Theodore Hoerr is the founding principal of Terrain Work, a New York City-based landscape architecture, urban design and public art firm. Hoerr is a licensed landscape architect who has led the design and implementation of a diverse range of projects in North and South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. His work ranges from large-scale urban strategies that shape the future of cities to small-scale landscapes that emphasize the craft of building. His professional and academic work explores how landscape’s innate ability to change creates new emergent forms and experiences that synthesize culture, nature and the built environment. The work of his office has been recognized internationally and featured in publications such as Landscape Architecture Magazine, Architectural Digest, Dezeen, Design Boom and World Landscape Architecture.
Hoerr has been teaching in RISD’s Landscape Architecture department since 2015. He has taught design studios at Yale University, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, RISD, Harvard Career Discovery Program and University of Arkansas, where he recently served as the Verna C. Garvan Distinguished Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture. In addition, Hoerr has served as a guest critic at institutions including Harvard, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis, Illinois Institute of Technology and Yale.
Before founding Terrain Work, Hoerr worked in several leading international design practices. He was a principal at Balmori Associates in New York City, where he led the design of large-scale urban projects in New York; Bogota, Colombia; and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and an award-winning master plan for the University of Iowa Art Campus. Prior to this, he was a senior associate at EDAW/AECOM and a designer at Richard Haag Associates in Seattle, WA.
Spring 2024 Courses
URBAN SYSTEMS STUDIO
This final core studio stresses large-scale and planning issues, complex sites, and urban conditions. The city is a living organism which evolves in a particular locale with a particular form due to a combination of environmental and cultural factors. These factors, the forces they represent and the material results of their interaction form, in their interrelated state, what can be called urban systems. The many forces at play within cities-social, cultural, economic, ideological, ecological, infra structural, morphological and visual-combine in various ways to created both an identifiable urban realm and the many sub zones within this. Yet, none of these factors is static and unchanging; and, as a result, urban systems, urban dynamics, and urban identity are likewise in a continuous state of flux. This studio will explore these systems and the complex issues at play in our urban areas and the potential for positive change. Estimated Cost of Materials: $250.00
Major Requirement | MLA-I, MLA-II Landscape Architecture