Faculty: Nadine Gerdts

Biography

Nadine Gerdts has worked on non-profit community-based design and planning projects in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for over 20 years.  After working with the pioneering urban agriculture and community open space advocacy non-profit, Boston Urban Gardeners, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institutt for Landskapsarkitektur in Aas, Norway, where she conducted research on the public landscapes of social housing in the Scandinavian countries,. She continues to explore the dynamics of urban landscapes through her research and academic work. A lecturer and critic at RISD since 1995, she addresses contemporary practices in landscape and urbanism through interdisciplinary studios and seminars that link social, cultural, and environmental issues to design. In 2004, challenging the boundaries of traditional art and design education, she initiated InsideOut Studio. In this interdisciplinary studio, RISD students work directly with children and teenagers in urban public schools on site-specific design-build projects. She holds a joint part time appointment with the Department Landscape Architecture and the Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design and was  a visiting instructor in Urban Studies at Brown University in 2008 and a visiting lecturer in the architecture program at Massachusetts College of Art + Design in 2010.  Gerdts also directs TiLA Group, her design, planning, and research practice and the BAC’’s summer design exploration program for high school students.

Nadine Gerdts

Nadine Gerdts

Senior Critic
ngerdts@risd.edu
401-454-6282

  • MLA, Harvard University
  • BA, Brown University

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Courses
  • LDAR-22ST
    ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIO ELECTIVE
  • INTAR-23ST
    ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIOS
  • TLAD-W62G
    DESIGN EDUCATION STUDIO WORKSHOP: Place Based Learning
  • LDAR-223G
    PLANNING & CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY SEMINAR
Landscape Architecture Foreground Image 4
Laurencia Strauss, hybrid drawing