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Catherine Harris

  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Art & Ecology



  • MFA, Stanford University
  • MLA, University of California, Berkeley


  • Post-human Studies
  • Trans-species Studies
  • Virtual Reality in Landscape Architecture

Assistant Professor Harris' Visual Portfolio

Catherine Page Harris, Interdisciplinary Assistant Professor, teaches Art and Ecology and Landscape Architecture at the University of New Mexico in a split position with the College of Fine Arts and the School of Architecture and Planning. She received her BA from Harvard University, 1988, MLA from UC Berkeley, 1997, and MFA from Stanford University, 2005. Harris works in art/design, and digital/analog expressions. Her built work resides at Marble House Project, Dorset, VT, Deep Springs College, White Mountains, CA, McCovey Field, SF, CA and The Violin Shop in Albuquerque, NM, among other sites. Recent projects include sharing a drink, using video to create 3D forms based on how animals drink water, and blowing up the dam an investigation through visualization of removing Cochiti Dam on the Rio Grande. Trans-species Repast–sharing meals with animals throughout northern Denmark and Vermont, USA is an exploration of hierarchy, resources and landscape–and Algaeic Infrastructure–a flexible recycled cardboard modular sculpture shown with High Desert Test Site and at the Balloon Museum of Albuquerque developed with Alex Webb and Nina Dubois. Trans-species Repast was recently shown at the UNM Art Museum(2016), the Land Shape Festival (2015) in Hanstholm, DK, Marble House Project, Dorset, VT(2015) and the Wignall Museum, CA, (2014). Current research includes “sharing a drink” at SFAI. Pedagogical foci include systems, virtual reality, and video in landscape architecture, designing for climate change and introducing design skills into art practice.


LA 503: Resilient design and systems in landscape architecture, currently focusing on resilient communities in the arid southwest.

LA 563: Contemporary Theory in Landscape Architecture,

ARTS 141: Intro to Art & Ecology

The Many Challenges of Dining with Animals, Matthew Irwin, 10/8/2015

Exhibition’s meals between animals and humans challenges assumption that we stand atop hierarchy of life, Jackie Jadrnak, Albuquerque Journal North, 10/2/2015

"Art & Ecology, Exploring the origin of Food through art, Edible Santa Fe, 2015

Landscape Research Record No. 2, Morphogenesis in the Landscape 2014

"Media-N," trans-species habitat essay 2013

"Between Ecological Art & Design, Infrastructural Intervention," Arid Journal 2013

"Dipodomys merriami: Desert Rat," Arid Journal 2012

"Trans-species Habitat" ISEA Machine Wilderness Catalog essay 2012

Walking and the Artist Residency or the 21st Century Flaneur, CELA 2009

"Five Stories, a life in art," thesis for Master of Fine Arts 2005

"Chris Grubbs, Illustrator," in Landscape Architecture Magazine 2001

"Dirt on Broadway", thesis for Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture 1997

Sylvan Delta, published by left hand books, NY 1993

Navajo, NM, Red Lake Chapter, Navajo Nation, 2015

Town ScenariosRed Water Pond Road Community, Navajo Nation, 2017

Resilient Community Green School Board, 2014

Cien Aguas International School, Albuquerque, NM Coors and Montano: Community Performance Space, Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association, 2015

Interim Uses Alvarado and Eastern, Cien Aguas International School, 2014

Proforma and Development plan, Cien Aguas International School, 2014

Coors and Montano: Bosque Interwoven Community, Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association, 2012

Funded Residency, Marble House Project, Dorset, Vermont 2015

CFA Research Grant, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 2015

Barrett Honors Thesis External Reviewer, Arizona State University,Herberger Inst. Tempe, AZ, 2015

Wallenberg Studio Reviewer, University of Michigan, School of Architecture, Ann Arbor, MI, 2013

Frontier Fellow Epicenter, Green River, UT 2013

Research Development Grant, with Michaele Pride (PI) and others UNM School of Architecture and Planning, Albuquerque, NM, 2012

CFA Research Grant, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 2011

PLAND residency with Topo- graphia Collective, PLAND, Tres Piedres, NM, 2010-2011

Arts and Humanities at the LTER, Andrews Experimental Forest, FR 130, Oregon, 2010

Arts and Humanities at the LTER, Workgroup, Estes Park, CO, 2010
Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 2010

Foodshed Field School, Bruce Milne (PI) and others, USDA,Albuquerque, NM, 2010-2012

CFA Seed Grant, College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico $4,000 Albuquerque, NM, 2010

CFA Research Grant, College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 2009

Murphy Cadogan Award, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA 2004

Funded Residency, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, UT 2003

Full Fellowship Recipient, Vermont Studio Center,Johnson,VT 2003

Shows and exhibitions

Trans-species Repast, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM 2016

Trans-species Repast, Landmark, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM 2015

Trans-species Repast, LandShape, LandShape Symposium, North Jutland, DK 2015

Algaeic Infrastructure, Transport, Albuquerque Balloon Museum, Albuquerque, NM 2015

Trans-species Repast, Home ECOnomics, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamunga, CA 2014

Algaeic Infrastructure, High Desert Test Site, Montessa Park, Albuquerque, NM, 2013

Reflection, The Artists’ View, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM 2013
At the Same Table, The Artists’ View, Highland University Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NM 2013

Waterline, Storefront Lab, Deep Craft, San Francisco, CA 2012
Circumnavigation, Transformative Surfaces, UNM Art Museum Albuquerque, NM 2012

Eden Again, ISEA Machine Wilderness, Downtown Action Team Space, Albuquerque, NM 2012

Maquette, Seed Table, Matters Show,The Bakery Collective, Los Angeles, CA 2011

Dipodemys merramai, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, NM 2011