Kirkwood and Kennen published PHYTO together in 2015. It is a substantial work on phytoremediation specifically geared towards the practice of it within landscape architecture.
Niall G. Kirkwood was the Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the GSD from 2003 to 2009. He is the founder and director of the Center for Technology and Environment, a research, advisory, and executive education center at the Harvard GSD. He holds the Dr Gerard O’Hare Visiting Chair at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and has held faculty appointments at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China , Korea University, Seoul, and was on the Advisory Council and External Examiner of Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture, University of Hong Kong (2010-2014).
He teaches, carries out research and publishes on a range of topics related to design, the built environment and the sustainable reuse of land including urban regeneration, landfill and post-mining site reclamation, environmental site technologies and international site development.
Kate Kennen’s firm, Offshoots, is focused on productive planting techniques and phytotechnology consulting.
The firm has won numerous awards for projects integrating plantings to clean up polluted sites. Having spent her childhood at her family’s garden center in central Massachusetts, Kate is well versed in the plants of the Northeast. She completed her undergraduate studies in Landscape Architecture at Cornell University, and received her master’s degree with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previous to opening Offshoots, Kate worked as an Associate at Design Workshop in Aspen, Colorado.