Karen Lutsky

Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

Director of Undergraduate Studies of Landscape Architecture

Director of the Great Lakes Design Labs

Karen's design interests focus on how landscape architects and designers might better design 'with' changing landscapes. Her more recent work in this realm engages methods of curious and multi-scalar site investigations and a particular emphasis on quick littoral landscapes of the Great Lakes Basin, slow-growing trees, and emergent vegetation. In 2022, her co-authored book, Five Bay Landscapes: Curious Explorations of the Great Lakes Basin, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her work and writings can also be found in various publications and books, including Places Journal, The Third Coast Atlas, Conceptual Landscapes, 30 Trees and Why Landscape Architects Love Them, Scenario Journal, and MinnLab Publications. You can learn more about her ongoing projects, publications, teaching, and collaborations at the Great Lakes Design Labs website.


BA, Brandeis University

MLA, University of Pennsylvania

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  • LA 3001: Understanding Landscape Space Studio
  • LA 5302: The Ecological Dimensions of Space Studio

Karen Lutsky

Karen Lutzky


144 Rapson
89 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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