[Students producing aerial photographs of the vegetation communities and circulation network in the Tift Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY as part of the LA 7010 "Mud City" graduate research studio.]
I am an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Cornell University. I teach graduate and undergraduate studios at both advanced and beginner levels. My studios build on themes drawn from my research including water infrastructure and public space, as well as exploring, documenting, and speculating on alternative landscape typologies. They also grapple with issues such as the role of community engagement, how to do fieldwork, the importance of labor and maintenance processes in landscape-making, urban frontiers, and environmental justice.
I am currently developing a design research studio for the advanced graduate level. This class employs advanced modes of representation to integrate expertise across a range of disciplines in order to imagine, test, and evaluate speculative propositions. In addition to that studio, I also teach a beginning design studio to freshmen, introducing fieldwork methods including surveying, transects, and aerial photography, as well as modes of representation including scale drawings, 3D modeling, and physical modeling.
In the fall I also teach a graduate seminar on historical and contemporary landscapes and urbanisms of Latin America (LA 6140). This course builds from my America 30:60 research project, which seeks to synthesize landscape studies together with hemispheric studies. Student work in that class is being compiled to create an Atlas of Latin American Landscape.
Lastly, in the spring I teach the core course Site Assembly (LA 3180/6180). This course provides graduates and undergraduates with technical knowledge and conceptual approaches to site technologies and material assemblies and related methods of representation needed to investigate and work out a design idea and communicate design intent for implementation.