Micah Stanek's transdisciplinary landscape architecture practice explores how landscapes constitute social and environmental infrastructures, while looking for the ways landscapes conceal their political dimension. He examines urban ecology in the absence of human intervention and also works with vacant urban lots to enfranchise repressed social possibilities and multiply reduced ecological interactions. Micah’s walking tours encourage St. Louisans to see through the aesthetics of growth and entropy, to interrogate the conditions of the legacy city. His vacant lot projects focus on social engagement strategies and in-situ ecological processes, testing an extensive model of landscape investment for disinvested spaces.
In the classroom and in the field, Micah encourages attention to adaptation and situated knowledge. His teaching encourages 1:1 prototyping, engagement with sites, and contingency planning. In an ongoing research project, Micah compares small town landscape infrastructures across northern India in search of adaptive landscapes that link culture, infrastructure, and changing environmental conditions.
Micah began designing for film and theater at Northwestern University. He developed an interest in landscape research after working as a docent and farmhand at Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in northern India. He has also worked with SCAPE / Landscape Architecture in New York and MU Architecture in Paris.
As a lecturer in Architecture + Landscape Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Micah teaches foundational design studios in architecture and landscape architecture. He teaches a history/theory course on the discipline of landscape architecture as well as research methods and practices.