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Orr, Elisabeth

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Elisabeth (Lisa) Orr, RLA, ASLA, a licensed landscape architect, received her MLA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. She has practiced landscape architecture and environmental planning in California, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for nearly 15 years. She is Owner and Principal of Radish Studio, a landscape architecture practice in Pittsburgh, PA founded in 2011. Ms. Orr, a native of West Virginia, joined the faculty of the Landscape Architecture Program at West Virginia University as Assistant Professor in 2012. Her research investigates cultural landscapes in Appalachia, particularly cemeteries in West Virginia. Through the lens of cultural landscape analysis, Ms. Orr seeks to reveal, interpret and support the preservation of the region’s often overlooked burial landscapes.

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  1. Orr, E. (2015-16). Country cemeteries and churchyards: Enduring cultural landscapes in Appalachia. Landscape Research Record, IV. This paper received the ‘Most Outstanding Paper Award’ in March 2016 from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.
  2. Orr, E. (2015-16). Cultural Landscapes and The National Map: Examining the U.S. Geological Survey’s shifting priorities in the digital age [Abstract]. The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, annual conference, March 23-26, 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT.
  3. Orr, E. (2016) Why Cemeteries Matter: Mapping Cultural Resources in the Digital Age [Abstract]. The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, annual conference, September 22-24, 2016 to be held in Beverly, WV.
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