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Frontiers in Urban Landscape Research

The Oak Room, Fellowship House
November 20, 2015
09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Fully Booked
Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop/ Garden and Landscape Studies

As part of a new program in urban landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, doctoral candidates in advanced stages of writing dissertations on topics in the history and design of urban landscapes have been invited to share selected aspects of their work with each other and with senior designers and scholars in the field. This colloquium is an opportunity to bring together early-career scholars pursuing cross-disciplinary work and shaping new approaches to the urban environment. It is intended to generate greater awareness of the urban humanities, while helping an emerging generation of scholars advance their work across a range of relevant fields.


  • Molly Catherine Briggs (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD Candidate, Landscape Architecture), “Beyond the Path: Assessing the Transporting Capacity of Urban Landscapes with Dynamic Isovist Imaging”
  • Dwight Carey (University of California, Los Angeles, PhD Candidate, Art History), “Planned Authority: The Urban History of French Imperialism in a Senegal River Town, 1659-1810”
  • Eyun Jennifer Kim (University of Washington, PhD Candidate, Built Environment), “History, Narrative, and Recovered Nature in the Cheonggyecheon Restoration (Seoul, South Korea)”
  • Margot K. Lystra (Cornell University, PhD Candidate, History of Architecture and Urban Development), “Drawing the Hybrid Freeway: Urban Design and Non/Human Relationship’”
  • Abbey Stockstill (Harvard University, PhD Candidate, History of Art & Architecture), “The Mountains, the Mosque and the Red City: Locality in 12th-Century Marrakech”
  • Stephanie M. Strauss (University of Texas, Austin, PhD Candidate, Art History), “Betwixt and Between the Great Yax Ha’: Maya Kingly Sight Across the Usumacinta River”

Invited Scholars

  • Sheila Crane, Associate Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia 
  • Sonja Duempelmann, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Alison Hardie, Professor Emeritus of Chinese Studies, University of Leeds
  • John Dixon Hunt, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kathleen John-Alder, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University 
  • Therese O'Malley, Associate Dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery
  • D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Jordan Sand, Professor of Japanese History, Georgetown University
  • Jack Sullivan, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland
  • Thaisa Way, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington

Four students received travel awards to attend the workshop. Read about their experiences here: Bliss and Mellon Travel Awards.

Program with abstracts & biographies

Douglas Park, Chicago. Image courtesy Molly Briggs