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.
- 542aLLandscape Architecture DesignLandscape Architecture Design
Prerequisite(s): ARCH 541bL
This core studio jumps in scale from 541aL to tackle urban design that integrates landscape strategies to set the framework for new and existing urban districts and metropolitan agendas. Using landscape as multi-benefit infrastructure, the studio focuses on urban systems – physical, social, ecological, economic, political, technological – to imagine more just and resilient futures. These infrastructures aim to guide and organize future urbanization to arrive at more equitable metropolitan frameworks and healthful biophysical systems. Skill-building includes basics of urban design: massing, block typologies, circulation, etc, all while deploying landscape as the primary urbanistic medium. Methods of analysis and design include fieldwork, mapping (GIS), modeling and simulation, and scenario-building. Students are asked to engage with community organizations and policy-makers, with the hope of impact extending beyond the university.