Molly Catherine Briggs

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

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Molly Catherine Briggs is a design theorist, landscape scholar, and studio practitioner whose research bridges scholarship and creative practice. She teaches design theory, methods, and history with an emphasis on reading, representing, and reimagining the shape of built space. She holds an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University and a PhD in Landscape Architecture History and Theory from Illinois. Her dissertation, The Panoramic Mode: Immersive Media and the Large Parks Movement (2018), examines the affiliation of large urban park landscapes in Europe and the United States with nineteenth-century virtual reality media.

Professor Briggs is the recipient of numerous scholarly, creative, and pedagogical grants, awards, and recognitions. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the International Panorama Council (2018–2021) and is a member of the College Art Association and the Society of Architectural Historians. She has been represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago since 2004.

Research interests: the built environment, immersive media, visual culture, and design theory.