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Zannah Matson

Assistant Teaching Professor of Landscape Architecture
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Zannah Matson’s research and design work focuses on the histories and contemporary reinterpretations of landscapes throughout processes of colonization, violence, and state infrastructure projects. Her current work traces the afterlives of coloniality through the visuality and highway construction in Colombia’s Eastern piedmont landscapes. She is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and a doctoral candidate in human geography at the University of Toronto.

Matson previously held the Design for Spatial Justice Fellowship at the University of Oregon Department of Landscape Architecture, and has taught at Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

She has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and in professional practice has worked with Public Work, MassLBP, and for OPSYS Landscape Infrastructure Lab as project manager and lead exhibition designer for the Canada Pavilion at the Venice 2016 Biennale Architettura.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Human Geography, University of Toronto (in progress)
    • Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
    • Honors Bachelor of Arts, Peace and Conflict Studies, Environment and Society, Urban Studies, University of Toronto
  • Honors + Awards


    • Joseph A May Scholarship, University of Toronto
    • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, SSHRC


    • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto


    • Teaching Creativity Travel Award, Harvard University
      Penny White Research Award, Harvard University


    • Fulbright Canada Student Scholarship, Fulbright Foundation
  • Exhibitions + Productions


    • Golden Reflections / Ghostly Projections
      Installation included in: The bank, the mine, the colony, the crime
      Toronto, Ontario [with C. Alton]


    • Landmines and Landgrabs
      Landscape remediation and infrastructure development in post-war Colombia
      XX Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Valparaíso Chile [with J. Moginot]


    • EXTRACTION Canada Pavilion
      Architettura Biennale di Venezia, Venice Italy [with OPSYS]
  • Expertise
    • Landscape and Conflict
    • The Politics of Landscape Representation
    • Infrastructure Studies
    • Colonialism and Imperialism and Landscape Studies
    • Latin American Landscape Representation