Kate Orff

Founder and Principal, SCAPE; Director, Urban Design Program, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

Kate Orff is a landscape architect, founder and principal of the landscape architecture firm SCAPE, and director of the Urban Design Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, where she teaches graduate design studios and interdisciplinary seminars focused on sustainable development, biodiversity, and community-based change. She is the author of Toward an Urban Ecology; co-author, with photographer Richard Misrach, of Petrochemical America; and co-editor of Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park. Orff was named a United States Artist Fellow and a 2017 MacArthur Fellow for “designing adaptive and resilient urban habitats and encouraging residents to be active stewards of the ecological systems underlying our built environment.”

Videos/Audio of Kate Orff

What is the role of design in addressing climate change and social fragmentation? Landscape architect Kate Orff of... See more
Coastal Louisiana is in crisis. Since the 1930s, the state has lost more than 2,000 square miles of land. Every 100... See more