Emerging Voices winner profile

Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Stoss)

Stoss | Bass River Park, Dennis, MA. Image courtesy Stoss

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices program spotlights North American architects, landscape architects, and urban designers who have significant bodies of realized work and the potential to influence their field.

Stoss won a 2008 award.

Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Stoss) is a Boston-based landscape architecture, planning, and urbanism studio led by Chris Reed. Stoss seeks to “thicken” the landscape in its design and planning ideas and strategies known as landscape urbanism. Emphasizing a “performance-based approach over one that is primarily physical, spatial, or visual,” Stoss asks how landscapes work: “how they function urbanistically, socially, hydrologically, environmentally; how they reinforce existing city frameworks and how they invent new ones; and how they may support a range of complementary and sometimes contradictory civic programs and uses.”

Recent and current projects and proposals include Bass River Park on Cape Cod; Fox Riverfront in Green Bay, WI; Lower Don Lands in Toronto; and Safe Zone at the International Garden Festival at Grand-Metis, Quebec.

Stoss has been a finalist in numerous competitions, has won awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Boston Society of Architects, and was a runner-up for Metropolis magazine’s Next Generation Prize. It has been featured in AB/Architecture Boston, Architectural Record, Metropolis, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Praxis.

Chris Reed received his AB in urban studies from Harvard College and his MLA from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lectures at the University of Pennsylvania.