Jessica Henson


Jessica Henson teaches design studios in the Department of Landscape Architecture. She is an Associate at OLIN, where she is currently the Associate-in-Charge of the Los Angeles County Master Plan for the LA River. At OLIN she has contributed to numerous planning and design projects that seek to create socially and environmentally resilient infrastructures including the LA River Index and Meeting Green, a winning entry in the Philadelphia Water Department’s Soak It Up! design competition. Jessica’s other significant projects include Chicago’s Vista and Willis Towers, a new residential precinct at the University of Washington in Seattle, and the new U.S. Embassies in London and Brasilia.

Jessica has taught at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Pennsylvania. She is co-editor of the book Fresh Water: Design Research for Inland Water Territories, which focuses on the shared hydrosocial histories and water issues of the major inland watersheds of the North American Continent.

Currently Teaching
  • 542aL
    Landscape Architecture Design
    Landscape Architecture Design
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 541bL The studio will be focused on building topographic form based on fractal geometries that promote environmental, programmatic, and aesthetic performances. The contingencies of doing this within an urban built environment will be explored. After studying the Owen’s Valley (which is essentially a large portion of LA’s effective watershed) at large and small scales for the first half of the semester a site in Los Angeles will be become the focus for a final design. The studio will be split into two geographic and conceptual parts, emphasizing the multi-scalar nature of landscapes in both form and function:
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