Kathleen Bakewell

Founder, Executive Director, Biocities



Kathleen Bakewell is a New York-based, landscape architect and Founding Principal of Brook Farm Group. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of BioCities, a non-profit dedicated to urban ecosystems with a specific interest in the interdependence and linkages between humans and nature. BioCities promotes urban agriculture through its built work and held a major symposium, “How Food Systems Shape Cities: Ecological and Economic Perspectives” in New York City in May 2012. It is currently developing building integrated agriculture – a soil-based rooftop farm in collaboration with a proprietary hydroponic growing facility, set in an incubator space operating within an industrial symbiosis framework. In her landscape architectural practice, Kathleen has designed landscapes ranging from large planning projects such as the 600 acre Cacique Costa Rica, to small urban spaces that include a habitat green roof for New York University. Her clients include Machado and Silvetti Associates, Morphosis, Buro Happold, Columbia University, The Usdan Center and Sustainable South Bronx. She serves on the Board of Advisors for FarmingUp, and is a Founding Director of Our Growing Place at Gracie Mansion, a children’s food growing and cooking program. She has taught and lectured widely on the design of high performance landscapes, ecological infrastructure and urban agriculture at Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Yale, and the NJIT.

MLA in Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
BA in Film Animation, Columbia College

LEED Accredited Professional: Neighborhood Development, Building Design + Construction
Registered Landscape Architect: New York, New Jersey

Design for Sustainability and Resilience