Professor Emerita, Landscape Architecture
Kathryn Gleason is Professor Emerita of Landscape Architecture. Trained as a landscape architect (BSLA Cornell, MLA Harvard) and archaeologist (DPhil Oxford), she is an internationally renowned specialist on the archaeology and history of designed landscapes in the ancient Roman world. Her four decades of field work have been conducted most recently at Pompeii and Stabiae, Italy; Petra, Jordan; Caesarea, Israel and Nagaur, Rajasthan, India. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, the Albright Institute of Jerusalem, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, she has published extensively and currently serves as Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies.
As a professor of contemporary design, she brings her research to bear on the 21st century landscape by teaching approaches to designing with the material remains of the past and the longue durée of American landscapes, shaped by centuries of indigenous cultural practices that are suppressed when we design without recognizing them. Her design studios have included Ithaca Gun and Falls, Akwesasne Housing Authority (St. Regis Mohawk), and the Winter Palaces of Wadi Qelt, Jericho, Palestinian Territories.
- Jashemski, Wilhelmina with Kathryn Gleason (Executive Editor), Kim Hartswick, and Amina-Aïcha Malek. Gardens of the Roman Empire, Cambridge University Press, 2018. And affiliated digital project, 2021: https://roman-gardens.github.io/about/
- Howe, Thomas N., Ian Sutherland, Kathryn Gleason, Michele Palmer. The Excavation and Study of the Garden of the Great Peristyle of the Villa Arianna, Stabiae, 2007-2012, Quaderni di Studi Pompeiani VI, 2016.
- Gleason, Kathryn, Editor. Gardens of Antiquity, Volume 1, Cultural History of Gardens, Michael Leslie and John Dixon Hunt, Series Editors. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2013
Awards & Honors
- Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award, April 2020. Society of Architectural Historians. For the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of landscape architecture or garden design, Gardens of the Roman Empire.
- 2012 Honor Award, Research, American Society of Landscape Architects for developing field methods in the archaeology of gardens and designed landscapes.
- Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome
- LA 6010 Sunrise Acres: A Wetland Park for the Akwesasne Housing Authority
- LA 3020 Tulul abu el-'alayiq: Living among the ruins of Herod the Great’s Winter Palace Gardens on Wadi Qelt, Jericho, Palestinian Territories
- LA 5450 Parks and Imperial Fora of Ancient Rome
klg16 [at] cornell.edu
Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology
University of Oxford, Lincoln College
Master of Landscape Architecture, with distinction
Graduate School of Design
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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