Baba, Tameka

Biography

Tameka is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the landscape architecture section at the Ohio State University's Knowlton School. Her research is focused on land vacancies, specifically underutilized or abandoned sites left behind because of declining retail industries. Her work aims to reclaim and cultivate spaces of commoning for underserved communities, which challenge preconceived ideas about community gardens and the service they provide. Her work is represented through a study of traditional crafts, such as weaving and sewing, including curating and constructing natural materials. This manner of work reimagines a generative and creative practice of topographic form-making. It reflects new narratives celebrating a slowed landscape planning, design, continued maintenance, and stewardship process.  

Since 2020, Tameka has served as a Board Trustee for the Center for Architecture and Design and chairs the youth programs committee. In 2022, she began service as a Commissioner for Columbus’s Historic Resources Commission. Tameka holds a Master's in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University, with a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design.