Biography / CV
I am a Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture and a recently graduated Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Architecture and Urban Development at Cornell University. I hold a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Swarthmore College. I have taught landscape architectural design, representation, and theory at California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo and University of Detroit Mercy, as well as at Cornell. My work has been published in Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, The Next American City, and Crit – Journal of the AIAS. As a designer I have worked for CMG Landscape Architecture, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, and various San Francisco-based landscape architecture firms.
As a landscape theorist, historian, designer, and teacher, I investigate the representational practices through which designers envision environmental relationships at urban and infrastructural scales, focusing on how such practices engage broader cultural understandings of cities, natures, technologies, and power. In my dissertation, “Envisioning Environments: Designs for Urban US Freeways, 1956-1968,” I articulate urban designers’ efforts to reveal the environmental effects of freeway infrastructures, drawing on Science and Technology Studies frameworks to analyze the political and disciplinary ramifications of design methods and techniques. In urban freeway proposals designers engaged public controversies and political movements in myriad ways, often manifesting tensions between experiential and quantitative models that continue to be debated by designers, planners, and city dwellers today. A recent article in the Journal of Design History, “Drawing Natures: US Highway Location, Representational Techniques and the Rise of Ecological Design,” closely analyzes two such freeway designs in order to elucidate the substantive roles of drawing technique and design method in defining human/nature relationships.
This website is a partial, evolving record of my work: at present, it contains just a handful of representative projects. If you would like to know about some aspect of my work that is not represented in detail here, please get in touch; I’d be delighted to send more information.