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Faculty Profile
Deborah Ku

Deborah  Ku

Assistant Professor

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206 Marshall Hall


2011 M.ARCH, University of Virginia

2007 B.S. Arch with Honors, University of Virginia

Teaching and Research Interests

Deborah teaches in the Foundation Design and Representation sequence in the Landscape Architecture department. She earned her B.S. ARCH and M.ARCH from the University of Virginia where she was immersed in an interdisciplinary design education, integrating lessons from architecture, landscape, urban planning, and history. She has carried these interdisciplinary principles into professional practice as a landscape architect as well as now into beginning design pedagogy. Prior to joining the faculty at ESF, Deborah taught and coordinated the first year undergraduate architecture design studios at Auburn University. Her teaching is rooted in drawing from the powerful relationships between buildings and sites, and fostering the healthy dialog between disciplines. 

Her research focuses on the scholarship of teaching--particularly within the beginning design sequence. Her pedagogical approach is based on a hands-on learning model, where thinking and making are inextricably linked.