three decades. From 1987 to 1993, she practiced with Child Associates, Inc., in Boston, where she collaborated on many award-winning projects, and continues to serve as a consultant to firms in the US and Latin America.
She is co-author, with Linda Pollak, of Inside/Outside: Between Architecture and Landscape (Rockport, 1999), which won an ASLA Merit Award; author of Roberto Burle Marx in Caracas: Parque del Este, 1956-1961 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), awarded the J.B. Jackson Book Prize in 2007 from the Foundation for Landscape Studies; and editor of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates: Reconstructing Urban Landscapes (Yale University Press, 2009), which received an ASLA Honor Award. She is also the editor of Urban Landscape (Critical concepts in Built Environment), published by Routledge in 2015.