Ellen Braae

Ellen Braae


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Ellen Braae is professor of landscape architecture theory and method and head of the research group ‘Landscape Architecture and Urbanism’. Ellen is trained as an architect and landscape architect from the Aarhus School of Architecture, where she also got her PhD. Ellen has several years of practice experience, including her own office. 

Ellen's research interests include questions related to the preservation and transformation of the postindustrial urban landscape. I.e. design and transformation, theory and practice of cultural heritage in general and 'green heritage' in particular, ecology and aesthetics, landscape architecture theories and methods, landscaping tools in a historical perspective, landscape theory, industrial culture, fordism and postfordism, spatial theory, design theory and landscape based urban development. From an overall perspective Ellen focus on urban development and the meaning, appearance and function of the open spaces/landscapes.

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Together with Henriette Steiner, Ellen is the editor of the forthcoming volume Routledge Companion to Landscape Architecture. The volume will contain twenty-five chapters and provide a comprehensive entry into state-of-the-art research in the field of Landscape Architecture. Questions of politics, ethics and sustainability will run through many of the contributions, so will questions of aesthetics and/or design. The list of contributors includes: Tom Avermaete (TU Delft), Peter Carl (London Metropolitan University), Lisa Diedrich (Swedish University of Agricultural Science), Christophe Girot (ETH Zurich), Eric Haldenby (University of Waterloo), Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen), Gini Lee (University of Melbourne), Martin Prominski (Leibniz Universität Hannover) and Anne Spirn (MIT).


Ellen's teaching and supervision focus on strategic design / transformation of urbanized areas with a special attention towards cultural heritage, urban development and climate change adaptation.

She supervises on bachelor, master and PhD level. Ellen is course responsible for the 15 ECTS MSc Urbanism Studio [https://kurser.ku.dk/course/lnak10082u/2016-2017] taught together with PhD-fellow Anne Madsbjerg and Professor Gertrud Jørgensen. Together with Associate Professor Svava Riesto Ellen is responsible for the 15 ECTS MSc course Theories and Methods in Landscape Architecture [https://kurser.ku.dk/course/lnak10054u/2016-2017], which they teach together with Associate Professor Peter Lundsgaard Hansen and this year also with Velux Visiting Professor from TU Delft, Tom Avermaete.

Within recent years Ellen have annually offered a PhD-course in collaboration with PhD-fellows and colleges from the Research Group for Landscape Architecture and Urbamism.

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