Dr. Judith Major is a professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Her teaching and research interests include landscape history and theory, environmental planning, and basic design. During her studies–which lead to a Masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania–she gained expertise in the life and work of Andrew Jackson Downing and nineteenth-century American landscape history and theory. Along with her photography, Major is currently writing a book on landscape critic Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer and is helping develop a website for the new Landscape Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, http://www.sahlandscape.org.