Originally from the Netherlands, Paula Meijerink is a Landscape Architect and Associate Professor of landscape architecture at the Ohio State University’s Knowlton School. Her engagement with landscape is from a political perspective and she sees the act of design as agency for change. Her current research on the materiality of landscape includes the introduction of organic life into hostile, human-altered environments within the context of human experience. Much of her work relates to the transformation of impervious surfaces such as asphalt, and she investigates urban forests as the discipline’s most effective means to address climate change while improving the health and wellness of people. Meijerink received her ING degree from Larenstein University in the Netherlands, she studied philosophy at the University of Utrecht and received her Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.