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MLA University of Georgia
Kevin Risk is an associate professor at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. His research focuses on the cross-cultural transmission, hybridization, and adaptation of garden forms and ideology from Old to New World landscapes, especially Southern landscapes. His teaching and applied research focuses on the preservation of regional cultural landscapes, with emphasis on the role that myth, memory, and historical narrative play in the interpretation and design of multi-layered historic sites. He has served as historic landscape consultant to the National Park Service, and his publications include cultural landscape reports and articles focused on a range of regional landscape sites, including Chalmette Battlefield, Vicksburg National Military Park, and the Valcour Aime Plantation garden, Le Petit Versailles. In 2009, Risk completed a cultural landscape report on William Faulkner’sRowan Oak for the State of Mississippi. Risk has lectured about the influence of Faulkner’s domestic landscape on his fictional oeuvre. He is currently working with Associate Professor Cathy Marshall on a thematic documentation, exhibition, and publication of cultural landscape typologies in Louisiana entitled Ordering the Louisiana Landscape: Geology, Geometry, Cosmos. Risk holds a BA in French literature from Wake Forest University (1991) and an MLA and certificate in historic preservation studies from the University of Georgia (1997).