Discipline: Architecture – design

Parker Sutton

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

Parker Sutton is a lecturer of landscape architecture at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University and cofounder of the interdisciplinary design-research group Present Practice. His recent work explores the role of authorship within digital design practices. Present Practice's written and visual work has been published in numeral design journals and magazines. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia.

While at MacDowell, he worked in collaboration with Katherine Jenkins 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.



Parker Sutton 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 Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building.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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