Smith College Appoints First Landscape Studies Faculty Member
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Smith College Landscape Studies Program – the first at an undergraduate liberal arts institution in this country – announced the appointment of its inaugural faculty member. Nina Antonetti, a lecturer at Smith since 1999, will become assistant professor of landscape studies July 1, 2006.
Landscape studies focuses on the evolving relationship between humans and natural and built environments. Antonetti is an expert on socialized landscapes, public landscapes such as Central Park and the Appalachian Trail, which foster diversity on common ground.
After receiving her doctorate in landscape and architectural history from the Victorian Study Centre at the University of London in 1997, Antonetti has held research positions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has also taught at a number of institutions, including Mount Holyoke College, New York Botanical Garden, Bard College and the University of Hartford.
Among Antonetti’s areas of expertise are the American garden and playgrounds. She was the principal designer for the Fort Hill Playground at Smith, which is slated for completion in the spring of 2006.
Antonetti is currently completing a book about socialized landscapes and beginning a biography of the internationally acclaimed landscape architect and Smith alumna Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.
“Nina has been instrumental in launching our program,” said Ann Leone, professor of French studies and director of the landscape studies program.
Smith provides an ideal setting for the study of human interaction with its natural and built environment. Its campus is a botanic garden and an arboretum designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, the creator of Central Park. The 125-acre campus includes a man-made pond, classroom, residential and recreational space, and a Museum of Art.
Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.
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