Portrait Paula Meijerink

Paula Meijerink

Originally from the Netherlands, Paula Meijerink is a landscape architect, and associate professor and undergraduate studies chair of landscape architecture at The Ohio State University. Her engagement with landscape is from a political perspective and she sees the act of design as agency for change. Her current research on the materiality of landscape includes the introduction of organic life into hostile, human-altered environments within the context of human experience. Much of her work relates to the transformation of impervious surfaces such as asphalt, and she investigates urban forests as the discipline’s most effective means to address climate change while improving the health and wellness of people. Her practice with WANTED landscape llc includes landscape architectural design for the McCord Museum’s ephermeral Forêt Urbaine/Urban Forest and the Kirkland Medical Center, both in Montreal. Her current research investigates forestation practices with the development of an experimental forest on the land-grant university’s Waterman Farm. She has published and lectured internationally.

Meijerink received her ING degree from Larenstein University in the Netherlands, she studied philosophy at the University of Utrecht and received her Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She was a principal at Martha Schwartz Inc,  assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Gerald Sheff Visiting Professor at McGill University and associate professor and director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Montreal.

Expertise

Impervious surfaces and green infrastructures

Asphalt landscapes

Site planning and design