Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes

University of Oregon – Department of Landscape Architecture


Fuller 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 Scenario Journal, Landscape Review, 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.


Overlook Field School Program Manager: Michael Geffel

Michael Geffel is a Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture in the College of Design at University of Oregon, where he teaches design studios, media courses, and landscape design seminars. His design research investigates the generative capacity of landscape maintenance — that is, how maintenance operations mediate and construct landscape and how they may be utilized as design instruments to engage territories outside the traditional scope of landscape architecture.

2020: Experiment

Artist in Residence: David Buckley Borden

David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge Massachusetts-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. Using an accessible, often humorous, combination of art and design, David promotes a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. David’s place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena. Informed by research and community outreach, David’s work manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-specific public art installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery.

David was a 2016/2017 Charles Bullard Fellow (Artist-in-Residence) at the Harvard Forest where he answered the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?” As a Harvard Forest Associate Fellow David continues to collaborate with Harvard researchers, to champion a cultural ecology supported by interdisciplinary science-communication.

David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked as a designer at Sasaki Associates and Ground before focusing his independent practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.

2019: Difficult Landscapes

Artists in Residence: Gwen Dora Cohen & Isaac Cohen

Gwendolyn Dora Cohen is an Associate at Studio Outside Landscape Architecture in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master Degree in Landscape Architecture and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Recently she co-taught The Prairie’s Yield, a graduate studio at the University of Texas Arlington. Her work often considers scientific theory and thoughtful moments of joyful whimsy. She is fascinated by novel ecologies in urban spaces, and strives to always bring an interest in the vernacular to her design work. She is an explorer of places hidden in plain sight, and enjoys the urban wilderness that exists in the heart of Dallas.


Isaac Cohen is an Associate at Studio Outside and has a decade of experience working on all aspects of park and urban public space issues. He spent this time working with communities around the country on advocacy and fundraising to build urban park, and on engagement and research into critical issues impacting the use of public space. He brings a wealth of knowledge of Dallas neighborhoods, history, and landscapes that he hopes to integrate into the studio. Isaac has also recently co-lead a studio for the University of Texas at Arlington’s CAPPA Masters of Landscape Architecture program.

Program manager: Michael Geffel

2018: Maintenance

Artists in Residence: Katie Jenkins & Parker Sutton, Present Practice

Katherine Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Knowlton School and cofounder of the interdisciplinary design-research group, Present Practice. Her work applies theory, techniques, and media from contemporary art to the analysis and design of landscapes. She has conducted fieldwork in California’s agro-industrial valleys, Utah’s alkaline deserts and Alaska’s Arctic, examining the aesthetics of extensive infrastructure as it responds to unique geologic and atmospheric conditions.

Current pursuits include The Post-TAPS Project, a study of the spatial demands of oil extraction and the relationship of those demands to the ecological and aesthetic identity of Alaska; and Field Exercises, the development of site analysis and exploratory representation techniques that promote direct engagement in the field while piloting lo-fi digital and analogue tools.

Prior to joining the Knowlton School, Jenkins taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University. She has an MLA from the University of Virginia and a BA in painting and printmaking from Yale University.

Parker Sutton is a Lecturer at the Knowlton School and cofounder of the interdisciplinary design group Present Practice. His research explores how perception shapes normative modes of placemaking and design. His work has been published in journals and magazines including Pidgin, The Site Magazine, Bracket, ARID, and Lunch. Prior to joining the Knowlton School, Sutton worked as a designer at several architecture and landscape architecture offices in Brooklyn and San Francisco. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Program manager: Liska Chan

Program coordinator: Ali Pougiales

2017: Wastelands + Beauty

Artists in Residence: Katie Jenkins & Parker Sutton

Jenkins and Sutton were also the artists in residence for the field school in 2018. Please see above for their bios and website links.

Program manager: Liska Chan

Program coordinator: Colin Poranski

2016: Animals as Agents of Landscape Change

Artist in Residence: Phoebe Lickwar

f455baa4ab995e271c08fb15612a1e63 Phoebe Lickwar is a landscape architect, photographer, and assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Texas in Austin.  She teaches design studios 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 UT Austin, 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.

Program manager: Roxi Thoren

Program coordinator: Kelly Stoeklein

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.

Program manager: Roxi Thoren

Program coordinator: Veronica Malinay

2014: Landscapes of Power

Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope
Artists 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.

Program manager: Roxi Thoren

Program coordinator: Fraser Stuart

2013: Out of the Woods


Artist in Residence: Michael McGillis

Michael 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 manager: Roxi Thoren

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 manager: Roxi Thoren

Program coordinator: Lauren Schwartz

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