Robyn Reed is a licensed landscape architect who has taught core design studios at RISD since 2010. She focuses her studios on urban landscapes with recent studio projects sited along the Charles River and in Boston’s Seaport District. In her teaching, she emphasizes the importance of conceptual design thinking at an urban scale and seeks to help students find the analytic and representational tools with which to explore, develop and express their individual visions.
During her nearly 20 years in practice, Reed has worked at range of scales, from residential design in New England and San Francisco to master planning in Chicago and Abu Dhabi. Her recent work has focused on the public realm in the Boston metro area, with built work at the plazas at One Kendall and the first phase of Fan Pier Park. A design leader, she has played a key role in several award-winning projects including the Collier Memorial at MIT and the Connect Kendall Open Space Framework Plan while at Richard Burck Associates and Southworks/Lakeside Community Master Plan and the Abu Dhabi University Education Park Master Plan while at Sasaki Associates.
Reed has a keen interest in urban watersheds and how city streets and plazas might become more porous to help address the overland flows that increasingly larger storm events create. In addition to teaching at RISD, she has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and in the architecture department at Roger Williams University. She has served on design awards juries for the Boston Society of Landscape Architects and DESIGNxRI and spoken at the national USGBC conference, the Boston Society of Architects and the BSLA.