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Kate Orff

Founder and Principal, SCAPE; Urban Design Program Director, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes Co-Director, and Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

Kate Orff is founding principal of SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design practice with offices in New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Since founding SCAPE in 2007, she focuses on retooling the practice of landscape architecture relative to the uncertainty of climate change and creating spaces to foster social life. Orff is also director of the Urban Design Program, co-director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, and a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. In 2017, she was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the first given in the field of landscape architecture. Orff sits on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on Accelerating Climate Action, Urban Ocean Lab’s advisory board, and the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows.

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