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John Christopher Moyles

March 10, 2018
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Moyles, John Christopher, Landscape Architect


March 10, 2018 John Christopher Moyles died unexpectedly while skiing in Stowe, Vermont. He was with his son, and close family friends. He was 56 years old.


Chris had a love of life and was dedicated to his family, his friends and his profession of Landscape Architecture.  His positive attitude and commitment to his community were inspirational to all and will have a lasting impact on all who knew him. 


Chris was born and raised in Williamsburg, VA, is a graduate of Walsingham Academy, Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a BS in Plant Biology and the University of Virginia School of Architecture where he received his Masters in Landscape Architecture.


A passionate designer and craftsman, Chris worked tirelessly to enhance the public realm, enrich the profession, and deepen society’s awareness of landscape architecture. Chris was a Principal and Partner at Reed Hilderbrand, where he practiced for 18 years. His career began at the firms of Morgan Wheelock and Child Associates.


He left his mark on our environment in nationally recognized projects, including Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY; the Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL; and Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX. Locally his significant works include planning and design projects at Phillips Academy Andover, Groton School and throughout Boston’s Seaport District. His works demonstrate a meticulous and conceptually rigorous joining of art, science, beauty, and durability in practice.


He is the recipient of many awards, including the American Society of Landscape Architects and Boston Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence for Design.  Earlier this year the Boston Society of Landscape Architects elected Chris to be its president. He had great aspirations for the Society and was highly respected in the design community in Boston.


Chris was a sports and outdoors enthusiast. He was a Belmont basketball league coach, enjoyed playing golf with his son Clay, camping with Clay’s Boy Scout troop, and hiking with family and friends in New England. He was a dedicated fan of the Washington Redskins and the University of Virginia Football and Basketball teams.


Surviving him are his wife, Carol Brower Moyles and​ son, Thomas Clayton ​“Clay” Moyles, his parents Thomas and Trudy Moyles from Williamsburg, VA, and in-laws Clayton and Dorothy Brower from Sun City, AZ. 


A Memorial ​Mass will be conducted at 10:30 am, Saturday March 17, 2018 at St. Joseph Parish 130 Common Street, Belmont, MA. Friends and family are welcome.


In honor of his strong interest in mentoring future ​landscape architects, gifts in Chris’ memory can be made supporting two organizations close to his heart: the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Foundation and the University of Virginia School of Architecture Department of Landscape Architecture. Checks should be made to the “UVA School of Architecture Foundation” with the memo, “in memory of Chris Moyles” and sent to: UVA Gift Processing Services, PO Box 400331,Charlottesville, VA 22904-4331. Gifts can be made at www.giving.virginia.edu/architecture and please note “In memory of Chris Moyles”. Gifts to the BSLA Fund can be made at BSLAFund.org.


A celebration and remembrance of Chris is being planned for September 2018, and will be announced in the near future.  


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