Kate Orff discusses the future of design pedagogy in ‘Designing Landscape Architectural Education’

Sep 13, 2022

InDesigning Landscape Architectural Education: Studio Ecologies for Unpredictable Futures (Routledge, 2022), Founding Principal Kate Orff contributed a conversation with editors Rosalea Monacella and Bridget Keane.

Covering her years of experience directing the Urban Design (MSAUD) program at Columbia University GSAPP, co-founding the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL), and teaching a multi-year studio, Global Cities and Climate Change, that explores the concept of ‘water urbanism’ through 13 global cities, Kate discusses the many intersections between research and practice over the years.

“It is so hard to break out of the frame of the ‘project’ in professional practice,” she says. “That’s where the work at Columbia has been so hugely important. There are missing links between the non-profit and NGO sector, federal and state governments, and private money. The piecemeal approach, the project-by-project basis, is wholly insufficient to address the systems collapse wrought by a century of carbon-driven development.”

Read the full conversation here.

Orff, K., Monacella, R., & Keane, B. (2022). Designing Landscape Architectural Education: Studio Ecologies for Unpredictable Futures. New York: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Designing-Landscape-Architectural-Education-Studio-Ecologies-for-Unpredictable/Monacella-Keane/p/book/9780367703653