Karen M'Closkey

Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture

Karen M’Closkey is associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design and co-founder, with Keith VanDerSys, of PEG office of landscape + architecture. Their work focuses on the opportunities and limitations enabled by recent advancements in digital mapping and modeling and how they shape our understanding of landscapes and environments. Karen and Keith received a PEW Fellowship in the Arts, and Karen was the recipient of the 2012-2013 American Academy in Rome Prize in landscape architecture. They are guest editors of LA+ GEO (2020), LA+ Simulation (2016) and authors of Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in a Digital Age (2017). Karen is also co-editor of Design with Nature Now (2019) and author of Unearthed: the Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates (2013), which won the J.B. Jackson Book Prize awarded by The Foundation for Landscape Architecture.

Karen leads the EMLab working group with Sean Burkholder and Keith VanDerSys and the Biodiversity working group with Richard Weller.