Landscape Architecture


Nadine Gerdts

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 departments of Landscape Architecture and 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.