Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder

Kathleen Kambic



Kathleen Kambic graduated from the University of Virginia in 2005 with a Master of Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture. Kathy has been teaching at the University of Colorado since 2007. Her research interests include urban water decline, site works and hydrologic materials research. She has previously worked in both architecture and landscape firms in Charlottesville, Virginia and Denver, Colorado.  Her work experience encompasses large-scale urban design projects to small single family homes. She has participated in multiple national design competitions and is a member of the ASLA, CELA, EDRA and ACSA.

Infrastructure by its nature is developed through a priori thinking; it is about economy, delivery and scale. Designers are trying to engage infrastructure as a de post facto layer of the city, investigating the points where human interaction occur, usually at the end of the pipe – the service point, and struggling with the entire construction of the infrastructure as a place for interaction and habitation, rather than just using it as an industrial ruin.  In an effort to understand and impact the shifting urban realities of water contamination, reduced access to water and the hidden aspects of water infrastructure, I have been exploring the worsening global conditions of water, studying urban watersheds, and examining existing water control systems to modify the urban experience, water infrastructure and urban infrastructure, which are potentially overlapping and symbiotic systems that can occupy the marginalized spaces of the city.


  • University of Virginia: Master of Landscape Architecture 2005
  • Master of Architecture 2005
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture 1999

Research Interests

  • Water
  • Urban Systems
  • Infrastructure
  • Political Ecology
  • Landscape

Courses Taught


  • Studio 6 Landscape Architecture Studio: New Strategies for the Los Angeles River, advanced studio Spring 2014.
  • Studio 5 Architecture Studio: Leadville Hot Shot Station, advanced undergraduate studio, Fall 2013.
  • Praxis Studio 4: Water in the World, undergraduate studio, Spring 2013.
  • Studio 2 Sustainable Planning Studio: Boulder Corridors, undergraduate studio, Fall 2012.
  • Studio 3 Conservation Landscape Studio: Olympic Pool Complex, undergraduate studio, Spring 2012. (2 sections)
  • Studio 3 Architecture Studio: Print Lab, undergraduate studio Fall 2011.
  • Studio 2 Sustainable Planning Studio: Boulder Corridors, undergraduate studio Fall 2011.
  • Design and Communication 1, undergraduate introductory studio Fall 2011.
  • Studio 2 Architecture studio: DRAW OUT / Library in Bologna, undergraduate studio Summer 2011.
  • Studio 3 Conservation Landscape Studio: Nordic Training Track / Seed Vault, undergraduate studio Spring 2011.
  • Studio 2 Architecture studio: Urban Farm, undergraduate studio Fall 2010.
  • Studio 1 Introduction to Design: Rio Grande Gorge Path and Place, graduate studio, Fall 2008.
  • Studio 5/6 Comprehensive graduate studio: Gates Rubber Plant, Fall 2007.


  • History 2: MEDIUM / Landscape studies, undergraduate lecture, Spring 2014.
  • Architectural History 1: Pre-History through the Renaissance, undergraduate lecture, Fall 2013.
  • Architectural History 2: Baroque to Present Day, undergraduate lecture, Fall 2012.


  • Landscape Theory, undergraduate seminar, Fall 2013.
  • Praxis Seminar: Water in the World, undergraduate seminar, Spring 2013.
  • Landscape Theory, undergraduate seminar, Fall 2012.
  • Special Topics “Water Measure”, undergraduate seminar, Spring 2012.
  • Special Topics “Water Measure”, graduate seminar, Spring 2011.
  • Special Topics “Water Measure”, graduate/undergraduate seminar, Spring 2010. with Paul Lander, Dept. of Geography.
  • Special Topics “Hydro”, undergraduate seminar, Spring 2009.
  • Introduction to Design, undergraduate seminar, Fall 2009.

Selected Publications

  • “The Infrastructural Era - Garden in the Machine” in R O O T 2010. This article addresses the theoretical structure for water based design education.

  • “massive change, required - nine axioms for the future of landscape (architecture)” in Kerb 17: Spring 2009. Coauthored with Joern Langhorst. Peer reviewed. This article is an antidote to the commodification of landscape as product, such as planned communities, nebulous ‘park/river districts’ and regurgitated responses to urban problems.