John Kett ASLA

Managing Principal

John Kett is a Partner and Managing Principal of Reed Hilderbrand, where he has directed the practice’s work on diverse commissions, including Boston’s Franklin Park; New Orleans Museum of Art’s expanded Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden; and Marshcourt, the remarkable chalk-stone country seat, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, in Hampshire, England. A proponent of landscape architecture as a medium of multidisciplinary collaboration, John has and continues to work intimately with architects, artists, historians, and scientists. He previously led Reed Hilderbrand’s work on landscapes for notable new cultural buildings in the United States, such as the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. John’s passion for the economic, social, and personal dimensions of practice has inspired his leadership of Reed Hilderbrand’s studio culture and informs its ethos. As Managing Principal, he focuses equally on the design of firm itself as on individual commissions. John holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor in English from the University of Virginia. UVA School of Architecture appointed John their 2020 Porter Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture, welcoming him to lecture and teach an options studio on the past, present, and future of Boston’s Franklin Park. He also serves as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board, UVA School of Architecture, through 2022.