Kate Orff explores the cultural and physical complexity of urban landscapes and their unique textures, ecologies, programs, and publics. She is an Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she teaches graduate design studios and interdisciplinary seminars focused on sustainable development, biodiversity, and community-based change. She is the co-author of Petrochemical America (Aperture Foundation) and co-editor of Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (Princeton). Orff founded SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design office based in Manhattan.