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Landscape + History + Theory

 

Assistant Professor

Co-Director, Master of Science in Architecture

Center for Architecture, Science, and Ecology

Coordinator, Cities & Territories

School of Architecture

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research  Assistants

2021

Caterina Guozden

Madeline MacDonald

Brianda Valerio

Betzy Pillco-Plaza

Nathanael Musera

2020

Gina Bernotsky

Allen Bell

Nathanael Musera

Andrew Martin

Samantha Krumbhaar

Sara Cimino

2019, 2018

Madeline MacDonald

Gina Bernotsky

Allen Bell

Nathanael Musera

Rachael DiChristina

Allyson Tan

Tricia Huang

Jonah Fields

2024

Gina Bernotsky

Alan Rosas

Menna Abotaleb

2023

Gina Bernotsky

Amy Lin

Christopher Elias

Menna Abotaleb

Kate Sikkema

2022, 2021

Alexa Drumm

              • • • Landscapes, History, Theory, Design, Research • • •

As an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, I specialize in interdisciplinary coursework that bridges the allied fields of Landscape and Architecture. My research draws from environmental ethics, psychology, and philosophy to explore architecture as a cultural and environmental practice. 

My research centers environmental ethics, environmental psychology, philosophy, and human geography. I am interested in exploring the history and philosophies of science, technology, and design to examine how architecture plays a conscious role in cultural production and the creation of new practices for engaging with environments. Additionally, I enjoy speculative world-building projects that envision "landscape-machine" relationships, where landscapes generate architecture and architecture gives rise to new forms of landscape and environmental relationships.

I am interested in understanding the emotional impact that environmental imagery and representation has on our relationships to, upon, and within the world. I explore the power and potential of storytelling to unveil new perspectives on environmental aesthetics in order to reveal the ethics of our relations to the 'other,' especially the nonhuman and marginalized groups. This work aims to inspire hope and generate new imagination about the future of landscapes, ecologies, and forming uplifting, healing, and positive social reparations.

My work is inspired and motivated by the work of a number of individuals, friends, and colleagues, including Ed Eigen, Evan Douglis, Rhett Russo, Mae-ling Lokko, Elaine Stokes, Andreea Vasile Hoxha, Rawan Al Saffar, Weaam Al Abdullah, Jeremy Kamal Hartley, Hannah Gaengler, William Virgil, Samantha Solano, Alberto deSalvatierra, Zannah Matson, Susan Herrington, Lorraine Daston, Chris Perry and Cathryn Dwyer, Max Liboiron, Octavia E. Butler, Ray Bradbury, Ursula le Guin -- and others.

Thank you.


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Assistants

 

Adso, 4 years

since 2020

 

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Pickles, 10 years

since 2014

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Master of Landscape Architecture, with honors and distinctions
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude, with honors
Continuing Education
Sci-Arc
Making & Meaning, with distinction
MIT
Ancient Future Technology, Former Publications Editor
Memberships & Affiliations

ACLU               AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION

                           Los Angeles + New York Chapters

ACSA              AMERICAN COLLEGIATE SCHOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE

 

                         AMERICAN LITTORAL SOCIETY

ASEH              AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORIANS

 

                         DIGITALFUTURES

                         https://www.digitalfutures.world/

HRWA            HUDSON RIVER WATERSHED ALLIANCE 

                        Board Member 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

LRG                 LANDSCAPE RESEARCH GROUP

                         Member ID: 477

 

NAACP         NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE

                       National + Troy Chapters

                       National Membership ID: M-00071740

NOMA         NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MINORITY ARCHITECTS

                      Allied Professional Membership

ORCID        OPEN RESEARCHER AND CONTRIBUTOR ID Network

                      Member ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8516-0035

 

SAH           SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

 

SURJ          SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

 

                    THE ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE OF NEW YORK

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