Molly Catherine Briggs

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

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Molly Catherine Briggs is a design theorist, landscape historian, 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 a PhD in Landscape Architecture History and Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. 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 as Co-President of the International Panorama Council (Switzerland) and is a member of the College Art Association, the Design Research Society, and the Society of Architectural Historians. She has been represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago since 2004.

Research interests: the built environment, landscape representation, immersive media, visual culture, flat ontologies, spatial epistemologies, design pedagogy, design theory.