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Landscape Architecture Faculty


Timothy Baird

Chair and Professor
Timothy Baird, FASLA, PLA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell
University. He previously held tenure track positions at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is Professor Emeritus, and Texas Tech University; at these institutions, he taught design, design implementation, analog representation, and the history of landscape architecture beyond Modernism. Baird’s research focuses on three areas: material expression in the designed landscape since the Modern era, environmental art and designed landscapes that were commissioned in land reclamation contexts, and the revitalization of urban vacancies through the design of ecologically performative landscapes. Before entering academia in a fulltime capacity, he practiced landscape architecture for 25 years on both coasts of the United States and in the Middle East with a variety of firms including Peter Walker and Partners, Hanna/Olin, Ltd., Hargreaves Associates, Collins DuTot Partnership, and Kuwaiti Engineers Office. During this time, he held part time or visiting teaching positions at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Louisiana State University.

Professor Baird’s writing and drawings have been published in Scape’ Dossier, Critiques of Built Works of
Landscape Architecture, Garten und Landschaft, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Landscape Design,
Landscape Review, Ecological Design and Planning, Landscape Journal, and Terry Farrell: Urban Design
covering a diverse range of topics. He has lectured at several universities including Harvard, UVA, UC Berkeley, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Manitoba, LSU, Purdue, University of Colorado, Colorado State, Arkansas, Auburn, SUNY ESF, Lisbon University, University of Buffalo, Ohio State, Clemson, Rutgers, and Chulalongkorn University and he has served as guest critic for studio reviews at Harvard, Penn, UVA, Penn State, Lisbon University, Boston Architectural Center, Carnegie Mellon, RISD, University of California Berkeley, and LSU. In 2018 he delivered keynote lectures at the Atmosphere 10 Symposium at University of Manitoba and the Landscape Days Symposium at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). In 2019 he participated in the Idea of Design Education Symposium at Shanghai Jiao Tong University as a panelist and a panel moderator along with Martha Schwartz, James Hayter, and Niall Kirkwood. Baird was a member of the 2020 School Prize jury for the International Landscape Biennial in Barcelona.

His most recent honors and awards include induction into the American Society of Landscape Architects
(ASLA) Council of Fellows in 2018, a 2015 Dumbarton Oaks Summer Fellowship to continue his material
research, a 2015 Stuckeman Endowed Professorship in Interdisciplinary Design at Penn State, a 2015 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award - Senior Level, and he was one of 32 Knight Cities Challenge grant winners in 2015 to implement a prototype plant nursery on vacant land in Philadelphia. In 2008, Baird presented the keynote lecture, “Herbert Bayer and the Art of Reclamation” at the 25th anniversary celebration of artist Herbert Bayer’s internationally renowned Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks in Kent, Washington, and was featured in a place for people, a documentary film about the anniversary of the earthwork. He was appointed the Richard W. Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture of the Ohio State University in winter 2008.

In addition to his teaching and scholarly pursuits, Baird has practiced landscape architecture since 2004 as an Adjunct Principal with the award-winning critical practice, Landworks Studio, Inc. in Boston, a firm that has been nominated three times for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. While with Landworks Studio, he has played a leading role in developing the evolving body of work that reflects a commitment to proto-urban, strategic renewal efforts with aggressive ecological agendas in the design and implementation of several projects including the LEED Gold Macallen Building, Boston’s first LEED certified residential building and subject of the documentary film, The Greening of Southie by Bullfrog films, the LEED Platinum Blackstone Power Plant Renovation on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, and the LEED Gold 200 5tth Avenue project in New York City, winner of the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Design Honor Award, New York Chapter American Institute of Architects (AIA) Merit Award, featured in the April 2010 issue of Metropolis Magazine, and was on the cover of the September 2012 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Timothy Baird received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University, where he previously served on the Director’s Advisory Council, and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Valerie Aymer

Associate Professor of Practice
Valerie Aymer is a licensed landscape architect and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She has practiced for over 18 years in Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia working with the international design firms, EDAW, EDSA, and AECOM. Prior to joining Cornell, she was the AECOM Design Lead for Construction Administration on the World Trade Center projects. She joined the faculty in 2015 and teaches several technical courses including site engineering. She is the author of Landscape Grading – A Study Guide for the LARE, a part of the ASLA Diversity Summit program, and a Cornell Botanic Gardens Faculty Fellow.
Sherene Baugher
An historic archaeologist and preservationist, Sherene Baugher is Director of the Cornell’s Inter-college and Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program. She is active both in archaeological and cultural landscape research. She consults with local, state and national government agencies and American Indian Nations on the preservation of archaeological sites, sacred sites, and cultural landscapes.

Jennifer Birkeland

Assistant Professor
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 8OLIN, 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. 
Josh Cerra

Joshua Cerra

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor Cerra has practiced as a designer and ecologist for over 25 years combined. His work investigates relationships between urban ecosystems, communities and site development processes, and their implications for climate-adaptive design and urban ecological design. His design studio-based efforts have received award recognition from the national American Society of Landscape Architects, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and Cornell University.
A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, trained in landscape architecture and Mediterranean archaeology, Kathryn Gleason addresses the question of design and design process in landscape architectural history and classical archaeology. At the same time, she brings a unique perspective to contemporary design teaching and discourse, asking students and colleagues to consider the extant and often fragmentary archaeologies and memories of past landscapes that make up every site on which a landscape architect works.

Maria Goula

Associate Professor
Maria Goula is considered an expert in Mediterranean semiarid ordinary landscapes, a term she coined in her doctoral thesis, where she investigated how a particular application of design traditions in combination with conventional environmental values and practices have excluded certain kind of dynamic landscapes, such as torrents. 

Martin Hogue

Associate Professor
Martin Hogue is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University. Trained as an architect and landscape architect, he brings an extensive teaching background with a focus on issues of site and design representation. His research and drawings have been displayed in solo exhibits at over 25 venues across the United States, including The Ohio State University, the Parsons School of Design and the Urban Center in New York, the University of Southern California and the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Hogue's research has appeared in 306090, Bracket, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Landscape Journal, Landscript, Places and the Journal of Architectural Education, among others. His book Thirtyfour Campgrounds was published at The MIT Press in November 2016.
Zaneta Hong

Zaneta Hong

Assistant Professor
Zaneta Hong is an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture. Trained as a landscape architect and industrial designer, her teaching and research focus centers on material ecologies, landscape technologies and sustainable practices. Prior to her arrival at Cornell, she worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Virginia, and University of Texas in Austin. Her work has been recognized by the Graham Foundation and Environmental Design Research Association, and she was recently awarded the 2018-19 Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship, MacDowell Fellowship and Certificate of Teaching Excellence by the Derek Bok Center. Her ongoing research has appeared in numerous publications including Innovations in Landscape Architecture, Living Systems: Innovative Materials & Technologies for Landscape Architecture, International Journal of Interior Architecture & Spatial Design, and Journal of Landscape Architecture. In addition to teaching, Zaneta is the Co-Director of Alterior Office and a Research + Design Consultant for GA Collaborative.

Jamie Vanucchi

Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Jamie's research has a local and regional focus, with an emphasis on New York State urban areas and water systems and the Susquehanna watershed. She studies and designs novel ecologies and land-based infrastructures (e.g. soils, forests) that perform work for cities with minimal or alternative inputs.

Anne Weber

Assistant Professor
Anne Weber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University. Her current research examines rural landscapes of production, conservation and extraction, and applies novel digital tools and documentary methods to unpack the histories, policies, management protocols, and communities that shape them.