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Forbes Lipschitz

  • Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture Section
276 Knowlton Hall
614-688-2665

Forbes Lipschitz is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Knowlton School. She teaches both studio and seminar courses in landscape planning, geographic information systems, and representation. As a faculty affiliate for the Initiative in Food and AgriCultural Transformation, her current research investigates the potential of design to improve the social and ecological dynamics of conventional working landscapes. She has been awarded teaching and research grants from the LSU Office of Research and Development, the Coastal Sustainability Studio, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts. Her professional experience in landscape architecture has spanned a range of public, private, and infrastructural work, including a multi-year installation at Les Jardins de Metis. She received her Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelors of the Arts from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Recent Work

On the Pond: Catfish Farming in the Delta

Delta Cultural Center

On the Pond: Catfish Farming in the Delta represents the context and ecology of catfish farming in the Deep South through illustrative, informative, and regionally specific landscape representations. Catfish farms are located principally in the Delta, an arc of alluvial bottomland bounded by the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers that has been labeled by many as “the most southern place on earth.” Home to some of the richest agricultural land in the United States, the Delta is also an important ecoregion for migrating and wintering waterfowl along the Mississippi Flyway. As historic wetlands continue to diminish, catfish farming offers the opportunity for both habitat creation and sustainable aquaculture production. Inspired by local landscape painters, historical research, and field studies Justine Holzman and Forbes Lipschitz utilize a combination of photography, mapping practices, and digital drawing, to convey the landscape of catfish farming in the Delta.