Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
Jamie Vanucchi is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies. Jamie’s teaching and research test the capacity of design and design research to address our most pressing 21st-century problems. She is interested in “strong sites”, landscapes driven by change in the form of powerful constructive and destructive processes, and design that intentionally intersects with those processes and unfolds in time. Current projects include the study of floodplains as unique, disturbance-driven landscapes and potential community assets, the restoration of floodplain buyouts, designed forests for climate mitigation, and framing design research as a distinct mode of knowledge production that is complementary to science and especially needed now due to the novelty and uncertainty of climate-changed futures. Her research is funded by NIFA, Cornell’s Atkinson’s Center for Sustainability, The Landscape Architecture Foundation, and Cornell Council of the Arts. Jamie has a small design-build practice and she is a partner with the Great Lakes Design Labs and LoDo Lab at CU Denver.
- In preparation. Vanucchi, J., Ozayr Saloojee, and Dr. Sarah Dooling. “Design Research for Uncertain Futures”. Accepted for publication by Actar and ORO Publishers, 2021.
- Vanucchi, J. “Rethinking Inland Floodplain Housing: Disturbance, Risk, and Uncertainty as Drivers for Design”, book chapter in Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales: from Building to Cities, edited by Nicholas Rajkovich and Seth Holmes; Routledge expected date of publication is fall 2021.
- Vanucchi, J. “Crossing the Line”, Scenario Journal 05: Extraction. Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. See http://scenariojournal.com/article/crossing-the-line/ (2015)
Awards & Honors
- 2021. CSI Research Fellow, Landscape Architecture Foundation.
- 2019. Faculty Fellow, Atkinson's Center for Sustainability.
- 2018. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Award for Excellence in Design Studio Teaching.
- 2019 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award, Cornell University.
- 2019. Cornell CALS Young Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
- LA 4910/5910 Creating the Urban Eden I
- LA 6940 Seminar in Design Research.
454 Kennedy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
jlv29 [at] cornell.edu
Master of Landscape Architecture
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Jamie in the news
Cornell researchers compared federal floodplain home buyout policies with regional programs, showing that local strategies may make these acquisitions more equitable and effective.
- Cornell Atkinson
- Landscape Architecture
- Climate Change
Jamie L. Vanucchi, assistant professor of landscape architecture, is interested in the merger of science and design—taking into account natural processes when planning a landscape. Her research is situated within the region, with an emphasis on New York State, NY's Great Lakes, and the Susquehanna watershed and focuses on the role of uncertainty in design related primarily to floodplains and climate change.
- Landscape Architecture