Landscape Architect Receives 2017 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

LAKate Orff is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow.  One of twenty-four of this year’s fellowship recipients, from a variety of disciplines, they’ll be better known for having received a MacArthur “Genius Grant”.  Her work focuses on “designing adaptive and resilient urban habitats and encouraging residents to be active stewards of the ecological systems underlying our built environment.”

Kate received a B.A. (1993) from the University of Virginia and an M.L.A. (1997) from Harvard University, and is author of Toward an Urban Ecology (2016) and co-editor of Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (2011). She is the founder of SCAPE and is an associate professor and director of the Urban Design Program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.

As founding principal of SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design studio, Orff’s work ranges from large-scale coastal infrastructure initiatives to the design of city parks, as well as book-length publications, museum exhibitions, and self-guided podcast tours that invite city dwellers to explore the natural histories of their regions.

Dr. Doug Johnston, Chair of ESF’s Landscape Architecture program, is hosting John Donnelly, Technical Principal of SCAPE at 5:15 PM, Thursday, October 12, 2017 in 409 Marshall Hall (on the ESF campus).

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy


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