MICHAEL LEE

Reuben M. Rainey Professor in the History of Landscape Architecture

Education: Harvard University, PhD; Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture; Texas A & M University, BSLA


Michael Lee served from 2009 to 2012 as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, administered by the Trustees for Harvard University in Washington, DC. His research focuses on ideological constructions of nature at the intersection of philosophy, litera­ture, and landscape design. He has a special interest in European garden history (particularly in 18th–20th-century Germany) and has lectured around the country and in Germany on the subject.

Lee is the author of The German “Mittelweg”: Garden Theory and Philosophy in the Time of Kant (2007), co-editor with Mirka Beneš of Clio in the Italian Garden: Twenty-First-Century Studies in Historical Methods and Theoretical Perspectives (2011), and co-editor with Kenneth I. Helphand of Technology and the Garden (2014). His latest projects include a study of landscape infrastructure in the design work of Peter Joseph Lenné (1789–1866) and an analysis of landscape and gender in Weimar modernism.

Lee has previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Connecticut College. He has also lectured at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the Stiftung Fürst-Pückler-Park Bad Muskau, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Trained as a landscape archi­tect and historian, he received an MLA and a PhD in landscape architecture from Harvard University and a BSLA from Texas A&M University.