Departments of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
5234 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403
Roxi Thoren is Associate Professor in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, where she teaches urban design, ecological urbanism, and cultural identity theory. Thoren received her Master’s degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia, and her BA from Wellesley College. She has worked for architectural firms in Boston, Charlottesville, and Philadelphia. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of multiple awards, including Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture paper of the year and design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.
From both Thomas Jefferson’s “Academical Village” and the Wellesley campus (designed by the Olmsted Brothers), Thoren learned how landscapes can educate and form communities. Her research is focused in two areas: the theory of cultural sustainability, and the technical tools of sustainable design.
In the first, she researches the relationship between physical environments, cultural identity, and design production. Her work investigates the understanding of site in art, architecture and landscape architecture, and its use as a marker and locus of identity. She has written articles on landscape and vernacular architecture as sources of identity, and is currently writing a book exploring the ways architecture reflects and informs cultural identity, using contemporary Icelandic case studies.
In the second realm, she researches urban design structured on ecological and environmental processes. Through case studies, competitions, and public-service studios, she investigates the hybrid ecologies of urban neighborhoods. Primary design investigations include water quality improvement, energy independence, and urban agriculture, all at the neighborhood scale. Current research includes a study of ecological neighborhoods in the Pacific Northwest.