Discipline: Architecture – design

Katherine Jenkins

Discipline: Architecture – design
Region: Columbus, OH
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Katherine Jenkins is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at The Ohio State University and cofounder of the interdisciplinary design-research group, Present Practice. Her current work utilizes the inscription of walking as a design instrument for landscape architecture. Her written and visual work has been published in JoLA, Places, Pidgin, LA Plus, The Site Magazine, ARID, and Bracket. Prior to joining the Knowlton School, Jenkins taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University. She has an M.L.A. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in painting and printmaking from Yale University.

While at MacDowell, she worked in collaboration with Parker Sutton using a 3D printer in combination with digital architectural software to design and create custom, manual drawing tools. These tools leverage the strengths of digital technology — its precision, speed, and replicability — while reclaiming the benefits of analog drawing as they pertain to landscape architecture — namely, its haptic, imperfect, and responsive aspects.



Katherine Jenkins worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Marian MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman…

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