Azzurra Cox comes to landscape architecture by way of her love of cities and her commitment to public space—as well as her obsession with rows of poplars and stands of aspens. Her childhood in Florence, Italy, and Charlottesville, Virginia, gave her an appreciation of vastly different notions of landscape, which she further developed living in cities including NYC, Chennai, and Lisbon. Her interdisciplinary background in social theory and the humanities informs her approach to the discipline, including her interest in the power of landscape to shape and reflect collective social narratives.
Azzurra holds an MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard College. She was named the 2016 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation and is pursuing ongoing research on landscapes of memory in St. Louis. She brings a range of professional experiences in the worlds of education and policy reform, publishing, and curation.