Interspecies Housing

May 19 - September 7, 2014

Landscape Architecture student work co-developed in the Interspecies Housing Studio at the Knowlton School of Architecture at the
Ohio State University. Two projects were selected out of ten that were developed specifically for the Museum for Insects site.
The students engaged fully the preferences and perspectives of crickets and humans and their research, images and models
are posted on their project blog here.


David P. Shimmel is a recent graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at The Ohio State University (OSU) where he currently teaches sophomore design studios and visual communication classes. David is a 2013 Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Graduate University Olmstead Scholar. He is currently pursuing research with the 2013 LAF National Undergraduate Scholar, McKenzie Wilhelm, on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay where they are studying and mapping the migratory path of salmon and the implication the mine would have on local ecologies and economies. 

Ian Mackay recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a master's degree in landscape architecture and a minor in city and regional planning. He enjoys reading, writing, drawing, cooking, and riding his bike.


STUDENT TEAM - Cricket Cloud

cricket cloud collage Project information on their blog post

Anthony Hodge is a junior at Ohio State University earning his Undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture. Recently, Anthony has taken to exploring spatial qualities in the built environment; this is achieved through project and material research. Outside of landscape Anthony is receiving a minor in Business from OSU and working for Keller Williams as a Buyer’s Agent.

Nevin D. Lesnoski is a junior in the Landscape Architecture program (BLA) at The Ohio State University. Currently, Nevin is an intern at B&B Lawn and Landscaping of Youngstown, Ohio, designing and building residential landscapes. His interests lie in the actual construction and implementation of landscape design and projects. Nevin anticipates owning his own Landscape Design business where he can be an active part of the whole design and installation process.


STUDENT TEAM - Grassland, Wonderland

Grassland Wonderland collage Project information their blog post

Katherine Beaton is currently a student in the landscape architecture program at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, and also studies French language.  Outside of class, she is involved in SCASLA (Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects) and Yoga Club at Ohio State, and enjoys cooking and spending as much time outside as possible.

Kerry Gerich is a sophomore at The Ohio State University and is majoring in Landscape Architecture. She has earned two career certificates in ornamental horticulture from Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, Pennsylvania.  Kerry would like to focus her future research on ecological and sustainable landscape designs.



Katherine Bennett is an assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture Section at the Knowlton School, where she teaches design studios, workshops and theory courses that investigate interspecies habitat within the city. She is a registered landscape architect and has practiced in Boston, New York, Cape Cod, Savannah, San Francisco, Seoul and Hanoi – the latter while a Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Seoul. Her degrees in Landscape Architecture and Painting are from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (MLA) and The University of Georgia (BFA). Katherine is the Ohio State University faculty director for the International Workshop on Urban Landscape (IWUL), an annual interdisciplinary charrette centering on the design of landscapes in the home cities of participating universities, Ohio State, the University of Seoul, and Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok). more info

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