Vanessa is a landscape architect and researcher working between landscape architecture, urbanism and environmental practices.
Vanessa works in between practice and research, with an interest in forms of expression, interpretations and approaches to land, landscape, territory and ‘nature’ both at an intimate level and in different cultural frames.
Her role with Environmental Architecture focuses in engaging the students with experimenting in the representation of organic and complex systems, timeliness, trans-scalarity and other intangible factors that make an environment.
She holds an MA Environmental Architecture from the Royal College of Art and MArch with distinction from the University of Florence in Italy.
School, Centre or Area
Vanessa is interested in observation and alternative ways of seeing. Her ongoing explorations are on representation and image making through the lens of different perspective for environmental and landscape studies.
Vanessa practices as a landscape architect mainly in London, where she has worked on a number of situated and international public urban landscape projects.
Her current practice investigates urban wilding, how to live with the other non-human species in the city, and the carbon traces of the European tree supply chain.
She pursues an approach to design that is both generous and subtle, able to embody the spontaneous developments and transformations that come with habitation, of human and non-human alike.
Lastrucci, V. (2019) The salt flat that protects itself, A case for the Rights of Nature, in Ri_Vista vol.17 1/2019, Firenze University Press.
External collaborations and activities
Vanessa is a Correspondent for the Landscape Research Group, for which she occasionally writes. She is also a member of the Landscape Institute.
Environmental Architecture studio (RS1), 2021-22:
- Chenvei Gao
- Yingchi Chen
- Jie Li
- Zhengli Chen
- Yue Yu