Andrea Hansen has been named the 2013–14 Marie M. Bickham Chair in Landscape Architecture at the LSU College of Art + Design Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture (RRSLA), pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors in December.
Hansen is a lecturer in landscape architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she teaches core and option studios and lectures on representation and advanced digital media. Her research, writing, and design practice, Fluxscape, focuses on the use of open source data and Web platforms to map conditions and spur change in urban environments.
Hansen’s website and upcoming book, Visualizing Systems, explores the mapping and visualization of complex systems through the use of both contemporary and historic precedents. In addition to her work on Visualizing Systems, she acts as an advocate for media-based urbanism through her writing for the website landscapeurbanism.com; by teaching at the General Assembly; and her creation of the blog landscape overlook(ed), which aims to provide a stronger voice for landscape architecture in the mainstream media.
Hansen holds a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies and civil engineering from Stanford University and a dual Master of Landscape Architecture/Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a recipient of several awards, including the George Madden Boughton Prize, the Warren P. Laird Award, the William M. Mehlhorn Scholarship, and the Van Alen Traveling Fellowship.
Recently, Hansen was named the inaugural Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and was chosen as one of Next City’s 40 Under 40 Vanguard Class of Urban Leaders. She is a 2014 fellow of Code for America, an organization that aims to improve the relationships between citizens and government and helps create 21st-century interfaces to government by employing technologies to make it easy for citizens to participate and engage in improving their cities.
“It is exciting to have Andrea Hansen participating in the school through her appointment as the Marie M. Bickham Chair. Her expertise in the theory and application of computational cartographies, mapping, and generative design tools will complement existing research and extend the School’s current curriculum,” says Bradley Cantrell, director of RRSLA.
As pending Bickham Chair, Hansen will lecture on “Data and the Documentation of the Shifting Urban Landscape” at the LSU Design Building, room 103, on Monday, November 11, at 5 p.m., and she will attend final reviews in the fall and spring semesters. Hansen will also lead two workshops on advanced digital technologies—a pre-semester workshop, January 23–27, and a mid-semester workshop, March 6–14—and a symposium in the spring.
The symposium will address the use of technology in documenting and designing for the shifting landscape, incorporating student work produced in the two workshops. Potentially, some of Hansen’s colleagues may participate in the symposium as additional speakers.
Hansen said she sees the workshops and symposium as opportunities to collaborate with the Coastal Sustainability Studio, Urban Landscape Lab, and Media and Site Technologies Lab at LSU. Hansen plans to encourage students to embrace the temporal dimensions in landscape representation, whether in making static drawings or animations.
“This premise is brought into especially sharp focus when considering the study of the Gulf Coast region, where shifting coastlines define every aspect of the environment with little regard for whether that environment is natural or constructed . . . For this work, there is no better living laboratory than the Gulf Coast region, with its complex intertwining of ecological and social phenomena,” she explained.
The Marie M. Bickham Chair was established in 2001 by Marie Bickham (1936–2012), whose generous endowment has benefitted the LSU College of Art + Design Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture by funding salary supplements and supporting other academic activities of the professorship, including instruction in research, equipment, materials, and faculty improvement.
Marie Bickham’s gift to the school followed her long history of caring for nature and the environment. Her vision was to enrich the education of landscape architecture students in the hope that they would be the next generation to protect and preserve the beauty of nature. Dr. Neil Odenwald, retired faculty member (1972–97) and former director of the LSU School of Landscape Architecture (1981–87), was instrumental in establishing the Bickham Chair. He and Marie Bickham collaborated on many projects to enrich Louisiana.
About LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture
The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture has established an international reputation as one of America’s leading and consistently top-ranked programs. Part of the LSU College of Art + Design, the school offers Bachelor of Landscape architecture and Master of Landscape architecture programs. For over 60 years, the program has produced landscape architects who practice all over the world and participate in the full spectrum of the discipline. For more information, visit landscape.lsu.edu.
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