Adam Anderson

Adam E. Anderson is a registered landscape architect and artist working on projects ranging from hospital healing gardens and residential gardens to master planning, campus plazas, rooftop gardens and urban parks, as well as commissioned public art works. In his studio, Design Under Sky (D.U.S.), he negotiates with the ever-changing landscape by understanding the unique phenomenological qualities and cultural influences inherent to each site and then deploying interventions to embrace, reveal and embellish these qualities. Nature is abstracted in his projects, culminating in a celebration of wonder found in both the technological and ecological.

Anderson is currently working on 10,000 SUNS: Highway to Park Project, cultivating 10,000 sunflower seeds to transform vacant former highway land; designing the landscape for a 2,500-bed hospital in XiangYa, China; and creating Healing Roof Gardens for Boston Children’s Hospital’s new satellite location.

Anderson earned his Master’s in Landscape Architecture (MLA II) at RISD, where he was an Olmsted Scholar, and his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. He has taught at RISD since 2014 and has been a visiting critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Ohio State University, Northeastern University and the Boston Architectural College. Prior to forming the D.U.S. studio, he worked for the award-winning offices of Landworks Studio and Ground, Inc. in Boston on several international and regional projects. He also leads the Landscape Architecture department at Payette Associates, a globally recognized, 140-person architecture and planning office in Boston.

    Fall 2017 Courses

  • LDAR-2264-02 Representation I

    Spring 2018 Courses

  • LDAR-2253-02 Plants & Design
  • BS, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • MLA, Rhode Island School of Design


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