Faculty at a Glance


Elen Deming picture M. Elen Deming, Professor
Based on my experiences as a practitioner, teacher, and editor, I am convinced the best way to advance the discipline is for landscape architects to reframe practical problems as intellectual opportunities. Together with my collaborator Simon Swaffield (Lincoln University, New Zealand), we have illustrated a broadly comprehensive range of research strategies so that landscape architects may realize the deeper clarity, beauty, and utility of integrating design and research in practice.
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Carol Emmerling-DiNovo image Carol Emmerling, Assistant Head /Academic Advisor /Lecturer /Curriculum Coordinator
Best practices, stormwater management, and environmental planning.
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Rebecca Ginsburg picture Rebecca Ginsburg, Associate Professor
Atlantic slave trade; fugitive slaves; carceral landscapes; prison education.
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Dianne Harris picture Dianne Harris, Professor
I am a historian who specializes in studies that focus on the built environment. My most recent scholarship examines postwar houses in the United States between 1945 and 1960, and the history of suburban development during that period. It also focuses on the relationships that exist between what I and others call "race and space".
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David Hays picture David L. Hays, Associate Professor
My research and teaching interests include both historical and contemporary landscape architecture. Those interests first became focused through a curriculum of art history and were subsequently transformed through my study of design.
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Stephen Sears picture Jessica M. Henson, Assistant Clinical Professor
Jessica Henson is a Senior Landscape Architect at OLIN, a landscape architecture and urban design studio in Philadelphia. At OLIN she is currently project manager for the new US Embassy in London. Jessica teaches in the advanced design studios and thesis program.
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Tawab Hlimi Tawab Hlimi, Visiting Designer in Residence
Tawab Hlimi garnered a broad range of design experience working with firms such as Hargreaves Associates in San Francisco, Janet Rosenberg & Studio in Toronto, and Hapa Collaborative in Vancouver. He joins us for the 2014-2015 academic year as a visiting designer in residence. Tawab will be teaching classes on design communication and planting design.
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Mary Pat Mattson Mary Pat Mattson, Assistant Professor
Landscape as ecological infrastructure; climate change adaptation; urban water; design legibility and ecological literacy.
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D. Fairchild Ruggles picture D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor and Interim Department Head

I am fascinated by how we see history and what it means to us. My research explores the art and built environment of the Islamic Mediterranean and South Asia, visual theory, history of water systems and land management, and cultural heritage - topics that converge in my new project on the Alhambra Palace of Granada. Currently I am serving as Interim Department Head as we look forward from our recent successful accreditation reviews to a future that promises transformation, stimulating collaborations, and achievement.


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Stephen Sears picture Stephen Sears, Associate Professor
Sears maintains an agenda of practice that includes the potential of marginal and contested urban territories, techniques in new media, and the value of the vernacular-cultural midwestern region. His recently edited volume, Round Barns Projected, features student design proposals for a historic experimental agricultural site.
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Amita Sinha picture Amita Sinha, Professor
My undergraduate training in architecture created the foundation for my graduate work on social and cultural issues shaping the built environment. I use ethnography as a research tool to study the city and its public realm. My research focus has expanded from the study of small urban spaces to cultural landscapes in parallel with my emerging interest in history and heritage. My landscape scholarship informs my design teaching on conservation and reclamation of heritage sites in India.
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Bill Sullivan picture William C. Sullivan, Professor
To what extent, and in what ways, does the built environment impact human health and wellbeing? I'm especially interested in understanding and measuring the ways in which everyday contact with nature influences human health. How does contact with nature mitigate the difficulties of life for people who live in urban public housing neighborhoods or in other challenging urban environments?
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