Campus & Community

Landscape Institute to transition to new leadership

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John Furlong, director of the Landscape Institute at the Arnold Arboretum, will step down from his position in order to devote time to teaching and private practice, it was recently announced. This transition will occur following the arrival of a new director in the coming months.

“Over the past quarter century, John has created a nationally known program distinguished by its exceptional offerings in landscape design, historic landscape preservation, and garden history,” stated Bob Cook, director of the Arnold Arboretum. “Thanks to his vision, strong leadership, and passion for the field, the Landscape Institute has earned an outstanding reputation and it fully embodies the educational mission of the Arboretum. We owe a debt of gratitude to John for this legacy.”

Auerbach Associates, a Boston-based search firm with experience in design education, has been retained to assist in a national search for a new director, beginning in early April. “We are committed to finding an individual who can provide the same exceptional dedication and leadership that have defined John Furlong’s contributions as director,” commented Richard Schulhof, deputy director of the Arnold Arboretum. “The Landscape Institute is at the center of a vibrant and involved community, … [and] it is our hope that members of the design community, both students and practitioners, will provide input to the search process.”

Nominations for the new director, or input regarding the future of the Landscape Institute, can be directed to, or (617) 524-1718, ext. 133.