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Landscape Architect Susan Child Passes Away

Landscape architect Susan Child died at her home in New Haven, Connecticut, on November 13, 2018.

In a practice that ranged from her 1980s Greening of Boston report to her magnum opus, South Cove Park in New York City, Child elegantly combined contextual and historic appropriateness with innovative design in precise and unique ways. She blended a vast knowledge of native plants and American history and culture with her sensitivity to art and material expression. As a leader in public advocacy and service, she was a dedicated advocate for the value of landscape architecture to improve the quality of life in urban areas both nationally and in her native Boston. 

After graduating from Harvard in 1981, Child founded Child, Hornbeck Associates Inc. in Boston with former professor Peter Hornbeck. Following Hornbeck’s departure in 1984, she founded Child Associates Inc., Landscape Architecture, with Douglas Reed.

Child received her BA from Vassar College, certificate in landscape design from the Radcliffe Institute, and MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Child was elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows in 2011.

Certain passages excerpted from The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

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