Kate Orff, Columbia University / SCAPE: ‘Toward an Urban Ecology’

  • 5.15pm

  • Online

David Skinner Memorial Lecture, delivered by Kate Orff
Columbia University / SCAPE
Author of ‘Toward an Urban Ecology’

In this lecture, ‘Toward an Urban Ecology’ Kate Orff will discuss SCAPE’s approach to landscape design as a form of activism, demonstrating how to move beyond familiar and increasingly outmoded ways of thinking about environmental, urban, and social issues as separate domains. She will show projects and publications that put this approach into action and demonstrate how landscape architecture can effectively visualize and grapple with complex issues such as climate change, habitat loss, and social and environmental inequity.


Kate Orff, RLA, FASLA, is the Founder of SCAPE. She focuses on retooling the practice of landscape architecture relative to the uncertainty of climate change and creating spaces to foster social life, which she has explored through publications, activism, research, and projects. She is known for leading complex, creative, and collaborative work processes that advance broad environmental and social prerogatives. 

In 2019, Kate was elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows; in 2017, she was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship–the first given in the field of landscape architecture. She is the Director of the Urban Design Program and Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at the Columbia University Graduate School for Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP).

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