Alum Robert Gibbs named ASLA Fellow

Originally published: 
June, 2019

Robert Gibbs (MLA '84) was recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as an ASLA Fellow for his exceptional contribution to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Nomination to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honor ASLA bestows. 

Gibbs’ work negotiates the intersection between environmental design and urban retail. His expertise has been sought by some of the most respected architects, mayors, and developers across the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. Over a career that spans more than three decades, he has planned or advised over 500 cities, institutions, and new towns. His book Principles of Urban Retail Planning has become a valuable resource for cities and towns.

For over two decades, Gibbs has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Executive Education Program. He has been recognized for his role in pioneering the programming and planning techniques essential to both the creation of competitive downtown shopping districts and the development of market-based, walkable mixed-use town centers. An acknowledged international innovator and leader, Gibbs has broadened the understanding and respect for landscape architects by the public, real estate industry, and related professionals. Gibbs manages Gibbs Planning Group in Birmingham, Michigan.