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Nico King



Nico King is a researcher, artist, and landscape architect. She is pursuing her doctorate in Art History, Theory & Criticism with a concentration in Art Practice at the University of California, San Diego. Her current research focuses on speculative landscapes and landscape as theory of utopia. She studied landscape design at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), from where she received her Masters of Science in 2012, and at Cornell University. In 2016, she received her Masters of Arts in the Critical Studies program at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with additional studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

Previously, King worked as a designer in offices for landscape architecture in Vienna and Berlin. She was a research associate on projects focusing on landscape history of the 20th century, Jewish women garden architects, and the building of an archive on the history of landscape architecture in Austria at the Institute of Landscape Architecture of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (2012–2015). She was an editorial trainee and staff member of the urban research magazine dérive. Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung. In 2014, she curated the exhibition The 1964 Vienna International Garden Show—Green Post-War Modernism at the Museum of the City of Vienna.

In her artistic and scholarly work, King negotiates mnemonic instances against their past, present, and future. Among the awards she has received are the Schindler scholarship and residency at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles and the START grant for young architects and designers by the Austrian Federal Chancellery. She has published articles in dérive, Stadt + Grün, Garten + Landschaft, and IUAV Giornale dell’Ateneo, and book chapters on post-industrial mining landscapes; the ready-to-plant leisure garden in the cultural industry; memory in the landscape; concepts of wilderness and nature; as well as the return of the political in park design.

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