Jennifer Toy



Bachelor of Arts, History and Science cum laude, Harvard College Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard GSD Master of Urban Planning, Harvard GSD

Trained in landscape architecture and urban planning, Jen has committed her career to participatory design and community-based development. Her experience has taught her that when designers act as visionaries, facilitators and bridge-builders between residents and governments, they can create true change. She believes that transformative design is beautiful, collaborative and placed-based. Her approach as a practitioner pairs a deep knowledge of living systems and project delivery with expertise in co-design processes and social capacity building.

Jen co-founded the international nonprofit Kounkuey Design Initiative and has practiced at the firms OLIN, Reed Hilderbrand, and Sasaki. Her work as been recognized by MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award (with KDI), the Atlantic Renewal Award (with KDI), the Curry Stone Design Prize (with KDI), the Living Cities Design Competition (with OLIN), the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (with Kate Kennen), and the New York Prize for Public Architecture (with Chelina Odbert). She is a registered landscape architect in the state of California.

Currently Teaching
  • 642
    Landscape Architecture Design
    Landscape Architecture Design

    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 542abL

    This course is an option research studio that tackles questions integral to the current practice of landscape architecture. Options offer diversity in scale, scope and geography, often with international possibilities. Opportunities for collaboration with other disciplines in the school (including Architecture and Heritage Conservation) are sometimes offered at this level. The expectation for this course is students have developed skills and values that ensure more self-direction in research and design development, culminating in a diversity of final proposals. 

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