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Karen M'Closkey

Karen M'Closkey

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Karen M'Closkey is co-founder of PEG office of landscape + architecture, an award-winning design and research practice based in Philadelphia. PEG's work explores the potential for new media and fabrication technologies to produce novel relationships between organic and inorganic materials, often utilizing pattern as a means to heighten the perception of temporal and ephemeral phenomena.

The firm has been published internationally and won numerous design awards, including an Honorable Mention for their entry into the Buzzard's Bay Bridge: Park international design competition, the 2010 Emerging New York Architects prize, the 2010 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers and a 2011 Boston Society of Architects Research Grant for work pertaining to geo-cell customization. PEG has received three AIA Awards and an I.D. Magazine award. Most recently, PEG received a 2013 PEW Fellowships in the Arts and was pre-selected to participate in the Movement On Main design competition.

PEG's work has been published in numerous books and journals, including Harvard Design Magazine (2013), Representing Landscape Architecture (2012), Digital Landscape Now (2012), Dirt (2012), Young Architects 12: Resource (2011), Public Landscape (Rihan International, 2010), Advanced Interior Design (Damdi, 2009) Advanced Public Design (Damdi, 2009),1000x Architecture of the Americas (2008), "Remarkable Landscape Architects," ELA Environment & Landscape Aarchitecture of Korea (2008), Architectural Record (2007), Urban Spaces: Squares & Plazas (2007), and A+T: In Commons II (2006). PEG was the featured practice in LW's (Landscape World, Korea) September 2010 issue.

M'Closkey, a registered landscape architect, teaches core design studios, option studios, and contemporary theories of landscape architecture. She is author of Unearthed: the Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), which received the J.B. Jackson Book Award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies, "Structuring Relations: From Montage to Model in Composite Imaging," in Charles Waldheim and Andrea Hansen, eds. Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture, "Synthetic Patterns: Fabricating Landscapes in the Age of ‘Green,'" Journal of Landscape Architecture (Spring 2013), and co-author with Keith VanDerSys of Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in a Digital Age (Routledge). She and VanDerSys are guest editors of an issue of LA+ on the theme of Simulation. M'Closkey was the recipient of the 2012-2013 Garden Club of America Rome Prize in landscape architecture.