William C. Sullivan

Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture

Research Interests

My research addresses two broad questions. First, 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, for instance, does contact with nature mitigate the difficulties of life for people who live in urban public housing neighborhoods or in other challenging urban environments?

The second question concerns the processes of changing and managing places: How can information about land development and other environmental issues be more effectively communicated among experts, citizens, and policy makers?

You can read articles that examine both of these questions by clicking here.

Education

1991 PhD, Natural Resources with a concentration in Environment & Behavior, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1985 Master of Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University, Manhattan
1982 Master of Science, Horticulture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1980 Bachelor of Science, Ornamental Horticulture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Courses Taught at the University of Illinois

LA 270   Behavioral Factors in Design
LA 336   Landscapes and Health Design Workshop
LA 370   Environmental Sustainability: A Global Perspective
LA 537   Sustainability and Health Studio
LA 570   The Built Environment and Human Health

Selected Publications

See complete list of publications.

Awards and Honors

207-2013 National Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Environmental Health Science, Research, and Medicine
2000 Research Achievement Award 2000, Environmental Design Research Association, awarded to F.E. Kuo, W.C. Sullivan, and the Human-Environment Research Lab
2000 College Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Agriculture, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences, UIUC
1993-2011 University of Illinois Incomplete List of Excellent Instructors 22 times between 1993 and 2011
2000-2003 & 1998-2000 Teaching Academy, College of Agriculture, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois

Leadership

President of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors.
Member of National Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine.