Kate Orff is the founder of SCAPE and a MacArthur Fellow. She focuses on retooling the practice of landscape architecture relative to the uncertainty of climate change and the fostering of social life. Orff has explored this through publications, activism, research and projects. She is known for leading complex, creative, and collaborative work processes that advance broad environmental and social prerogatives.

Orff was awarded the MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant in 2017, the first given in the field of Landscape Architecture. She was named a 2012 United States Artist Fellow, an Elle Magazine “Planet Fixer,” and shared SCAPE’s design methodologies at the International TEDWomen Conference in 2010. Orff graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia with Distinction and earned a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She is also the Director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Urban Design Program.

This lecture is supported the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, School of Law, and the Environmental Resilience Institute.