Professor Dorothée Imbert is Landscape Architecture Section Head and the Knowlton School’s inaugural Hubert C. Schmidt ’38 Chair. Before coming to Ohio State, she founded and chaired the Master of Landscape Architecture program at Washington University in St. Louis and was an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Imbert has carried out extensive research on landscape modernism with an emphasis on Europe and California. Her publications include the books Food and the City: Histories of Culture and Cultivation (Dumbarton Oaks, 2015), Between Garden and City: Landscape Modernism and Jean Canneel-Claes (Pittsburgh, 2009), Garrett Eckbo: Modern Landscapes for Living, co-authored with Marc Treib (California, 1996, 2005), and The Modernist Garden in France (Yale, 1993), as well as numerous essays and articles. In 2016, she organized the Ohio State symposium “THIS IS A TEST: Landscape as Site for Research” with Sarah Cowles. Imbert currently serves on the committee for the Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.
She was trained as an architect and a landscape architect in Paris and at the University of California at Berkeley, has worked in the office of Peter Walker and Partners, and continues to be engaged in design practice.