Reed Hilderbrand Associates was selected to work on the Clark's expansion because of their deep understanding of New England’s natural environments and cultural life. The firm's experience with the rural landscape of the Berkshires is reflected in projects such as Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; as well as residential work in the region. The firm has consistently emphasized the area’s scenic character, and is familiar with the variety of ponds, trails, meadows, and scenic vistas found on the grounds of the Clark.
The firm’s work extends to numerous other museums and cultural institutions throughout the United States, including the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio; the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York; and contemporary burial sites for the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Gary Hilderbrand, Lead Principal for the Clark project, is currently Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1990 and is widely published in the field. He received a master’s degree in landscape architecture with distinction from Harvard University in 1985. Hilderbrand is the recipient of Harvard’s Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship and the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Reed Hilderbrand has received more than forty national and regional awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, including the prestigious, singular Award of Excellence on two occasions, 1997 and 2007. In 2005 they were honored as New Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York. The firm is based in Watertown, Massachusetts.