Katherine Harvey


MLA, University of Pennsylvania

Katherine Harvey is a Landscape Studio Director of RCH Studios in Los Angeles. She has worked on a range of projects in the public realm from neighborhood parks, botanical gardens, streetscapes, to institutional and urban master planning. Kate’s recent work addresses the evolving role and perceptions around public land and infrastructure in Southern California. Kate received her MLA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been published and exhibited nationally.  

Currently Teaching
  • 542aL
    Landscape Architecture Design
    Landscape 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. 

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