Pia Fricker is Adjunct Professor in Landscape Architecture at Aalto University where she founded and directs the Digital Landscape Architecture Laboratory. Previously, she was Director of Graduate Studies in Landscape Architecture at the ETH Zürich. She studied architecture with a focus on its intertwining with landscape and urban design at the University of Karlsruhe, University of Tampere and University of Helsinki. She received a DAAD scholarship for her postgraduate studies at the ETH Zürich, where she received degrees in Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) and in Didactics and Pedagogy. She is a member of the editorial board of the JoDLA (Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture), the Scientific Program Committee of the DLA conference, and the Peer Review Committees of ACADIA and eCAADe. In her teaching, Fricker encourages students' enthusiasm for computational experimentation in the design of projects that are sensitive to the qualities of a singular place as well as part of the broader context–be it urban or rural.
Within the Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning, Pia is responsible for the USP minor students of Aalto University.