Alison Hirsch

Alison B. Hirsch is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Southern California. As a landscape architectural designer as well as urban historian and theorist, both her design and written work focus on public histories and politics of urban settlement, as well as how human corporeality and movement can provide a stimulus for design.

Her forthcoming book, City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America (, provides an analysis of the creative process landscape architect Lawrence Halprin developed with his wife, dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin, and how aspects of this process have the potential to enrich contemporary approaches to structuring the city.

Alison is co-founder of foreground design agency (, a transdisciplinary practice operating between the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and the visual arts. Recipient of numerous recognitions, including prize-winners of the Pruitt Igoe Now competition, foreground provides Alison a platform to test her research in applied action.

Alison is currently editing a book with James Corner, titled The Landscape Imagination (forthcoming through Princeton Architectural Press, March 2014) and has published in numerous journals including Landscape Journal, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes. With her partner at foreground, she authored forthcoming essays about the firm’s design research in Wildproject: A Journal of Environmental Studies (January 2014) and International Journal of Interior Architecture and Spatial Design (December 2013).