Master of Landscape Architecture, Virginia Tech, 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Covenant College, 2003
Rob Holmes joined the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture in 2016, where he teaches design studios and courses in landscape architectural history, theory, and contemporary issues. He is also co-founder of the Dredge Research Collaborative, which investigates human sediment handling practices through publications, the DredgeFest event series, and various other projects, and co-author of Mammoth, a blog about infrastructures, logistics, landscapes, and architectural possibilities.
Holmes’s research is primarily concerned with how infrastructures constructed in support of urbanization relate to landscape change. In exploring these relationships, he develops and utilizes new methodologies for transdisciplinary design, fieldwork, synthetic cartography, public engagement, and the design of speculative futures. In addition to testing methodologies, this work critically maps the development of infrastructural systems, produces contributions to contemporary landscape theory, and proposes new forms of infrastructure that are polyfunctional, adaptive, and generative.
Current projects include the “Four Coasts” project, an examination of the role of sediment as infrastructure in four coastal regions of North America with the Dredge Research Collaborative, and design research on hydrological control infrastructures in south Florida, supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Prior to joining Auburn, Holmes practiced landscape architecture in Virginia, with Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, and taught in Florida, Virginia, Louisiana, and Ohio.