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Summit Panelist: Alison Hirsch

Alison Hirsch
June 11, 2016

Alison B. Hirsch, PhD
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism, University of Southern California
Co-founder, foreground design agency

Alison B. Hirsch, MS (Historic Preservation), MLA, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism at the University of Southern California. She is a landscape historian, theorist and designer whose written scholarship and design-research focus on the spatial politics and embodied dimensions of landscape architecture. She 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.

Her recent book, City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America (University of Minnesota, 2014), 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 co-edited a book of essays by James Corner, The Landscape Imagination (Princeton Architectural Press, 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 has authored essays about the firm’s design research in International Journal of Interior Architecture and Spatial Design (January 2014) and Journal of Architectural Education (March 2016).

Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Alison taught landscape architecture theory and design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, University of Virginia and University of Toronto.