The Working Landscapes Lab explores ways for design to reframe and reshape conventional agricultural landscapes.

Our Team


Forbes Lipschitz, Founder + Director

Forbes is Associate Professor of and Graduate Chair. Landscape Architecture at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.  She teaches both studio and seminar courses in landscape planning, geographic information systems, and representation and is a faculty affiliate with the Initiative in Food and AgriCultural Transformation.

She has been awarded teaching and research grants from the the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts. Her research has been published in the multiple peer-reviewed journals, edited books, and has been featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine and Metropolis Magazine. Her professional experience in landscape architecture has spanned a range of public, private, and infrastructural work, including a multi-year installation at Les Jardins de Metis. She received her master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, she graduated cum laude with a BA in environmental aesthetics from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

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Colin Martínez-Watkins, Research Assistant

Colin is an undergraduate student in landscape architecture at The Ohio State University. His interests in design, ecology, construction, and history lead him to study landscape architecture in his hometown of Columbus. During his time at Knowlton, he has participated in installations such as Privy2: Biosolids and You and Sedimentary State and has served as a class ambassador. Apart from academics, Colin spends his time shooting photos, playing soccer, watching movies, and hiking with friends.

Research Collaborators

Billy Fleming, University of Pennsylvania

Shoshanah Inwood, OSU, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Sarah Thomas Karle, University of Lincoln-Nebraska

Nick Kawa, Dept. of Anthropology

Brett Milligan, University of California, Davis

Zoe Plakias, OSU, Dept. of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics

Christine Sprunger, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Peter Summerlin, Mississippi State University

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