Kristi Cheramie Selected to Lead Landscape Architecture Section

Associate Professor Kristi Cheramie has been named head of the Landscape Architecture section in the Knowlton School.

Cheramie joined the Knowlton faculty in 2014. Before joining Knowlton, she taught at Louisiana State University. Cheramie has received widespread recognition for her research and teaching. Her research explores the many ways we use building to respond to and cope with environmental fluctuation. Using speculation as a tool to reconstruct the historical systems, scales, and materials that give rise to adaptability and transformation in the landscape, her work reveals interconnections between story, memory, ground, and time. Her first book, Through Time and the City: Notes on Rome, will be released later this year from Routledge. In 2016-2017, Cheramie received the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, where she examined early modern notions of environmentalism and perceptions of flooding, climate exigencies, and debris.

Running parallel to her projects in Rome, Cheramie also works on the implications of early 20th-century flood control infrastructure in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. In addition to writing, Cheramie’s visual work has been exhibited throughout the US. Most recently, the exhibit After the Great Flood: Recovering Impossible Histories of the US Army Corps of Engineers (with Matthew Seibert) was installed at the University of Virginia. This is the fourth installation of this work, opening first in the Banvard Gallery of the Knowlton School in 2016. Her work on Louisiana coastal communities compromised by land loss, sea level rise, and competing industrial interests has been supported by the Van Alen Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cheramie holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded the John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship.

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