Faculty-MLA

Derek Hoeferlin AIA, affiliate ASLA, is an associate professor and chair of the landscape architecture and urban design programs. He teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level multidisciplinary approaches to architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and urbanism, and for such was awarded a Sam Fox School Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010 along with teaching recognitions from the AIA and ACSA. Hoeferlin also is principal of [dhd] derek hoeferlin design, an award-winning, trans-scalar architecture and design practice based in St. Louis. He collaboratively researches integrated water-based design strategies across the Mississippi, Mekong, and Rhine river basins through his design-research project Way Beyond Bigness: A Need for a Watershed Architecture, which is the focus of his forthcoming book (Applied Research + Design Publishers, 2020). Deeply informing his current water-based research, Hoeferlin was co-principal investigator on the water-based design research projects MISI-ZIIBI: Living with the Great Rivers, Climate Adaptation Strategies in the Midwest River Basins (2013-2016, with John Hoal and Dale Morris) and Gutter to Gulf: Legible Water Infrastructure for New Orleans (2008-2012, with Jane Wolff and Elise Shelley). 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>>

Rod Barnett is a research fellow, and served as professor and MLA program chair from 2014-2019. Before coming to Washington University, he served as 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>>

Lecturer L. Irene Compadre is a registered landscape architect and founding principal of Arbolope Studio, an award-winning landscape, urban design, and public art practice based in St. Louis. Arbolope Studio works with a wide range of institutions, corporations, communities, and individuals across the region, including serving as the local partner for Michael Vergason Landscape Architects on Washington University's East End project. Compadre was an inaugural graduate of WashU's MLA program, and also earned her Bachelor of Arts in architecture from WashU. She has a background in musical composition, architecture, sculpture, and scenic art, which inspire her novel approach to the design of landscapes for the 21st century. She teaches Landscape Representation in the MLA program; her innovative representational methods introduce students to freehand and mechanical representation as a means for developing and communicating design ideas. Under her tutelage, students build a basic understanding of orthographic drawing typologies and traditional drawing materials, and develop observational skills, a design vocabulary, basic drawing skills, and the techniques of landscape architecture and architectural representation. 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>>

George Johannes is a senior lecturer in architecture and landscape architecture at Washington University, as well as a faculty advisor in the Sustainability Exchange. Since 2006, his work has focused largely on new and remodeled residential projects. Additionally, he completed a 40,000-square-foot "Clubhouse" project for Independence Center, a day-place facility for social communing for severely mentally ill individuals. His research, analysis, and expert testimony for lawsuits challenging highly restrictive state laws intended to shutdown abortion clinics has been significant in recent years, including the successful U.S. Supreme Court decision in "Whole Women Health v. Hellerstedt (State of Texas)," which overturned their restrictive building code regulations. Throughout Johannes' over 1,000 projects, his attitude toward the object of architectural design has consistently evolved toward a belief that the beauty of architecture should emerge from the elegance, clarity, and correctness of the underlying logic of the design decisions and their implementation. Once the final product emerges, its beauty should emanate from its obvious logical correctness. 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>>

 

Alexandra Mei is a landscape designer with Merritt Chase. Her interests lie in the interpersonal experiences that are informed by our everyday interactions with our surroundings. She believes that design has an exciting responsibility to recognize the power embedded in local landscapes, and to celebrate and share the ways in which they can provide agency and joy. For the past two years, Mei has been studying patterns of weathering and decay in the design of public landscapes, learning from cultures in the United States and in Southeast and East Asia. As part of the Harvard GSD Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship, she learned firsthand how these various cultures engage with their landscapes over time. Additionally, since her time at WashU, Mei has been conducting research on the history of women in design with fellow alum Shira Grosman, and has exhibited this work at both WashU and Harvard GSD. Prior to joining Merritt Chase, Mei worked at Marta Fry Landscape Associates, Surfacedesign, and Gensler. Full bio>>

Lynn Peemoeller is a lecturer in landscape architecture, and a food systems planner. In her work, she utilizes fields of natural sciences, urban planning, policy, agriculture, food, culture, activism, and the arts in a critical social practice. She uses food primarily as an investigation into questions of identity, culture, and place. As a planner, she has worked extensively with farmers and farmers market development. She was at the forefront of the urban agriculture movement in Chicago while working as the urban agriculture liaison to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. She went on to develop her own practice to manage initiatives to support the development of the regional Midwestern food system through urban food policy, market development, and farmer support programs. Peemoeller is on the board of directors for the St. Louis Metro Market, and is currently supported by an artist grant from the Regional Arts Commission for a Supermarket Artist in Residence Project. Full bio>>

Micah Stanek is a lecturer in landscape architecture and architecture. His landscape architecture work examines human ecological systems. He studies how landscapes constitute social and environmental systems, while looking for the ways landscapes conceal and reveal their many dimensions. Stanek explores urban ecology in the absence of human intervention. He stages tests in urban sites to enfranchise social possibilities and multiply ecological interactions. In teaching, he focuses on foundational design studios. He also teaches a seminar on the history of the discipline of landscape architecture. His other teaching specialties are research methods and digital representation. Stanek began designing for film and theater at Northwestern University. He developed an interest in landscape research after working as a docent and a 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. Recently he began a research project at Tyson Research Center to study science gardens, through drawing, and then to design urban research gardens for ecological study and public engagement. Full bio>>

Not pictured: Peter Raven, George Engelmann Professor Emeritus of Botany (courtesy appointment).