Kelly Curl is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Curl is originally from Pennsylvania, where she first learned about landscape architecture while attending the Pennsylvania Governor’s School in the Agricultural Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Science and Mathematics at Villanova University. In 2002, she received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving her MLA, she moved to San Francisco and worked at PWP Landscape Architecture, Inc., and became an Associate in 2005. At PWP, Curl’s past projects include The Cleveland Clinic, National 9/11 Memorial, San Jose International Airport, Novartis Headquarters, and the University of California – Merced.
Curl was appointed as an Assistant Professor at CSU in 2010. Curl has taught both undergraduate and graduate design studios, landscape drawing, digital methods, advanced site engineering, professional practice and design seminars. In 2015, Curl was awarded the College of Agricultural Science’s Charles N. Shepardson Faculty Teaching Award. Curl’s past research worked with land reclamation within post-mined landscapes. Her pedagogical research in landscape architecture is through analog, digital, and hybrid illustration. Her essay, titled Ideation of Landscape Representation was published in the book Representing Landscapes: Hybrid. The chapter also includes selected CSU Landscape Architecture student drawings that display various techniques of making hybrid drawings. More recently, Curl was awarded the 2017-2018 CSU Water Center Faculty Fellow grant for her upcoming research on the integration of green infrastructure in land use planning and water planning.
Curl is very involved in many service activities at the College and Departmental level. She is actively involved as a member of the President’s Commission for Women and Gender Equity, the College and Departmental Scholarship Application Committee, and the Student Social Activities Committee. Curl is also faculty advisor for the Student Chapter of ASLA (SCASLA—please link to the SCASLA article in the same issue here) and assists the student group in the planning efforts of our annual LA Days spring lecture series. She also holds a position on the Steering Committee for the new CSU Richardson Design Center which is to be built by spring 2019.
Kelly and her husband, Ryan, have two young children, Savanna and Caden. They enjoy various outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, backpacking and rock climbing.