Kathryn Foley

Kathryn Foley is a licensed landscape architect whose independent design practice aims to position the landscape as a resilient medium capable of negotiating complex social and political realities. Recent studio research conducted in combination with interdisciplinary graduate student contributors interrogates the shared territory of the living and the dead in western burial tradition. Foley is also pursuing emerging themes in field reconnaissance-based research on the culture, climate and environmental impacts of resource extraction in subsurface geologic formations including those of North American permafrost territories. Field accounts have been published in contribution to Manifest: A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism and with the Forum on Fieldwork’s project Fieldwork in Landscape Architecture: Methods, Actions, Tools.

Foley has implemented material-focused landscapes for private clients as well as civic projects including the RISD Architecture department's student design-build outdoor performance space SouthLight at the Southside Cultural Center in Providence.She has also worked on such urban public use projects as Boston’s NorthPoint Gateway and the Indianapolis Art Park with Landworks Studio in Boston, MA. With Terreform ONE she re-envisioned the restored social and ecological networks of Brooklyn in the year 2110, and with !Melk she helped design Ship Street Square in Providence’s Jewelry District.

In addition to teaching landscape design studios at RISD, Foley is a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist, has been a visiting critic and lecturer regionally and has taught at the Boston Architectural College.

  • BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • MLA, Rhode Island School of Design


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