Karli Molter

Karli Molter is an architect and landscape architect who uses a cross-disciplinary approach to create a harmonious blend between different spaces, scales and systems in the public realm. She has an acute sensitivity towards sites through her background in landscape architecture, and an innovative formal language through architecture. Her area of focus is in visualization and representation. Before coming to RISD, she taught at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The majority of Molter’s professional experience has been at Snohetta, an interdisciplinary design practice based in Oslo, Norway, and New York City. Her foremost projects have included the new central library for Temple University and a net zero house and laboratory for Harvard University, both currently under construction. She was also a key team member for several feasibility studies including the Golden State Warriors Sports Complex and waterfront park in San Francisco, Park 35 in Austin, TX and the James Beard Public Market in Portland, OR. She also contributed to competition proposals for Union Square in Washington, DC and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX. Outside of the office she has collaborated on several projects in Harare, Zimbabwe that focus on bringing people of different cultures and backgrounds together.

Molter received a bachelor’s degree in Architecture with a minor in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University, and Master's degrees in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She received an ASLA Honor Award and Eleanore T. Widenmeyer Prize in Landscape and Urbanism in 2011.

Fall 2017 Courses

  • LDAR-2204-01 Constructed Landscapes Studio
  • LDAR-2204-02 Constructed Landscapes Studio
  • LDAR-231G-01 Topics In Representation

Wintersession 2018 Courses

  • LDAR-8900-02 ISP Major

Spring 2018 Courses

  • LDAR-2265-01 Representation II
  • LDAR-2203-01 Site/ecology & Design Studio


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