© Kristin Faurest

Invited Speaker


Kristin Faurest completed her landscape architecture studies at Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary. She also worked and studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England, where she studied at the School of Horticulture and helped maintain the garden’s Japanese landscape. While managing her own design firm for thirteen years — designing educational gardens, private urban gardens and corporate landscapes – she taught master’s of landscape architecture candidates at the IMLA program jointly based at the University of Applied Sciences in Nurtingen-Geislingen, Germany, and the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf Univesrity of Applied Sciences in Freising, Germany — where she is still an affiliated lecturer. With extensive international teaching and research experience focusing on the connection between culture and landscape, Faurest has published widely in journals such as Topos: The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and is the author, co-author or editor of several books, including most recently Community-Built: Art, Construction, Preservation and Place (Routledge, 2017). She currently serves as Director of Education for Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Louisville, Kentucky.

Title: How to promote sustainability on an emotional level by connecting people with nature?