Rosetta Sarah Elkin is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where her teaching and research focuses on innovative applications of ecological and vegetative technologies that consider the role of plants across scales, from innovative seed mechanics to bionetworks. Elkin also teaches in the core studio sequence and leads seminars in representation and planting design. Rosetta was previously the Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow at GSD in 2012-13 and also served as faculty editor for Platform 6. (Actar 2013).
Her current research, which has been supported by the Graham Foundation, Dutch Fonds BKVB, Canada Council for the Arts, focuses on the geopolitical practice of specifying live matter as a solution to complex urban and rural issues, as manifest through environmental conflict. Most recently, this research has been supported and exhibited by Radcliffe Institute for Academic Ventures. Rosetta has also recently been leading a GSD research team that is studying state-scale ecological transformation in Rhode Island, with Princeton University as part of a research grant with the Rockefeller Foundation, titled SCR: Structures of Coastal Resilience.
As a registered landscape architect in the Netherlands, Elkin is the principle of rse-landscape a design studio founded in 2007, which prioritizes exhibition, installation, publication and research as practice. Her work has been featured internationally, including installations at Les Jardins de Metis, Chelsea Festival and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and in publications such as Topos Magazine, Lotus International and Portal 9 Journal. Prior to joining GSD, Rosetta was a Senior Designer and Project Manager at Inside/Outside in Amsterdam, and led studios at the Academie Bouwkunst and Gerrit Rietveld Academy.