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Jake Boswell

Jake Boswell is an associate professor and graduate studies chair of landscape architecture at The Ohio State University. His work centers on the entanglement of cultural, technological and natural systems in the production of designed and vernacular landscapes, with a specific focus on climatic imaginaries and attempts to alter climate. He comes to this interest through an education and training in landscape architecture, city planning and cultural anthropology and he pursues this work through a hybrid practice centered on historical inquiry and design speculation. His writing has been published nationally and internationally and his speculative and applied design works have received recognition in numerous international design competitions.

In 2016 Boswell was awarded the College of Engineering’s Lumley Award for Interdisciplinary Research, and in 2018 he was named an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oak’s Research Library and Collection. Mr. Boswell actively extends his research into his teaching. His student’s work has regularly been recognized in both scholarly and professional venues and his teaching has been recognized with an OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2013.

Expertise

Climate futures

Site planning and design

Climate sensitive design

Speculative design

Climatic Imaginaries