Email: B.Prezelj@sms.ed.ac.uk

Programme: Landscape Architecture - MPhil/PhD

Start date: September 2020

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Urgency Felt: Landscape Practices of the Event

Barbara Prezelj is a landscape architect, designer and researcher. She is currently in the first year of her PhD which explores landscape’s qualitative metrics – she is interested in the area of performative aesthetics and in an "encounter between thought and that which forces it into action". Her thesis rearticulates the relationship between the aesthetic and the political through a landscape (design) lens, combining recent developments in landscape theory, cognitive sciences, political and literary theory and cultural geography with case studies, long-term fieldwork and mapping exercises.

Prior to starting her PhD, Barbara received a MSc in Landscape Architecture from TU Delft, the Netherlands (2016) and a BSc in Landscape Architecture from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2013). Her MSc graduation project ‘Unfamiliar Territory: Approaching Posthuman Landscapes’ won Archiprix Nederland 2018 Second Prize. Barbara has previously taught theory seminars at TU Delft and  worked professionally as a landscape architect in London, Amsterdam and Ljubljana.

Barbara Prezelj's PhD research project explores landscape’s qualitative metrics – she is interested in the area of performative aesthetics and in an "encounter between thought and that which forces it into action". Her thesis investigates the conceptual prerequisites behind practices of uncritically integrating ecology into the urban and rearticulates the relationship between the aesthetic and the political through a landscape (design) lens.

The working hypothesis of her study is that problematizing contemporary ecological design perspectives that rely on the political to be reinjected back into the landscape agenda by the sole agency of human reason and shifting focus to the persuasive power of aesthetics within reason itself, may lead to a different conception of spatial intervention and landscape experience than the one presently dominating the realm of sustainable landscape design.