Contact: lsc7t@virginia.edu
University of Virginia
Arctic Design Group
Landscape Architecture

Leena Cho - Professor - Participants

Leena Cho is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Virginia, co-director of Arctic Design Group (ADG), and co-principal of award-winning design practice Kutonotuk and TempAgency. Leena’s research examines various conceptions, representations and instrumentations of weather and climate in Arctic cities, and uses both physical and conceptual phenomena of climate and climate change as a forensic tool for design and its process. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Environmental Resilience Institute, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, and Jefferson Trust, among others, and has been facilitated by numerous national and international organizations including the U.S. Department of State and the World Bank. In addition to her courses on landscape technology and extreme environments, Leena teaches both foundation and advanced research studios that foreground material, ecological and cultural linkages, expressed in landscape medium and assembly, design methodology and experiments. Concurrently, her design work has received numerous recognitions, including via MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, Helsinki Guggenheim and Central Library competitions, Europan and Jardins de Metis, and is published and exhibited in Europe, Asia and North America, including in FRAME, Metropolis, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Museum of Modern Art, and the Venice Architectural Biennale. Leena received her BA from Wellesley College and MLA with distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Design where she was awarded the Jacob Weidenman Prize for excellence in design and the Penny White Grant for her research on Arctic landscapes of Utqiagvik, Alaska. Prior to joining UVA, she practiced in Cambridge, MA and Rotterdam, Netherlands on a wide-ranging projects at the intersection of landscape architecture and urban design.