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Meet Our Faculty: Martin Hogue

Martin Hogue, associate professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

Academic focus: Design studios and visualization courses

Previous positions: visiting associate professor, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2010-18); assistant/associate professor, School of Architecture, Syracuse University, 2001-07); assistant professor, Auburn University, School of Architecture, 1999-2001; senior instructor, University of Colorado, College of Architecture and Planning, 1997-99

Academic background: Bachelor of Architecture, Université de Montréal, 1990; Master of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 1991-93; Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Toronto, 2008-10

Last books read: Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation (Peter L. Bernstein); The North Water (Ian McGuire); The Sellout (Paul Beatty); Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century (Paul Reynolds); The Roaring Silence: John Cage, A Life (David Revill); Wanderlust: A History of Walking (Rebecca Solnit)

What do you do when not working? Taking long walks with our dog Stache, running, swimming, biking, reading, listening to music, seeing art, cooking, crosswords, baseball.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? I love everything that’s visual — drawings, maps, photography, paintings, films, information graphics, etc.

Current research project? Following the release of Thirtyfour Campgrounds (2016), I am currently working on my second book on camping, this time focusing on the individual histories of key components (the campsite, the picnic table, the fire pit, the tent, and the sleeping bag, etc.) that make up this familiar yet generic setting.

What are three adjectives people might use to describe you? Obsessive, serious, dry-witted

Course you’re most looking forward to teaching? I have a particular passion for teaching entry-level design and visualization courses. I find that it’s an amazing opportunity and a tremendous responsibility to get to introduce students to the discipline of landscape architecture, and to instill in them a sense of rigor that they can take with them through the program.

If you had unlimited grant funding, what major problem in your field would you want to solve? Broadening the public perception of what landscape architects do — far more than an aesthetic pursuit, back yards or small gardens. I think that landscape architecture and landscape thinking are at the forefront of some of the most critical issues of our time — global warming, overpopulation, rapid urbanization, and food insecurities. Our graduates can take on leadership positions among teams of experts to help address these global problems.

What most excites you about Cornell CALS? Joining an exciting and dynamic faculty who shares my passion and enthusiasm for design and design experimentation.

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