Gareth Doherty is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Programs at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Doherty’s research and teaching focus on the intersections between landscape architecture and anthropology, with a central inquiry of how ethnographic fieldwork methods can inspire and inform design innovations. Doherty’s recent research projects have centered on landscape-related practices at various sites across the postcolonial and Islamic worlds, specifically in the Arabian peninsula, West Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Two primary questions frame Doherty’s work. First, how can theoretical, educational and design possibilities be expanded and diversified through working in societies where there is no formal landscape architecture discipline? Second, how through a comparative understanding of landscapes and cultural practices can landscape architects more sensitively work outside of their own societies with respect and deference for others’ values and ways of life?
Books by Gareth Doherty include, Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State (University of California Press, 2017). Doherty is currently principal investigator on a sponsored research project “Atlas for a City-Region: Imagining the Post-Brexit Landscapes of the Irish Northwest.” The project is based in the Critical Landscapes Design Lab, which Doherty leads.