Kristi Cheramie is an associate professor of landscape architecture at the Knowlton School. Her research emerges from a curiosity about how the peculiarities of a place – a landscape, a culture, a community – manifest in design decisions. Using speculation as a tool to reconstruct the historical systems, scales, and materials that comprise place, she looks to design to reveal the interconnections between story, memory, ground, and time. Her work, largely based in fieldwork, tracks patterns of adaptability and transformation in the landscape, particularly efforts aimed at mitigating or eliminating change.
Cheramie’s work has been widely recognized, including the 2016-2017 Prince Charitable Trusts/Kate Lancaster Brewster Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture and EDRA Place Research Awards in 2008 and 2011 for work on rural landscapes in central California and coastal Louisiana. In 2011, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cheramie led an interdisciplinary team in the documentation of Louisiana coastal communities compromised by land loss, sea level rise and competing industrial interests. More recently, Cheramie led one of three winning teams in Future Ground, an international design competition hosted by the Van Alen Institute. Her interdisciplinary team developed long-range, flexible design and policy strategies for vacant land in New Orleans and Lima, Ohio, transforming long-abandoned landscapes into resources for the current and future city.
Cheramie is currently finishing a book on the urban ecologies of Rome, forthcoming from Routledge in 2017 and will be exploring a speculative extension of this work while at the American Academy in Rome, beginning Autumn 2016.
Prior to joining the Knowlton School faculty, Cheramie was an associate professor of landscape architecture at Louisiana State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley.