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Professor, Master of Landscape Architecture

Professor Virginia L. Russell, FASLA, RLA, LEED AP, GRP is a Fellow and a former national Vice President of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), a registered Landscape Architect, an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP), and a Professor of Landscape Architecture. She is the founding director of the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Landscape Architecture and Urban Horticulture Programs. She is featured in the book about pioneers in the green roof and green wall industry called The Rise of Living Architecture (GRHC 2012). She was a member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) Research Committee (2013-2018) and is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Living Architecture. Russell is the Director of Pedagogy for the Greater Ohio Living Architecture Center of Excellence. Recent professional projects include green roof feasibility studies for the Cincinnati Main Library, Lloyd Library, and UC Hospitals, conceptual building design and sustainable strategies for Fernald Nature Preserve Visitors Center (the first LEED Platinum project in Ohio), and a preliminary site management plan for the US World Heritage site of Troy in Turkey. Her research and practice most recently have been focused on the role of vegetated roofs in stormwater management and the pedagogy of living architecture. She has been a Mind Body Trainer for the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness since 2016.


Lecture Description: Living architecture is here to stay. Trends in architecture and urban design point to broader awareness and support for increasing biomass in the urban environment. Living roofs and walls are a green infrastructure tool to address the critical issues like urban heat island, water and air quality, Combined Sewer Overflow, and the absence of biomass and biodiversity in our cities. This presentation will give you an overview of the benefits, design, research, regulations for living roof technologies as well as an introduction to the living roof network.