As a landscape architect and urban designer, Kate Rodgers enjoys working at a range of scales, from large parks to intimate garden spaces. She spent her childhood moving with her family from Hawaii to Maine, Japan to California, and more, fostering an early appreciation for the nuances that make different regions special. In 2009 after completing architectural studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, she designed homes where the harsh Texas climate emphasized the sensitive interplay of structures and water. After a couple of years working in the Southwest, she accepted a design fellowship in Tuscany. It was in the vibrant Italian piazzas that she developed her love for public spaces and decided to devote her life to designing landscapes.
While pursuing her Masters of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, Kate won the John Dixon Hunt Prize in History, Theory, and Criticism, led the production of the inaugural issue of LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, and was chosen to lead Penn’s Roma 2025 team, the work of which was featured in the MAXXI museum in Rome. After graduate school, Kate practiced in New York City focusing on high-profile urban parks with complex sites, and on public waterfronts where the criticality of water takes on different implications than in the arid southwest.
Now in Miami, utterly immersed in trees and water bodies, Kate wields her varied skills and experience to design thoughtful and exuberant landscapes that reconnect us with the larger natural systems she finds so inspiring. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, drawing those new places, and running with her ever-energetic dog Luna.
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Texas at San Antonio