Conversations in Context

Gary Hilderbrand + John Beardsley

Conversations in Context invited leaders from creative fields to reflect on the site’s past, present, and future, and to contribute their perspectives on the Glass House and its significance to contemporary debates.

Gary Hilderbrand is a principal of Reed Hilderbrand in Watertown, Massachusetts. His firm has been recognized with over fifty-five regional and national design awards in the United States. He is Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1990. Widely published as an author and critic on landscape architecture practice, his writings include The Miller Garden: Icon of Modernism and Making a Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel. In 2009, his work on contemporary American landscape architecture practices, Reciprocities, was exhibited in Barcelona for the Fifth European Landscape Biennial. He is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and of the American Academy in Rome. In 2011, his firm received an honor award for the rehabilitation of Philip Johnson’s 1964 Beck House in Dallas. Photo by Millicent Harvey.

John Beardsley is a senior lecturer in the department of landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., where Philip Johnson designed the Pre-Columbian Pavilion in 1963. He has written extensively on public and environmental art, including the books Ken Smith: Landscape ArchitectEarthworks and Beyond: Contemporary Art in the Landscape and Gardens of Revelation: Environments by Visionary Artists.

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