Landscape-urbanist and architect
Jessie Marshall Zarazaga's interdisciplinary role at the director of the new Initiative for Spatial Literacy at SMU brings together GIS mapping and analysis, and spatial infrastructure with the growing interest in digital art, and geospatial data. Teaching sustainability & Development in the Lyle school of Engineering, she works across the boundaries of global urban development, sustainable landscape practices and public engagement, exploring ways to connect infrastructure design to community and place. Investigating GIS mapping as a tool for creativity and innovation in engineering education, Zarazaga’s research work focuses on the correspondence between social and environmental aspects of site, explored through space and movement. Her Fulbright at Valparaiso, Chile, investigated devices of landscape as structures for alternative urban orders. In practice, she collaborates on both local and international urban design and planning projects.