Karen Lewis is Chair of Undergraduate Studies in Architecture and Associate Professor of Architecture at The Ohio State University whose research interests explore the intersection of graphic and infrastructural systems. Her book, Graphic Design for Architects (Routledge 2015) explores issues of architectural representation through the lens of information design and visual communication. Recent published design projects include Light Industrial Landscape, a proposal that explores the programmatic overlap of transportation and recreational systems in New York, and Resilience Network, a living, landscape memorial in Connecticut that connects underused parks and recreational spaces with contemplative zones for reflection.
Professor Lewis has held fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks, the Newberry Library, and through the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her on-going archival research on The Oregon Trail, a landscape of transportation and communication technology. Since its identity as a route for Westward Expansion, the Oregon Trail has continued to evolve as a space for infrastructural interchange. From the US Mail service, the Union Pacific Railroad, highways and its current use as a conduit for oil, gas and internet infrastructure, the Oregon Trail is an ever-evolving conduit for information, transportation and resources.
Karen Lewis is a graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Wellesley College.