Isabella Frontado


Isabella earned a Master in Landscape Architecture and a Master in Design Studies from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Wellesley College. While at the GSD, Isabella co-edited Platform 12: How About Now? (2019), the final volume in the Platform series, which explored how questions posed by GSD students of the past resonate today and continue to frame student work of the present. Her graduate thesis, Future Histories, Disappeared Grounds, advised by Gary Hilderbrand and supported by the Penny White research grant and the MDes Research & Development Award, explored how Colonial American legal practices of defining what land is, influence current U.S. landscape maintenance practices, and determine our relationship to and memorialization of disappearing coastal communities. Upon graduating from the GSD, Isabella was selected as an Irving Innovation Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her Irving Fellowship work supported virtual design pedagogy and curriculum development and explored how educating students about teaching and learning practices can strengthen their continued development as designers and practitioners in the future. Her previous design work experiences include a yearlong Urban Design and Planning Internship at Sasaki and a summer Landscape internship at Payette. At Reed Hilderbrand Isabella is currently working on the framework plan for a Mass Audubon site in Concord, Massachusetts and two residential projects in Texas.