Summit Panelist: Azzurra Cox
June 11, 2016
Azzurra Cox grew up in Florence, Italy, and Charlottesville, Virginia, which gave her a deep appreciation of vastly different notions of landscape. Having just graduated from the MLA program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Azzurra is interested in the power of landscapes to shape collective narratives — and in landscape architecture as an engaged, political discipline. While at the GSD, Azzurra received the Penny White Prize to research the links between landscape, politics, and culture across the Lake Titicaca watershed, and she conducted independent research on landscape as site of memory in post-industrial American cities. As 2016 National Olmsted Scholar, she will further her research on how cultural landscapes can manifest diverse racial and historical narratives in St. Louis. She continuously aspires to expand the narratives that designers consider part of the conversation.
After completing her B.A. in Social Studies at Harvard College, Azzurra’s professional experiences included behavioral-economics research in Chennai, India; education-reform philanthropy at Carnegie Corporation of New York; and editorial work at The New Press. During her graduate studies, she interned at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Interboro Partners. Azzurra hopes to continue working across disciplines to design powerful spatial experiences, encourage cultural and environmental stewardship, and foster meaningful engagement with a place and fellow citizens.