Jennifer Birkeland is a licensed landscape architect in the state of New York, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a LEED accredited professional. She is the co-founder of the design practice, op-AL, a multidisciplinary studio in Brooklyn, New York and studies the relationships between optics, landscape and architecture in their work. The office approaches design problems by exploring the oppositions established by the vantage points of our two disciplines of focus, resulting in design solutions that strive to disintegrate the subject-object relationship conventionally established between Landscape + Building. Jennifer has worked with internationally renowned offices such as West 8, OLIN, and Ken Smith Workshop, working on a wide range of projects including several national design competitions for the National Parks Service, including the winning design entry for the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater in Washington DC.
The Office of Engagement Initiatives has awarded $1,307,580 in Engaged Curriculum Grants to 25 teams of faculty and community partners that are integrating community engagement into majors and minors across the university.
Winners of the DL&W Corridor International Design Ideas Competition
Aug 14, 2019
“The Verdant Vein” was designed by team ‘Echo’ which is comprised of four master students in the field of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, including Lingyi Xu, Zhuohan Xie, Zhuojia Lou, Zikun Zhang (Entry #0770) won an honorable mention and were advised by Associate Professor Maria Goula and Assistant Professor Jamie Vanucchi.
Professor Cerra will be a presenter during Design Week Portland on Monday evening, April 7 from 6-9pm during the panel Creative Design Solutions for Community, Infrastructure and Environment: An Evening with Michael Singer and Friends. He will speak about the Climate-adaptive Design studio and efforts to catalyze awareness and action on climate change in municipalities in the Hudson River Estuary north of NYC. By working with municipal and community stakeholders on their vision for a future waterfront in their city through an engaged design process, the Climate-adaptive Design studio is helping communities move forward on planning for climate change now for the benefit of their citizens and the greater ecology. More information about the panel discussion and participants can be found at Design Portland.
Associate Professor Joshua Cerra’s Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) studio has worked since 2015 to link flood-prone Hudson River municipalities with Cornell University landscape architecture students to envision more climate-resilient and connected waterfront areas. Now a new Request for Proposals seeks proposals from design firms to work with one of these cities to move climate-adaptive design ideas into design development. Link to the RFP here.
Gift from Steven E. Lefton, PLA, BSLA ’94 will allow Department of Landscape Architecture to fund experiential learning activities for students.
Professor Emeritus Herbert Gottfried Publishes "Eerie Railway Tourist: 1854-1886, Transporting Visual Culture"
Dec 3, 2018
We are very excited to announce the release of Professor Gottfried's new book, "Eerie Railway Tourist: 1854-1886, Transporting Visual Culture" from Lehigh University Press. The book explores how the Erie Railway, in developing a series of sophisticated travel guides, made significant contributions to nineteenth-century visual culture and shaped the social life of Americans. In the words of Professor Gottfried, "This book is dedicated to the Cornell University students who enrolled in the course 'The American Landscape'. Your good work helped to round out my view of the subject one square mile at a time."
Julian Raxwrothydelivered a lecture in the department on October 26th. The lecture concentrated on the landscape medium of gardens, with emphasis on ways he believes plant growth patterns need to be understood within landscape architecture. He explores this topic in depth in his new book from MIT Press, Overgrown. The entire lecture is available for streaming on YouTube.
Michael R. Van Valkenburgh '73 and his wife, Caroline, endowed the annual memorial lecture in honor of the late Marvin I. Adleman, professor emeritus of landscape architecture. A landscape architect will be invited to campus to meet with students and give a public lecture about his or her work.