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Justin Parscher

  • Assistant Professor of Practice, Landscape Architecture Section
293 Knowlton Hall

Justin Parscher is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Knowlton School, teaching design, history, and theory. His work centers on the rhetorical processes through which landscapes are constructed and mediated, from the branding of urban areas to the operation of open-air museums and the day-to-day work of site guides and interpreters. Ongoing efforts include Time Is, Time Was, Time Is Past, a speculative project on immersive pedagogy in historical landscapes; 79 Views (of the Gateway Arch), a photographic and historical survey of the official neighborhoods of St. Louis; and Cultivating for Country, a collaborative study of the multicultural allotment gardens of metropolitan Stockholm. Parscher was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Sam Fox School of Washington University in St. Louis. He received an MLA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Recent Work

“A Case of Pareidolia”

This design fiction uses the ravings of a deranged landscape architect to examine the rhetorical representation of archaeological landscapes and the symbolism embedded in college campuses. It carries forth a key method in my work, the use of means derived from art and fiction to interrogate the construction of truth claims and prestige in landscape practice. It was published in the book covering Blank Space’s 2015 Fairy Tales competition.