Laurel A. McSherry, FAAR

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR and
DIRECTOR OF THE MASTERS OF
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
PROGRAM IN THE NATIONAL
CAPITAL REGION

 

CONTACT INFORMATION
Washington Alexandria Architecture
Center,
1001 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

+1.703.706.3013
lm@vt.edu
 
CURRICULUM VITAE
 
RESEARCH AREAS

Commemorative Practices

Time-transgressive Landscapes
 
COURSES TAUGHT

LAR 5304 - Introduction to Landscape
Studies

LAR 5005 - Graduate Design Lab I

LAR 5704 - Advanced Landscape
Architecture Design and Planning

 

Laurel McSherry is Director of the Graduate Landscape Architecture Program in the National Capital Region. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Professor McSherry was Head of Landscape Architecture at Ohio State University and former faculty in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University. Professor McSherry is recipient of numerous awards and prizes for her design work. She was recipient of the 1999 Garden Club of America Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Other awards include Landscape Architecture Magazine's 1995 Visionary and Un-built Design Competition and their 1999 Excellence in Communication Award for the City of Phoenix / 27th Avenue Waste Treatment Facility Master Plan. In 2005, she was one of five finalists in the Flight 93 National Memorial Design Competition and, in 2007, took third prize in the Re-Envisioning Gateway National Recreation Area Competition sponsored by the Van Alen Institute, Columbia University, and the National Park Service. In 2008 she was a finalist in the City of the Future Competition sponsored by the History Channel and, later that year, took Honorable Mention in the Sichuan Earthquake Memorial International Design Competition sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, People’s Republic of China. In 2012, she was awarded the William Turnbull Prize from the California Architectural Foundation and the Arid Lands Institute for her work in the Drylands: Retrofitting the American West competition. In 2015, she took Third Prize in the Terra Digitas Competition, for her proposal reinventing public space in Kiev, Ukraine. Professor McSherry together with colleague Nathan Heavers were one of three finalists in The Peace Corps Commemorative Competition. Authorized by the U.S. Congress and sponsored by the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation, this two-stage international design competition sought proposals for a permanent artistic work on Capitol Hill commemorating the 50th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps. Her writing, design, and photographic work has been published by Actar, Princeton Architectural Press, Architalx, Plurimondi, Smithsonian, Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of the American Planning Association, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ECLAS, IFLA, and CELA. Professor McSherry’s current explores the time-transgressive character of two mid-Atlantic landscapes.
 
EDUCATION

MLA. Harvard University.

BS. Rutgers University.
 
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS