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Dorothée Imbert

  • Hubert C. Schmidt '38 Chair and Section Head, Landscape Architecture Section
200D Knowlton Hall
614-292-4075

Dorothée Imbert is the inaugural Hubert C. Schmidt ’38 Chair and head of landscape architecture at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining OSU, Imbert established the Master of Landscape Architecture program at Washington University in St. Louis, taught at Harvard University, and practiced at Peter Walker and Partners. She has lectured and written extensively on landscape modernism. She is the author of the books The Modernist Garden in France, Garrett Eckbo: Modern Landscapes for Living (with Marc Treib), and Between Garden and City: Landscape Modernism and Jean Canneel-Claes, and the editor of the volume Food and the City: Histories of Culture and Cultivation. She is currently finishing the book Landscape Inventories: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste. Imbert has served on numerous boards and juries, including Dumbarton Oaks and the Society of Architectural Historians. In 2016, she organized the international symposium “THIS IS A TEST: Landscape as Site for Research” at Ohio State’s Knowlton School and Wexner Center for the Arts. She continues to engage in research and design practice and recently completed the Square (with Andrew Cruse), a landscape on structure for the Novartis campus in Basel, Switzerland.

Recent Work

The Square, Novartis Campus, Basel, Switzerland
Good Form Studio

The Square, a landscape on structure, sits between office and research buildings by Fumihiko Maki and Rahul Mehrotra and still-functioning production facilities. As such, the Square needs to offer amenities for current employees while anticipating future growth. Across the day and seasons, the landscape presents different experiences. The green ceiling of a dachform quincunx transitions into a transparent pavilion. There, one can sit sheltered from rain and cold while feeling immersed in the garden. Beyond, tall hedge rooms frame the sky, allowing for secluded exterior meeting spaces. A wide deck bisects the Square, functioning as a sunny terrace as well as a pedestrian and bicycle connection between the western side of campus and the Rhine. The project was designed in collaboration with Andrew Cruse.