Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, announced the appointment of Anita Berrizbeitia as tenured professor of landscape architecture, starting in July.
Berrizbeitia is a landscape architect whose research focuses on design theories of modern and contemporary landscape architecture, the productive aspects of landscapes, and Latin American cities and landscapes. She was awarded the 2005-06 Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she studied architecture at the Universidad Simón Bolívar before receiving a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.L.A. from the GSD.
Berrizbeitia has taught design theory and studio, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where she was associate chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Her studios investigate 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 past three decades. From 1987 to 1993, she practiced with Child Associates Inc., in Boston, where she collaborated on many award-winning projects.
She is co-author, with Linda Pollak, of “Inside/Outside: Between Architecture and Landscape” (Rockport, 1999), which won an American Society of Landscape Architects (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. Her essays have been published a number of books as well.