Regional & Community Planning
102A Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-5371
I believe in art as a mode of knowledge for landscape architects. This mode combines humanities as a body of knowledge and design as a conceptual art practice. Contemporary art contains many parallels to landscape architecture, including themes of haptic experience, resistance to urban decay, and tension between scientific and tacit knowledge.
I received my MLA from Kansas State University, a BGS with an emphasis in fine arts (sculpture) from Wichita State University, and studied art theory and history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I’ve worked for wages in many creative roles including commercial photo printer, landscape laborer, and seamstress. Each of these roles taught me craft; the same attention to nuance applies within the profession of landscape architecture.
I do not imagine projects by genre. I look for unexpected moments of grace within a site context and seek to reveal these moments through contrast and minimalist regionalism. Before returning to K-State, I worked with an interdisciplinary design firm on streetscapes, large scale parks, and community visioning. More recently, I have done planning and design work for schoolyards, stormwater meadows, manufacturing and military landscapes.
In 2009, I was honored with the McElwee Teaching Award by my peers. In 2011-2012 I served as the Mary K. Jarvis Emerging Faculty of Distinction in Landscape Architecture.
My recent presentations and publications include:
Aesthetics of Landscape Representation: Realism, Abstraction and Kitsch (co-authored with Howard Hahn)
Read this Journal of Landscape Architecture article on-line
Return to the Self: the Nature of the Human Body in Landscape Architecture and Contemporary Art
Landscape and Contemporary Art: Overlap, Relevance, and Disregard
A Grassroots Effort to Renew the Schoolyard: the Learning Garden (co-authored with Jon Hunt and Linda Teener)
The Post-Modern Analytique