Glimcher and Trott Distinguished Visiting Faculty Announced

The Landscape Architecture Section announces two visitors to the Knowlton School: Dominique Ghiggi as the 2019 Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor and Jason Siebenmorgen as the 2019 Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor. Throughout the autumn semester, Ghiggi and Siebenmorgen will conduct workshops and field research with landscape architecture students as part of the Glimcher Seminar.


Dominique Ghiggi | 2019 Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor

Dominique Ghiggi has worked on various projects and studies in Switzerland and Senegal. She founded Zurich-based Ghiggi Paesaggi Landschaft & Städtebau (formerly ghiggi landschaft architektur, 2009-2018). The changing and often unpredictable developments of nature, in small and large scale and in both an urban and natural context, are expressed in the design and implementation of her work. Through a careful study of the history and current condition of a site, Ghiggi is able to highlight specific landscape features in relation to cultural values. Some of the topics that Ghiggi has studied with particular interest are rainwater collection, vegetative ecotypes, soil erosion and recycling material.

Ghiggi studied biology at the University of Basel and completed her master’s degree in landscape architecture at ETH Zurich. From 2002 to 2007, she was employed at Vogt Landscape Zurich. From 2008 to 2010, she was a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Günther Vogt in the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich. This work resulted in the distinctive book Cultivating the Urban Jungle, published by Lars Müller Publishers in 2010.

In addition, Ghiggi has collaborated with artists and scientific experts on projects such as La Macchina meravigliosa — a 2nd place-awarded art installation in the Lausanne Jardin Competition — developed with her previous partner Carola Antón and the Zurich-based artist Corina Rüegg. She has also collaborated with the artist Pilar García from Seville on an artistic interpretation of the practice of dendrochronology, supported by the Swiss researcher Prof. Fritz Schweingruber.

As part of the Baumer Lecture Series, Ghiggi will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. The talk is free and open to the public.


Jason Siebenmorgen | Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor

Jason Siebenmorgen is Associate Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA), a landscape architecture firm based in New York City. At MVVA, Siebenmorgen leads the planting design and its implementation in projects ranging from courtyard gardens to large scale public parks. One of his focus areas and passions is how planting in public spaces is becoming increasingly rich—informed by both natural and urban ecologies—rendering park spaces both more diverse and more resilient. At MVVA, Siebenmorgen’s current projects include Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, New York, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park in Detroit, Michigan, Waterloo Park in Austin, Texas, and continuing work at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn New York.

Siebenmorgen is the recipient of the 2016 Garden Club of America Rome Prize. As a resident at the American Academy in Rome, he investigated the evolving role of plants in both historic and contemporary Italian gardens, bridging his interest in fine arts, horticulture and landscape architecture.

A graduate of the sculpture department of the Kansas City Art Institute, Siebenmorgen earned a Master Degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Siebenmorgen lives and works in New York City and the Catskills.