CCL Announces Co-Director Jessica Ellen Sewell

The Center for Cultural Landscapes is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Ellen Sewell as Co-Director! Associate Professor Sewell has a deep background in cultural landscape studies, going back to her graduate work at UC Berkeley, where she received her PhD in Architecture in 2000. Sewell’s work has focused particularly on questions of gender and difference, which are central to her 2011 book, Women and the Everyday City (University of Minnesota Press). In this book she explores San Francisco's public spaces at the turn of the century through an analysis of the relationships between imagined, experienced, and built gendered landscapes. 
 
Sewell joined UVA as an Associate Professor in Urban and Environmental Planning in January of 2016. In addition to exploring the cultural landscapes of American cities, she has also brought her cultural landscapes approach to Chinese cities during the 3½ years she was Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Built Environment Cluster at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou. In collaborations with colleagues there, she created an app, Exploring Suzhou, that students and scholars can use to explore the urban cultural landscapes of Suzhou, a city of 14 million that encompasses both historic gardens and traditional neighborhoods and modern new town development.