Kate Orff is a landscape architect based in lower Manhattan, and an Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, leading studios that integrate the earth sciences into the design curriculum. She aims to create urban landscapes that are culturally rich, ecologically and programmatically textured, and interwoven into the surrounding urban network. After graduating from the University of Virginia with Distinction, Kate Orff earned a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. She has worked on projects for many prominent academic institutions and private clients that have been published nationally and internationally. She trained for several years with the landscape architecture and planning firm Hargreaves Associates and with the Dutch architect/urbanist Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and founded the design office SCAPE in New York City shortly thereafter.