Faculty-MLA

Rod Barnett is professor and chair of landscape architecture at Washington University. He was recently chair of the graduate program in landscape architecture at Auburn University, and before that held similar positions at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand. He teaches studio and courses in theory, history, and drawing. Barnett earned his PhD from the University of Auckland, where he researched the potential of nonlinear dynamical systems science to inform landscape architectural design and practice. As part of his studies he developed a self-organizing approach to urban development called Artweb, a multidisciplinary design and planning strategy that focuses on marginalized and underutilized urban terrains to create a network of arts and science projects throughout the city. He has written extensively on themes developed from his work in nonlinear design, including re-examinations of historical landscapes such as the sacred groves of ancient Greece, and reinterpretations of art-historical tropes, such as the medieval garden of love. Full bio>>

Michael Allen is a senior lecturer in architecture and landscape architecture, as well as a lecturer in American culture studies in Arts & Sciences. He also directs his own consultancy, the Preservation Research Office, which has undertaken cultural heritage preservation projects in St. Louis and across the Midwest since its founding in 2009. Allen's work encompasses architectural history, cultural geography, historic preservation, and political activism. He practices prefigurative and critical heritage conservation, documenting buildings and cultural landscapes as possible clues to a collective future. His work seeks to reveal the ways in which the built environment encodes hegemonic and oppositional power relationships (political and aesthetic), economic histories, and granular imposition of statecraft. He sees history as space as well as time. Full bio>>

Eric Ellingsen aims to develop collective and individual imaginations through process-oriented work, perception, and action-based research across the fields of landscape architecture, architecture, and art. He founded Species of Space (SOS) in 2009, implementing tools from many different bodies of knowledge to create spatial narratives entangling experimentation and pedagogy as art forms. Through the design of site- and institution-specific works, he advocates for a living-learning agency, which involves growing spatial languages and the ability to translate meanings and values across disciplines. Through the design and choreography of situations, encounters, public art installations, curation, poetry, walks, and performances, Ellingsen seeks to construct alternative ways of perceiving and using public spaces that empower communities and citizens as agents in the design and self-determination of their own spaces, stories, and lives. Full bio>>

Carolyn Gaidis has been a lecturer in landscape architecture at Washington University since 2007. A registered landscape architect and an ISA-certified arborist, she has practiced landscape architecture for 20 years and has worked on projects ranging from a master plan for a new city just outside of Santiago, Chile, to a detailed plaza, landscape, and waterfall design for the Busch Memorial Student Center at Saint Louis University. She is principal in charge at LAND SYSTEMS, LLC, with a firm focus on landscape architecture, urban design, and green infrastructure. The firm's methodology includes detailed site analysis to determine existing conditions physically and socially to assist in making informed design solutions. Full bio>>

Senior lecturer Rick Kacenski has been a faculty member in landscape architecture at Washington University since 2010. A registered landscape architect, he has more than 30 years' experience in site and planting design in settings ranging from gardens in St. Louis to new cities in Asia. His professional approach to landscape architecture is based in his commitment to sustainable and restorative landscapes that heal people and the environment. He employs a knowledge and appreciation of native plant materials and plant communities to enhance each project's environmental and aesthetic quality. Kacenski is a principal with the landscape architectural firm DTLS, Inc. Full bio>>

 

Doug Ladd is a senior lecturer in architecture and landscape architecture at Washington University. As director of conservation science for the Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, he manages science, land management, and conservation real estate activities. Ladd has been involved with fire management and fire ecology, conservation planning, natural area assessment, and ecological management, restoration, and research for more than thirty years, with particular emphasis on vegetation, ecological restoration, and fire ecology. Recent work has concentrated on vegetation and fire ecology of Midwestern prairies and woodlands, the development of assessment and ecological monitoring protocols for terrestrial vegetation, and ecoregional conservation planning. Full bio>>

Jacqueline Margetts is a senior lecturer in landscape architecture. Her specialties include design studio, contemporary landscape architectural design theory, urban landscapes, and environmental design. Margetts is an experienced landscape architect and urban planner with a proven record in outreach scholarship. She has worked with a diverse range of communities in the United States, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and Solomon Islands, where alternatives to normative development practice are essential. She is committed to engaging her students in service learning, especially in underserved communities, and completes these projects by returning useful, well-produced documents to the community, for whom they become an invaluable resource. Full bio>>

Micah Stanek is a lecturer in landscape architecture and architecture. His itinerant landscape architecture practice in St. Louis intersects the frameworks and the tools of the artist, the designer, and the ecologist. His drawings speculate on what can be known by studying the landscape, but the drawings also make room for the unknowable. His sculptures and iPhone photos study the conditions of the legacy city, especially the disconnection of value and the living landscape. The land contains our cultural history and the ecosystem on which we depend, but land becomes reduced to real estate and perpetually reframed as opportunity for urban renewal. Stanek developed an interest in landscape research after working as a docent and farmhand at Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in northern India. He has also worked with SCAPE / Landscape Architecture in New York and MU Architecture in Paris. Full bio>>

Jesse Vogler is an assistant professor of landscape architecture. As an artist and designer, his work sits at the intersection of spatial practices, material culture, and political economy. Drawn to questions that attach themselves to the periphery of architectural production, his projects take on themes of work, law, property, expertise, and perfectibility. Recent projects include a series of exhibits on the administrative landscape with The Center for Land Use Interpretation, a performative land survey with Mildred's Lane, and a site-specific installation at PLAND. Vogler's work has been supported by two Graham Foundation grants and has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the CLUI, the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Full bio>>

Not pictured: senior lecturer Jim Fetterman, lecturer Irene Compadre, and Peter Raven, George Engelmann Professor Emeritus of Botany (courtesy appointment).