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Laurel McSherry, FAAR, ASLA

Program Director of NCR Master of Landscape Architecture Program
Associate Professor

B.S., Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University
MLA, Harvard University
Fellow, American Academy in Rome

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Laurel McSherry is an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Landscape Architecture Program in the National Capital Region. A graduate of Rutgers University and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, she is recipient of the 1999 Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Professor McSherry was Head of Landscape Architecture at Ohio State University, and former faculty in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University.

Professor McSherry is recipient of numerous awards and prizes for her design work, which explores the intersection of the ‘establishment’ and the ‘vernacular.’ These include Landscape Architecture’s 1995 Visionary and Un-built Design Competition and 1999 Excellence in Communication Award. She was one of five finalists in the Flight 93 National Memorial Design Competition (2005) and took third prize in the Re-Envisioning Gateway National Recreation Area Competition (2007) sponsored by the Van Alen Institute, Columbia University, and the National Park Service. She was a finalist in the City of the Future Competition - Washington, DC (2008) sponsored by the History Channel and received Honorable Mention in the Sichuan Earthquake Memorial International Design Competition (2008) sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, People’s Republic of China. In 2012, Professor McSherry received the William Turnbull Prize from the California Architecture Foundation and the Arid Lands Institute for her watershed-related research. Most recently, she was awarded third place in Terra Dignitas (2015), an international open ideas competition to reinvent public space and commemorate the Revolution of Dignity in Kiev, Ukraine.

Professor McSherry’s writing, design, and photographic work has been published by Actar, Princeton Architectural Press, Architalx, Plurimondi, Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of the American Planning Association, Landscape Architecture, CELA, and ECLAS. Her present work focuses on chronicling a level walk across her home state of New Jersey.