Professor, Landscape Architecture
Timothy Baird, FASLA, PLA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University. He previously held tenure track positions at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is Professor Emeritus, and Texas Tech University; at these institutions, he taught design, design implementation, analog representation, and the history of landscape architecture beyond Modernism. Baird’s research focuses on three areas: material expression in the designed landscape since the Modern era, environmental art and designed landscapes that were commissioned in land reclamation contexts, and the revitalization of urban vacancies through the design of ecologically performative landscapes. Before entering academia in a fulltime capacity, he practiced landscape architecture for 25 years on both coasts of the United States and in the Middle East with a variety of firms including Peter Walker and Partners, Hanna/Olin, Ltd., Hargreaves Associates, Collins DuTot Partnership, and Kuwaiti Engineers Office. During this time, he held part time or visiting teaching positions at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Louisiana State University.
Professor Baird’s writing and drawings have been published in Scape’ Dossier, Critiques of Built Works of Landscape Architecture, Garten und Landschaft, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Landscape Design, Landscape Review, Ecological Design and Planning, Landscape Journal, and Terry Farrell: Urban Design covering a diverse range of topics. He has lectured at several universities including Harvard, UVA, UC Berkeley, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Manitoba, LSU, Purdue, University of Colorado, Colorado State, Arkansas, Auburn, SUNY ESF, Lisbon University, University of Buffalo, Ohio State, Clemson, Rutgers, and Chulalongkorn University and he has served as guest critic for studio reviews at Harvard, Penn, UVA, Penn State, Lisbon University, Boston Architectural Center, Carnegie Mellon, RISD, University of California Berkeley, and LSU. In 2018 he delivered keynote lectures at the Atmosphere 10 Symposium at University of Manitoba and the Landscape Days Symposium at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). In 2019 he participated in the Idea of Design Education Symposium at Shanghai Jiao Tong University as a panelist and a panel moderator along with Martha Schwartz, James Hayter, and Niall Kirkwood. Baird was a member of the 2020 School Prize jury for the International Landscape Biennial in Barcelona.
His most recent honors and awards include induction into the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows in 2018, a 2015 Dumbarton Oaks Summer Fellowship to continue his material research, a 2015 Stuckeman Endowed Professorship in Interdisciplinary Design at Penn State, a 2015 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award - Senior Level, and he was one of 32 Knight Cities Challenge grant winners in 2015 to implement a prototype plant nursery on vacant land in Philadelphia. In 2008, Baird presented the keynote lecture, “Herbert Bayer and the Art of Reclamation” at the 25th anniversary celebration of artist Herbert Bayer’s internationally renowned Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks in Kent, Washington, and was featured in a place for people, a documentary film about the anniversary of the earthwork. He was appointed the Richard W. Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture of the Ohio State University in winter 2008.
In addition to his teaching and scholarly pursuits, Baird has practiced landscape architecture since 2004 as an Adjunct Principal with the award-winning critical practice, Landworks Studio, Inc. in Boston, a firm that has been nominated three times for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. While with Landworks Studio, he has played a leading role in developing the evolving body of work that reflects a commitment to proto-urban, strategic renewal efforts with aggressive ecological agendas in the design and implementation of several projects including the LEED Gold Macallen Building, Boston’s first LEED certified residential building and subject of the documentary film, The Greening of Southie by Bullfrog films, the LEED Platinum Blackstone Power Plant Renovation on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, and the LEED Gold 200 5tth Avenue project in New York City, winner of the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Design Honor Award, New York Chapter American Institute of Architects (AIA) Merit Award, featured in the April 2010 issue of Metropolis Magazine, and was on the cover of the September 2012 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.
Timothy Baird received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University, where he previously served on the Director’s Advisory Council, and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
- LA 5970: Graduate Individual Study in Landscape Architecture
- LA 4830: Seminar in Landscape Studies
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