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Katherine Jenkins

  • Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture Section
288 Knowlton Hall

Katherine Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Knowlton School and cofounder of the interdisciplinary design-research group, Present Practice. Her work applies theory, techniques, and media from contemporary art to the analysis and design of landscapes. She has conducted fieldwork in California’s agro-industrial valleys, Utah’s alkaline deserts and Alaska’s Arctic, examining the aesthetics of extensive infrastructure as it responds to unique geologic and atmospheric conditions. 

Current pursuits include The Post-TAPS Project, a study of the spatial demands of oil extraction and the relationship of those demands to the ecological and aesthetic identity of Alaska; and Field Exercises, the development of site analysis and exploratory representation techniques that promote direct engagement in the field while piloting lo-fi digital and analogue tools.

Prior to joining the Knowlton School, Jenkins taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University. She has an MLA from the University of Virginia and a BA in painting and printmaking from Yale University.

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Recent Work

Stackwell / Sitwell

Temporary Installation at Overlook Farm, Waverly, Pennsylvania, Summer 2017

Materials that are transitioning from one form to another are often classified as waste. Waste, understood as such, is unstable, mutable, and asymmetric. This sculpture, built of manifold layered rings of plaster, exists in a state of non-equilibrium: after rising stack-like in a meadow it was dismantled and assumed a second form. The work draws on the industrial forms (the smokestack), textures (slate), and topographies (slag heaps of rock and coal) of local waste landscapes in Northeastern Pennsylvania.