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