Susan Herrington

Assistant Professor
MLA, Harvard University
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Susan Herrington is Professor and Chair of the landscape architecture program. She teaches in the landscape architecture, environmental design, and architecture programs. She regularly teaches histories of landscape architecture, theories in landscape architecture, vertical studios, and core studios. She leads studios that investigate contested landscapes, including landscapes for risk, and seminars that explore the competing ideas underpinning modernism versus postmodernism.

Susan is a licensed landscape architect in the United States and consults professionally in Canada and the US. Her research concerns design theories of contemporary landscape architecture, including theories regarding children’s landscapes. She received a 2015 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for her book, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape. She has conducted research with funding from the Graham Foundation, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and in Germany with support from the German Academic Exchange and in Cambridge as a visiting researcher at Harvard University. In 2011, Susan received a UBC Killam Faculty Fellowship. She is currently the newsletter editor of the Society of Architectural Historians Landscape History Chapter, and she served as Chapter president from 2011 to 2013.

Susan has published chapters in books such as Women, Modernity, and Landscape Architecture (Sonja Duempelmann and John Beardsley, editors, 2015), Managing the Unknown(Frank Uekötter and Uwe Lüb, editors, 2014), The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies (Peter Howard, Ian Thompson, and Emma Waterton, editors, 2013), The Right to Landscape: Contesting Landscapes and Human Rights (Shelley Egoz, Jala Makhzoumi and Gloria Pungetti, editors, 2011), Festival, Hybrids: Reshaping the Contemporary Garden in Métis(Lesley Johnstone, editor, 2007), Contemporary Garden Aesthetics (Michel Conan, editor, 2007), and Eating Architecture (Jamie Horwitz and Paulette Singley, editors, 2004). She has written articles for professional magazines such as Architecture-QuébecLandscape PaysagesLandscape Architecture, and the Italian publication Costruire and academic journals, such as the Journal of Landscape ArchitectureLandscape JournalLandscape Research, the Journal Architecture Preservation Technology, and Children, Youth, and Environments. She also led the Seven Cs guidelines, which have been used in communities throughout the world.

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Exploratory Workshops, Susan Herrington, 2002

Susan Herrington

This workshop explores maps from four distinct but overlapping viewpoints. Mapping is a fundamental component of human cognition; it is a representational medium that both has a history and is part of the practice of history; it is a mode of spatial thinking and a reflection of cultural norms that are externalized in the design and use of space; and mapping lies at the interface between technology and human cognition and action. While there is now an established body of research on maps, scholars have yet to consider the relationships between all four viewpoints and what can be learned about each viewpoint by taking the others.

"Maps: Here, Then and Now" brings a team of nine international experts in philosophy, geography, history, architecture, landscape architecture, and information theory together with top researchers at UBC whose work touches on aspects of mapping. This collaboration is designed to launch the next generation of research on maps, their fundamental role in human thought and action, and their associated technologies.

Early Career Scholars, Susan Herrington, 2001

Susan Herrington

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