Object + Field embodies the practice of Cecil Howell. The studio is equal parts Design, Art, and Research. The work explores our relationship to the landscape, with the belief that our built environment is as much a series of questions as it is a physical form.


A Biography of a River
Cartographies of Time
Water as Cake
Pinehurst Farm
Summer Folly
Shape of Time
Tech Campus
Seed Dispersal
Under the Weather



Cecil Howell
Design, Art, and Research

Cecil Howell is a designer, whose practice ranges from mapping, to product design, to landscape architecture. Her work is an exploration of place: how it is formed, how we are entangled with it, and how we can design it. Growing up in the woods of New York, her love of land is rooted in childhood walks through the forest, observing a successive ecosystem regenerating over remnant stone walls and farmlands.

Cecil approaches her work through studying how spaces are formed over time through the dynamic interactions of geological, cultural, and ecological forces. The start of any project begins with questions which eventually leads towards examining spatial data, scientific research, journalism, and historical narratives. Through research, model making, writing, and drawing she is interested in creating narratives that tell the complex stories of a place; expanding our perspective and dialogue. This work is the point of departure for her landscape projects and the basis for much of her visual art. 

After 9 years of working for multiple award-winning firms, including Hargreaves, Future Green, and Margie Ruddick Landscape, Cecil created her own studio and collaborative: Object + Field, in order to expand her practice beyond the built environment and into artistic explorations of the human imagination.


University of California, Berkeley
Master of Landscape Architecture, 2010
Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts, 2005, major in Biology and Environmental Science

Work Experience
Founder, Object + Field, 2019
Associate, Margie Ruddick Landscape, 2016 to 2018
Associate, Future Green Studio 2012-2015
Designer, Hargreaves Associates 2010-2012
Intern, Terreform, 2009
Horticultural Intern, Battery Garden Conservancy, 2008

Exhibitions, Residencies, and Publications

Exhibition, Flathead Biological Research Station, a group exhibition at the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center, Bigfork, MT
Exhibition, The Shape of Time, a solo exhbition at the 100 W Corsicana Bookstore and Gallery, Corsicana, TX
Finalist for Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture
Essay, An Atlas Adrift, published in Spring 2021 edition of Orion Magazine
Artist Residency, Blue Mountain Lake Center, New York
Artist Residency, Oak Spring Garden, Virginia
Artist Residency, 100 W Corsicana
Artist Residency, Fire Island National Seashore
Graphic narrative, in collaboration with researcher group on the Impacts of Mining on Salmonoid Watersheds, to be published in 2021

Panelist, Art’s Affinity with Nature, at the Broto Conference
Presenting Artist for MacDowell Annual Benefit
Essay, Water as Cake, published in Burnaway Magazine
Artist Residency, The Barbara and Thomas Putnam Fellow at MacDowell, New Hampshire

Exhibition, Recycled and Reused, a group exhibition at Site Gallery, New York
Exhibition, Translating Place, a group exhibition at the University of Montana
Artist Residency, Western Montana Creative Initiatives Artist-in-Residence, Montana
Artist Residency, Tongass National Forest Voices of the Wilderness, Alaska
Artist Residency, Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

2011 - 2018
Exhibition, Tides of October, a group exhibition which I co-curated, on the Gowanus Canal, New York
Exhibition, Chaumont International Garden Festival, France (in collaboration with Future Green Studio)
Exhibition, 365 Days of Print, a group exhibition at DUMBO Arts Festival, New York
Exhibition, Senescence, a group exhibition at I-Park, Connecticut
Exhibition, Specific Environments: Landscape as Metaphor, a group exhibition at the Lincoln Center Gallery, Colorado
Exhibition, Mapworks -- the Map as Art, a group exhibition at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, California
Landscape Architecture Projects

2019 - 2021
Tencent Corporate Campus, conceptual design through construction of a 12-acre campus in Beijing, China. In collaboration with Maya Lin and Edwina von Gal.
Pinehurst Farm, masterplan for a 400-acre farm in Springfield Center, New York.

2015 - 2018
Resilient by Design, conceptual plan for Climate Change in Vallejo, California. Work completed while employed with Margie Ruddick Landscape.
Detroit Learning Lab, conceptual and schematic design for school in Detroit, Michigan. Work completed while employed with Margie Ruddick Landscape.
1199 Ludlow, conceptual design through construction of a new development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Work completed while employed with Margie Ruddick Landscape.
Olana Summerhouse, conceptual design of a new structure at Olana. The work was featured in the group exhibition Follies, Function, and Form: Imagining Olana’s Summerhouse. Work completed while employed with Margie Ruddick Landscape.

2013 - 2015
La Central Housing Development, conceptual design through design development for a 5-building development and park in the Bronx, New York. Work completed while employed with Future Green Studio.
Half Street, conceptual design of a shared street in Washington, D.C. Work completed while employed with Future Green Studio.
Empire Stores, Conceptual design through design development of a 50,000 SF rooftop park in Brooklyn, New York. Work completed while employed with Future Green Studio.

2011 - 2013
New Orleans Redevelopment Study, masterplan for facade renovation strategy in New Orleans, Louisiana. Work completed while interning with Tulane City Center.
Exxon Corporate Campus, construction documentation for a 400-acre corporate campus in Texas. Work completed while employed by Hargreaves Associates.
Destination Bayfront, conceptual design for a 34-acre waterfront park in Corpus Christi, Texas. Work completed while employed by Hargreaves Associates.
Ribbon Park, conceptual design for a 30-hectare waterfront park in Tianjin, China. Work completed while employed by Hargreaves Associates.