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Jamie Vanucchi


Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies

454 Kennedy
(607) 255-9082

Research Focus

Jamie is interested in the role of design research as a complement to scientific research. Her research is situated within the region, with an emphasis on New York State, NY's Great Lakes, and the Susquehanna watershed. Jamie's research focuses on the role of uncertainty in design related primarily to floodplains and climate change. She studies and designs novel ecologies and land-based infrastructures (e.g. soils, forests) that perform work with minimal or alternative inputs.

Teaching Focus

This is an especially compelling time for the discipline of landscape architecture, when we have powerful technical tools and access to data that allow us to grapple with complex landscape design problems involving cross-scale analyses and projecting change through time. Tying this abstract information back to the material, poetic and experiential qualities of landscape is the crux of landscape architecture. My teaching asks students to model landscape systems, field sample soil and test it, wade into waters to measure creek geomorphology, translate real time data from field sample sites, represent landscape dynamics, and design landscape interventions as experiments.

Awards and Honors

  • CALS Young Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2019) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award (2019) Cornell University
  • Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Award for Excellence in Design Studio Teaching, Junior Level (2018) Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Vanucchi, J. L. (2015). Crossing the Line. Scenario Journal.
  • Davis, B., & Vanucchi, J. L. (2014). "Urban Forest as Landscape Artifact". Scenario Journal. 04.

Presentations and Activities

  • Positioning Design Research for an Uncertain Future. CELA Annual Meeting. March 2019. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. Sacramento, CA.
  • Community Floodplains along the Susquehanna River: Disturbance and Uncertainty as drivers for design. Adapting Buildings for Climate Change. October 2018. SUNY at Buffalo and NYSERDA. Albany, NY.
  • New Natures and novel landscapes. Annual meeting of the American Assoc of Geographers. April 2017. AAG. Boston, MA.
  • "Mean vs. Green: Fracking and Hydropower in the Susquehanna River Basin". Landscape Architecture as Necessity. September 2016. USC School of Architecture. Los Angeles, CA.
  • “Designing with novelty and uncertainty: challenges for the Anthropocene”. American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. March 2016. American Assoc of Geographers. San Francisco, CA.
  • Drawing for Disclosure: assembling an understanding of hydraulic fracturing in the Susquehanna Watershed”,. Conference of Educators in Landscape Architecture. March 2016. CELA. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Sharing Rivers to Save Them. 10th Annual Susquehana River Symposium. November 2015. Bucknell University. Lewisburg, PA.