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Praising a productive five-year professorship

Published: 18 December 2020
Andrea Kahn

With the year coming to an end, Andrea Kahn is completing her five-year position as adjunct professor at the department of landscape architecture, planning and management. It is with great gratitude we look back at Andrea’s time with us at SLU.

Especially appreciated is her significant contribution to the development of the landscape field at SLU and in particular the establishment of SLU Landscape

A renowned design scholar and professional having taught at recognized universities in North America and internationally, Andrea has brought international contacts, expertise in design thinking, and models of inter- and transdisciplinary research to SLU, all of which she introduced into her teaching and research at the LAPF department and beyond. 

With invaluable intellectual competences and collaborative power Andrea Kahn has also led the Synthesis Lab at SLU Urban Futures, where she established an international work group around methodologies for strategic synthesis and presenting the work at international conferences while also being recognized by leading research founders:

At SLU Urban Futures’ Criticality Lab, she has been the master mind of a series of internationally appreciated Ph.D. courses on criticality’s role in research. She has also been a much valuable co-supervisor to one of the department’s Ph.D. student.  

Author of numerous publications for professional and scholarly audiences, she has just completed the second edition of her seminal book Site Matters: Strategies for Uncertainty Through Planning and Design (Kahn A & Burns C, eds,  2020), first released in 2005, and widely used in SLU landscape’s education and research. For the second edition Andrea invited design experts of SLU Landscape’s design community to author chapters. The release of the second edition is scheduled for December 21, 2020.

We hope to (and have already started to) maintain collaboration with Andrea through her office designCONTENT and are also wishing her all the best for the future!


SLU Landscape
SLU Landscape operates as a cross-institutional network for collaboration and joint profiling of work done in the landscape subject area at SLU. It is one of the largest environments for research and teaching in landscape architecture in Europe.