GSD Appoints Three Faculty Members in the History of Landscape ArchitectureApr 23, 2012
Three significant appointments have been made in the history of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Dr. Sonja Duempelmann appointed Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Dr. Edward Eigen appointed Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Dr. John Dixon Hunt appointed Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture
Dr. Sonja Duempelmann has been appointed Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture. Dr. Duempelmann received her Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany, and has been an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland since 2007. Dr. Duempelmann’s work examines twentieth century landscape architecture in North America and Western Europe. Her first book focused on the work of the Italian twentieth century landscape architect Maria Teresa Parpagliolo Shephard (1903-1974), and her forthcoming book entitled, Flights of Imagination: Aviation and Innovation in Twentieth Century Landscape Design and Planning is under contract with University of Virginia Press.
Dr. Edward Eigen has been appointed Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Dr. Eigen received his Ph.D. in 2000 from MIT and his M. Arch. in 1991 from Columbia University. He has served as an Associate Professor at CUNY since 2011 and as Assistant Professor at Princeton from 2002-2011. Dr. Eigen’s work focuses on the cultural dimension of landscape and architecture history through a cultural geography and cultural studies lens. He is presently working on a book-length manuscript, entitled On Accident assembling a range of chapters from his study of the contingent highly localized conditions for the production of knowledge around science and nature. He has also contributed to a number of journals, such as Assemblage, Harvard Design Magazine, Thresholds, Perspecta, Grey Room, Log, Cabinet, Architecture and Science, Journal of the History of Biology, Landscape and Art, and Landscapes of Memory and Experience.
Dr. John Dixon Hunt has been appointed Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture. Professor Dixon Hunt is one of the most prominent historians of landscape. His work has made significant contributions to the interface between literature studies and landscape architecture. He received his Ph.D. in 1964 from Bristol University and has been a Professor at UPenn since 1994, serving as department chair through June 2000. He was also the former Director of Studies in Landscape Architecture at Dumbarton Oaks. Among his many publications include articles and books on garden history and theory, including a catalogue of the landscape drawings of William Kent, Garden and Grove, Gardens and the Picturesque, The Picturesque Garden in Europe, and The Afterlife of Gardens.
All three of these appointments will increase the strength of the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the area of landscape architecture history in relation to our professional degree programs as well as our Advanced Studies and Doctoral programs. These esteemed scholars will join the faculty at the GSD and we look forward to their contributions to the school and the field.