The presentation will explore aspects of the science, horticulture, planning and design of plant based methods of cleansing polluted landscapes and urban sites. Professor Kirkwood will illustrate the research, teaching and site design practices related to his 2015 award –wining book ‘Phyto’ published by Routledge, London, in collaboration with Kate Kennen ASLA.
Niall Kirkwood is a landscape architect, technologist, architect and tenured Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he has taught full time since 1992. He is also founder and director of the Center for Technology and Environment, a research, advisory, and executive education center at the Harvard GSD. Currently the Center focuses on design reclamation, and land regeneration issues on sites in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Sponsors and institutions include City of Ulsan, Hyundai Corporation, City of Seoul, City of Beijing, Lanxi City, City of Belfast, NI. among others. He holds the Dr Gerard O’Hare Visiting Chair at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and has held faculty appointments at Beijing University, China (Founding Professorship 2016- 2019) Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (Thesis Advisor), Korea University, Seoul, (Visiting Professor, 2010, 2013, 2014) and was on the Advisory Council and External Examiner of Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture, University of Hong Kong (2010-2014). He teaches, carries out research and publishes on a range of topics related to design, the built environment, construction, and the sustainable reuse of land including urban regeneration, landfill and post-mining site reclamation, environmental site technologies, site construction and project management and international site development. His English language publications include Manufactured Sites: Rethinking the Post-Industrial Landscape (Taylor Francis/Routledge). Principles of Brownfield Regeneration (Island Press), PHYTO: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design (Taylor Francis/Routledge), Weathering and Durability in Landscape Architecture (John Wiley) and The Art of Landscape Detail (John Wiley. His publications in other languages include The Art of Landscape Detail (John Wiley) Chinese, Manufactured Sites (Taylor Francis/Routledge) Arabic, Principles of Brownfield Regeneration (Island Press) Korean (2011), Chinese (2014) and Weathering and Durability in Landscape Architecture (John Wiley) Chinese (due 2016). He held the position of Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the GSD (2003-2009), Program Director (1998-2003, 2005-2008) and Advisor, Master of Design Studies Environment Track, (1999-2003). Prior to joining the GSD faculty he was a registered and licensed architect and landscape architect with 16 years of experience in the private sector carrying out land reclamation and urban development projects in Scotland, European Mainland, Middle East, and the United States. Professor Kirkwood was formerly a member of the board of The Clean Land Fund, a non-profit revolving brownfield loan fund based in Rhode Island, and is currently a Board Member of Terra Cura Inc. Boston and is a member of the Harvard University Committee on the Environment and the Harvard Committee on Health and the Global Environment. He holds degrees from the University of Manchester (UK), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA and an honorary degree from Harvard University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland in 2009 for his international contribution to brownfield regeneration practice and education. He has given keynote lectures internationally in the last five years in Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, Russia including the keynote speech for the 2010 IFLA Annual Conference (Suzhou, China) and 2008 IFLA Annual Europe Conference (St Petersburg, Russia) and the upcoming 2016 IFLA Annual Conference in Bangkok, Thailand as well as lectures and seminars in design programs in North America. He has also served on design juries in Israel, Korea and China. He is a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment, the Harvard University Center for the Environment and a member of the faculty steering committee of Harvard Institute for Global Health.