Adam Anderson

Design Critic in Landscape Architecture

Adam E. Anderson is a registered landscape architect and Founder/Principal of DESIGN UNDER SKY, an award-winning collaborative Landscape Architecture Studio in Providence RI, with several recent projects, including the National ASLA Honor Award receiving 10,000 Suns, the Living Edge, and the Roger Williams Park Gateway that have contributed to the transformation of the Urban Landscape of Providence and beyond.

His work negotiates with the ever-changing landscape by understanding the unique phenomenological qualities and cultural influences inherent in a site, and then deploying interventions to embrace, reveal, and often embellish these qualities. “Nature” is abstracted in our projects, culminating in a celebration of wonder found in both the technological and ecological. He continues to maintain several of his projects in the city, viewing maintenance as a “sculptural act”, and redefining the role of “weeds” as a collaborative partner in re-wilding spaces in the city.

He received his Master’s in Landscape Architecture (MLA II) from the Rhode Island School of Design where he was an Olmsted Scholar and Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. He has taught at RISD since 2014. In 2021 he was inducted into the DESIGNXRI Hall of Fame as an emerging designer. Adam also serves on the board of the Downtown Providence Parks Network as well as PVD World Music Organization.