Lisa Diedrich studied architecture and urbanism in Paris, Marseille and Stuttgart, science journalism in Berlin and landscape architecture at the University of Copenhagen, where she received her doctoral degree.
Since 1993, she has been a critic and consultant in urban design and landscape architecture. Between 1993 and 2000 she was an editor of Topos European Landscape Magazine and between 2000 and 2006 she worked for Munich's chief architect at the city's public construction department. Since 2006, she has served as the editor-in-chief of the triennial book series Landscape Architecture Europe and of 'scape the international magazine for landscape architecture and urbanism.
In 2007, she moved to academia, teaching and researching in the field of contemporary landscape architecture for universities in Europe and worldwide. At SLU, she is studying critical knowledge practices in support of sustainable transformation of today's urbanising landscapes. She is also developing transdisciplinary strategies for improving climate-change affected water landscapes, and fieldwork methods for capturing and communicating site qualities. She currently directs the research platform SLU Urban Futures.