Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
Martin Hogue is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University.
Hogue was first drawn to the field of landscape architecture through the work of artists like Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer, for whom "the work is not put in a place, it is that place." Originally trained as an architect, his research attempts to reconceive the “site” not as a point of departure—a piece ground, a neutral or unfinished lot to be completed by a proposed design—but rather as a constructive end product, a project in its own right. In A Site Constructed (2005), for example, he traces the way in which a vast, inhospitable, and uninhabited expanse of hardened salt in Western Utah developed a worldwide reputation in the racing community for accommodating speeds in excess of 600mph. In Reconsidering Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Fake Estates” (2006), he uncovers across the Borough of Queens, New York, hundreds of anomalous sites (including a 1/8” wide by 110’ long parcel) that evade traditional cartographic scrutiny. Hogue’s most recent research, which focuses on camping culture in the United States, interrogates the discrepancies that exist between the deeply cherished American ideal of ruggedness and independence and the network of nearly 1 million designated camp-sites that populate modern campgrounds across the United States. These efforts have resulted in two books, Thirtyfour Campgrounds (MIT Press, 2016) and Making Camp (Princeton Architectural Press, 2023). Hogue’s drawings have been displayed in solo exhibits at venues across the United States, including The Ohio State University, the Parsons School of Design, the Urban Center in New York, and the University of Southern California. In addition, his research has been supported with fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Canadian Center for Architecture, and funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
Over a 25-year academic career, Hogue has developed an expertise in beginning design studios, graphic visualization, and film. He has received several distinctions, including the Excellence in Studio Teaching Award (senior level) from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture in 2022 and the SUNY ESF College Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in Teaching in 2017; he was appointed Hyde Chair in Excellence at the University of Nebraska in 2004 and has been invited as guest reviewer at over 40 universities across North America and abroad.[MH1]
Martin Hogue, Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping’s Most Essential Items and Activities (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2023)
Martin Hogue, Thirtyfour Campgrounds (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2016)
Martin Hogue, “Matter Displaced, Organized, Flattened: Recording the Landscape”, in Landscript 5: Material Culture, ed. Jane Hutton, Christophe Girot, Albert Kirchengast (Berlin; JOVIS Verlag GmbH, 2018)
Martin Hogue, “[Fake] Fake Estates: Reconsidering Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates”, in Geohumanities: Art, History, Text at the Edge of Place, ed. Michael Dear, Jim Ketchum, Sarah Luria, Doug Richardson (London: Routledge, 2011), pp.38–45.
Martin Hogue, “A Site Constructed: The Bonneville Salt Flats and the Land Speed Record, 1935–1970”, in Landscape Journal 24:1, 2005, pp.32–49.
Martin Hogue, “The Site as Project: Lessons from Conceptual Art and Land Art”, in Journal of Architectural Education 57:3 (2005), 54–61.
- LA5010: Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio 1
- LA5050: Landscape Architecture Graphics
- LA6940: Landscape in Film
- LA6940: The City in Film
- LA7020: Landscape Architecture Studio 6: Interstate 90 Studio
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Master of Landscape Architecture
University of Toronto
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Master of Architecture
Graduate School of Design
Bachelor of Architecture
Université de Montréal
Martin in the news
In a new book, landscape architect Martin Hogue investigates the history and evolution of recreational camping through the lens of its most important and familiar components.
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In a series of research projects and as a designer, Martin Hogue, associate professor of landscape architecture, has explored the history and culture of camping.
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