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LSU College of Art & Design Distinguished Lecture Series to Present Assistant Professor, Landscape Architect Kate Orff March 26

03/13/2012 03:08 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Art & Design Distinguished Lecture Series will presents landscape architect and assistant professor Kate Orff on Monday March 26, at 5 p.m. in the Room 103 of the Design Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Orff is an assistant professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she leads studios and seminars that integrate the earth sciences into the design curriculum. Along with Richard Misrach, she is the co-author of “Petrochemcial America,” a richly illustrated book that explores how oil and petrochemicals have transformed the physical form and social dynamics of the American landscape, with a focus on the “Cancer Alley” region of southern Louisiana. Orff is also co-editor of “Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park,” and her essays have appeared in “The Great Leap Forward,” “Waterfront Visions,” “Volume” and other publications.


Orff is also a registered landscape architect and founding principal of SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design studio based in Manhattan. She has won local and national design and was named an ELLE magazine “Planet Fixer, ”a Dwell Magazine “Design Leader” and one of Home & Garden’s 50 For the Future of Design. Her work has received two National American Society of Landscape Architecture awards and has appeared in the Museum of Modern Art, the HK/Shenzhen Biennale, and other international exhibits.


After graduating from the University of Virginia with distinction, Orff earned a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. More information on Orff is available on the web at and


This presentation of the LSU Art & Design Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by Paula G. Manship. Professional American Institute of Architects and American Society of Landscape Architecture continuing education credit is available for this lecture. There will also be a book signing held after the lecture.


Additional information is available on the LSU College of Art + Design website at, the College of Art & Design’s Facebook page or by contacting Debra Langlois at 225-578-5868 or


Those unable to attend the lecture in person will be able to view a recording of the lecture online at

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