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Tameka Sims

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

Tameka Sims is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Landscape Architecture section of the Knowlton School. Her research explores the intrinsic nature of retail spaces in the urban landscape. More specifically her work aims to create a system of temporary and long-term design solutions for urban voids created by dead and dying consumer retail. Recently, she has begun an artistic exploration into the world of textiles as a medium for modeling stylized landscapes. These studies directly reflect the forms, and artful craft of haute couture which builds into its practice iteration, dynamism, structure, and precision of tailored materials made to fit one body or space. Currently, she is working in collaboration with Professor Beth Blostein to design a new food distribution center in Lima, Ohio as part of the Ohio Land Exchange (OH/LEX) program developed by Professors Jake Boswell, Tijs van Maasakkers, and Kristi Cheramie. She received a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from Kent State University and her Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Ohio State University.

Recent Work

Purchase: Washington D.C.

Purchase: Washington D.C. is a fictional application which offers consumers a new way to navigate through the D.C retail landscape. This app lets users generate shopping lists and itineraries linked to an interactive map for an efficient shopping experience. For planners and designers, the app is intended to serve as a tool to track and identify areas in need of retail development, especially those lacking access to food. This proposal won an Honorable Mention for innovation and creativity in Shop Meet Thrive: Livability in the New American City a competition hosted by AIA Washington D.C., City Age, and the American Planning Association.