ThorenFuller Center Director: Roxi Thoren

Roxi Thoren is an associate professor at the University of Oregon. She is the Director of the UO’s Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes, which investigates the integration of productivity in landscape architecture design, including a series of projects around agriculture, forestry, and power. Thoren is the author of Landscapes of Change, (Timber Press, 2014), in which she examines innovative landscape architectural strategies that respond to new social and physical contexts, and she has been published in the Journal of Landscape Architecture and the Journal of Architectural Education.

Thoren is a Fulbright Fellow (Iceland), a Landscape Architecture Foundation research fellow, and a recipient of multiple research and design awards, including awards from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.

liskaField School Program Manager: Liska Chan

Elisabeth ‘Liska’ (Clemence) Chan is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon where she teaches design studios, theory and media classes. She received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University (2000) and a Bachelor of Arts in American landscape studies and biology from Hampshire College (1993).

Her creative practice resides in two distinct areas, representation and landscape reclamation, and most of her projects tie the two areas together. Using cultural theory and art theory as a point of departure, her work explores methods for communicating and working, and the disconnect and tension created in the translation from drawing to landscape. Most of the sites and projects with which she tests questions of representation are environmentally marginalized urban sites in need of remediation

2017: Landscapes of Waste

Artist in Residence: to be determined 

2016: Animals as Agents of Landscape Change

f455baa4ab995e271c08fb15612a1e63Artist in Residence: Phoebe Lickwar

Lickwar is a landscape architect, photographer, and assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.  She teaches design studios at the Fay Jones School as well as courses in theory, representation, and audiovisual research methods. Her photography explores subjects such as remnant landscapes and urban experience and has been featured in international expositions, including the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, Copley Society of Art in Boston, and the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Fay Jones School, Lickwar worked as an associate at PWP Landscape Architecture. While at PWP, Lickwar served in both design and project management roles on projects such as the National 9/11 Memorial, Newport Beach Civic Center and Park, and Glenstone Museum. Lickwar’s research interests include fieldwork methodology, design pedagogy, and agricultural landscapes. She is currently working on a book entitled Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes.

2015: Watershed Moment

Artist in Residence: Dee Briggs

deeDee Briggs was born in Western Pennsylvania and raised in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. At the
age of 18, Briggs moved to New York City. She studied architecture at the City College of New York and earned a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University in 2002. Briggs currently splits her time between Pittsburgh and New York. She has taught in the schools of art and architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and exhibits nationally.

Workshop Instructor: Emily Steinberg

emilycropped_brightened“Emily Steinberg works in an Expressionist-Realist style, combining an innate awkwardness with superior painting and drawing technique. She approaches her subjects…with equanimity and imbues them with the unique, wobbly energy that emanates from her hand. If you funneled the strange vitality of Charles Burchfield through the clear structure of Edward Hopper, you would get Emily Steinberg’s emotional portraits of everyday subjects.” -Elizabeth Johnson

Workshop instructor: Paul Rider

paul_parking_lotThe compelling issue that has driven photographer Paul Rider’s work is the interface and struggle between nature and manmade urban culture. All his photographic projects share an elegant, visually compelling narrative and strong, thoughtful , almost sculptural composition.

2015 Program coordinator: Veronica Malinay

2014: Landscapes of Power

Gina Reichert and Mitch CopeArtists in Residence: Design 99 – Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope

Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope founded Design 99 in 2007 to investigate new models of contemporary art and architectural practice. Initially occupying a retail storefront space, the design studio situated itself in the public realm offering over-the-counter design consultations and marketed $99 house call specials. Now embedded in their residential corner of Detroit, Design 99 seeks out opportunities to experiment with art and design within their community.

Since 2008, the team has been developing the Power House as a test site for ideas and methods, lo and hi-tech building systems, and a point of conversation for the entire neighborhood.

In 2009, Reichert & Cope founded Power House Productions, a nonprofit organization focussed on neighborhood stabilization through art and culture.


Artist in Residence: Michael McGillis

Michael McGillis returns to the Overlook Field School for a second year. McGillis is an artist based in Detroit. His in situ installations distill the empirical experience of inhabitation, emerging from physically engaging the land, informed by personal interests and unforeseen tangents. His art sifts through the meanings and memories we ascribe to our surroundings, and processes disparate notions of what defines Nature. They highlight the act of being present, fully enveloped in an environment that serves as both work and exhibition space, facilitating a heightened spatial awareness.

Program coordinator: Fraser Stuart

2013: Out of the Woods

Artist in Residence: Michael McGillis

Program coordinator: Shelby Fraga

2012: Sustenance

Scholar in Residence: Matthew Potteiger

Matthew Potteiger is a professor of landscape architecture at SUNY-ESF. He is the co-author, with Jamie Purinton, of Landscape Narratives: Design Practices for Telling Stories which uses art, literary theory and cultural geography to reveal the ways that landscapes become repositories for cultural narratives and offers ways of engaging narrative practices in design. He studies the link between food and landscape systems and has presented and published extensively on this topic including in Landscape Journal and in the book, Five Borough Farm II: Growing the Benefits of Urban Agriculture in New York City. He leads an interdisciplinary “food studio” focused on the design of community food systems, including projects for regional foodsheds, public markets, urban agriculture, foraging, and productive ecologies.

Program coordinator: Lauren Schwartz