Katherine Rinne's professional design work has focused on large-scale urban design and planning projects such as the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she was a member of the design team. Her other major projects have included the master plan for the secondary urban center at Kapolei, Hawaii; the Paramount Studios Master Plan; the Master Plan for the Superconducting Super Collider, and the Los Angeles Greenways proposal. These projects, which received awards from AIA, Progressive Architecture, and other organizations, were developed under the direction of William Fain at Johnson Fain Partners, Los Angeles. She has worked as an urban design consultant with the landscape architecture firm of Katherine Spitz, ASLA in Venice, CA.
Katherine has taught architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design at the University of Arkansas, Iowa State University, Harvard University, and UC Berkeley. She has also taught and lectured for several American university programs based in Rome including the University of Oregon and Cornell University. At CCA she specializes in topics related to site and regional design with an emphasis on infrastructure. She specializes in water history and current issues related to urban development and water scarcity.
Katherine is project director for an ongoing web-based research project called Aquae Urbis Romae: The Waters of the City of Rome that is published by the University of Virginia at http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/waters. The project examines the 3,000-year history of water infrastructure and urban development in Rome. She has been awarded numerous research fellowships for this work, including awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Science Foundation. Most recently she was a 2012 Summer Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C.
Her work has been published in academic and professional journals, and her book The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City (Yale University Press: 2011) received the 2012 Spiro Kostof Award for Urban History from the Society of Architectural Historians and the 2011 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize for Landscape History from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. An interview with Katherine Rinne was published in Humanities Magazine, September 2012 at http://www.neh.gov/humanities/2012/septemberoctober/iq/impertinent-quest... She has lectured widely to academic and general audiences in the United States and Europe, including at the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art.
Adjunct Professor, Architecture