Ronald E. Henderson

  • Professor

Professor Henderson is an international leader in landscape architecture design, history, research, and education. His broad range of current research includes: The Driverless City Project, gardens and contemporary urbanism in China and Japan, arboriculture and horticulture practices, botanical drawing, and landscape-based urbanism. He is the author of The Gardens of Suzhou and numerous articles on landscape architecture and urbanism. His next publication, The Driverless City, focuses on the urban design implications of driverless and autonomous vehicles.

Professor Henderson is invited to lecture frequently with recent talks at Xi'an University of Architecture and Engineering, Nashville Tree Foundation, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Harvard University, Tongji University, Beijing Forestry University, Oslo AHO, ETSAB Barcelona, Chiba University, Boston University, DESIGNxRI, US National Arboretum, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Graham Foundation, among others. He has held previous appointments at Harvard, Pennsylvania State University, Tsinghua University, and Rhode Island School of Design. He is a Senior Fellow of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


B.ARCH., University of Notre Dame
M.ARCH., M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania


World Architect News Wood Building of the Year Award

Harleston Parker Award

American Society of Landscape Architects Rhode Island Chapter Merit Award

American Society of Landscape Architects Rhode Island Chapter Honor Award

Special Mention for European Prize for Urban Public Space

First Prize at Premio Biennial de Arquitectura Argentina

Boston Society of Architects Honor Award


Henderson, Ronald. 2013. The Gardens of Suzhou. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.


Graham Foundation (2018)

Nayar Prize (2015-16)

Professional Activities

Founding Principal and Director of Design at LIRO Landscape Architecture