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May 2004 Issue

A Designer’s Designer
Dan Kiley cast a long shadow: appreciations by his associates and friends.

A Designer’s Designer
Photo by Aaron Kiley

The son of a construction worker, Daniel Urban Kiley grew up in the blue-collar Roxbury section of Boston, apprenticed with former Olmsted associate Warren Manning, attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Design during the Great Depression, and served in the army during World War II.

Over the next half-century or so, working first in New Hampshire and then in the northern Vermont town of Charlotte, his name became synonymous with modernism. Many regarded him as the dean of modernist landscape architects, collaborating with fine modernist architects, earning the respect of sophisticated clients, hiring young talent for his practice, and inspiring countless other landscape architects.

Soon after his death in late February at the age of 91, Landscape Architecture cast a wide net among Dan Kiley’s associates and clients and professional writers. Tell us about the man and his work, we asked. Our thanks to all who contributed.

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