Nadine Gerdts

Nadine Gerdts has worked on non-profit community-based design and planning projects in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for more than 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 Landscape Architecture and Teaching + Learning in Art + Design departments 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.

  • BA, Brown University
  • MLA, Harvard University


  • ARCH-21ST-04 Advanced Studio
  • LDAR-223G-01 Planning & Cultural Geography Seminar
  • LAEL-2403-01 NCSS Core Seminar
  • IDISC-2403-01 NCSS Core Seminar
  • TLAD-602G-01 Design Education Studio Workshop: Place Based Learning


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles