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Sarah Cowles / Landscape Architecture

Site Gags
March 31, 2014 - 5:30pm


Sarah Cowles will present a lecture titled "Site Gags" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31. The lecture is free and open to the public. In 2012 Sarah Cowles was a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Georgia. In fall of 2012 she established a field academy in the mining city of Chiatura with 10 students from the Tbilisi State Academy of the Arts. In this narrative lecture, she will discuss the social, political, and physical landscape of the Chiatura and contemporary Georgia.

Cowles is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the Knowlton School, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate site design studios. She has lectured and exhibited internationally, including MASS MoCA and the Center for Contemporary Art in Tbilisi, Georgia. Cowles was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Georgia and a visiting professor at Washington University in Saint Louis. Prior to her appointment at Knowlton, she was a designer with Tom Leader Studio and Conger Moss Guillard in California, where her projects included the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China, and Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco.

Cowles’ current landscape research is focused on the aesthetic and instrumental possibilities of ruderal vegetation, and the sculptural and performative aspects of erosion control materials and techniques. She leads Ruderal Academy, a site-specific interdisciplinary program that provides instruction on techniques of landscape analysis, interpretation, and design in places such as Chiatura, Republic of Georgia, and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Cowles received an MLA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a BFA in sculpture from the California College of the Arts.


Image courtesy of Sarah Cowles