Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Gareth Doherty’s research and teaching focus on the intersections between landscape architecture and anthropology. Doherty's recent research projects have centered on landscape-related practices at various sites across the postcolonial and Islamic worlds, specifically in the Arabian peninsula, West Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Doherty’s work is framed around two primary questions. First, how can theoretical, educational and design possibilities be expanded and diversified through working in societies where there is no formal landscape architecture discipline? Second, how through a comparative understanding of landscapes and cultural practices can landscape architects more sensitively work outside of their own societies with respect and deference for others’ values and ways of life?
In Doherty's book, Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State, Doherty analyzed a Bahraini category for landscape—green. He spent a year walking through Bahrain, learning the local language, talking with people, and recording his encounters with green, as color, space and as an environmental movement. Doherty’s edited books include: Roberto Burle Marx Lectures: Landscape as Art and Urbanism and Is Landscape…? Essays on the Identity of Landscape, edited with Charles Waldheim. Doherty is a founding editor of the New Geographies journal and editor-in-chief of New Geographies 3: Urbanisms of Color. Doherty edited Ecological Urbanism with Mohsen Mostafavi, which has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese, with forthcoming translations in Arabic and Persian.