Summit Panelist: Brett Milligan
June 11, 2016
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Davis
Director, Metamorphic Landscapes
Co-founder and Co–Director, Dredge Research Collaborative
Brett Milligan is assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches design studios and courses on industrial ecology, regenerative technologies and infrastructural studies. He is the author of Free Association Design and director of Metamorphic Landscapes, a research-design practice conducting experiments in experiencing and affecting trajectories of landscape change. Brett is also a founding member of the Dredge Research Collaborative, which curates and designs symposia, exhibitions, transdisciplinary design workshops, and public tours exploring the human manipulation of coastal and sedimentary processes.
Brett’s work is focused on the design of the interface between land and water, with particular emphasis on deltaic landscapes and port infrastructure. This work seeks to prototype methods to meld ecological performance with aesthetics and expanded forms of social and political engagement. Current research projects include planning DredgeFest CA (June 2016) which will complete the Dredge Research Collaborative’s comparative Four Coasts project, Feral Recreation: The Human Use and Occupation of Restored and Naturalized Lands in California’s Delta, and Wicked Ecologies, a comparative study of earthworks and scenario planning in the California Delta and the Florida Everglades. Brett is the recipient of two research grants from the Graham Foundation and a 2015 UC Hellman Fellow. His design work has garnered multiple awards and has been exhibited internationally. His writings have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Landscape Architecture, Places Journal, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Landscape Architecture Australia, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, MONU, and multiple book publications.