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 from innovative seed mechanics to bionetworks. Elkin also teaches in the core studio sequence and leads seminars in representation and the application of vegetation in design.
Her current research, which has been supported by the Dutch Fonds BKVB, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Graham Foundation, focuses on the historical and geopolitical practice of specifying live matter as a solution to complex urban and rural issues. Most recently, Elkin has been leading a GSD research team that is studying state-scale ecological transformation in Rhode Island, as part of a research grant with the Rockefeller Foundation.
As a registered landscape architect in the Netherlands, Elkin is the principle of rse-landscape a design studio that was 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. Elkin has also taught at the Academie Bouwkunst and Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Rosetta was previously the Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow at GSD in 2012-13. Rosetta also served as faculty editor for Platform 6, recently launched by GSD and Actar (2013).