Lisa Orr's lifelong fascination with Appalachia's rural cemeteries began when
she was just 11 years old during a visit with her family to the rolling hills
of Preston County, where she attended the funeral of her great-grandmother. She
was inspired so much that this topic became a life-long-learning pursuit, becoming the
subject of her research in graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley
and continuing at WVU, where she serves as assistant professor of landscape
This month, Orr's years of research and dedicated work are being highlighted in a feature piece titled "Request Not Found" in a premier publication for landscape architecture, Landscape Architecture Magazine.