College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Landscape Architecture


Faculty & Research Focus

University of Maryland Landscape Architecture faculty have a wide variety of educational backgrounds (landscape architecture, art, biology, plant science, environmental planning, city and regional planning, and geography) and academic and professional experiences. Our collaborative scholarship, creative research, innovative teaching, and service reinforce an interdisciplinary and systems approach to design, planning, and management that are the hallmark of landscape architectural practice. We stress the importance of solving problems responsibly and imaginatively. The studio experience engages students in the process of creating comprehensive alternatives for real and hypothetical design interventions in cultural and natural landscapes. We hope you will consider joining us in protecting and restoring sensitive and critical environments, and creating socially equitable, ecologically sustainable, and economically viable landscapes.

 Faculty & Research Focus

 Dr. Christopher Ellis

Christopher Ellis, Ph.D., PLA, ASLA
Professor & Director and MLA Chair
email: | room: PLS 2144 | phone: 301.405.7782

  • Landscape performance
  • Sustainable development
  • Landscape ecology
  • Environmental perception
  • Information technology for landscape planning and design
 Dr. Byoung-Suk Kweon

Byoung-Suk Kweon, Ph.D., PLA
Associate Professor
email: | room: PLS 2140 | phone: 301.405.4341

Learn more about Dr. Kweon here!

  • Environmental behavior
  • Environment and health
  • School and children’s environments
  • Landscape performance
  • Environmental justice
  • Urban Agriculture
 Dr. David Myers

David Myers, Ph.D., PLA, ASLA
Associate Professor
email: | room: PLS 2146 | phone: 301.405.4350 | skype: david.myers.asla

  • Forest conservation
  • Landscape ecology
  • Green infrastructure and community greening
  • Greenway planning and design
 Dennis Nola, ASLA

Dennis Nola, PLA, ASLA
BLA Program Chair
email: | room: PLS 2138 | phone: 301.405.0066

  • Sustainable campus design and planning
  • Urban agriculture
  • Environmental restoration
 Naomi Sachs

Naomi Sachs, Ph.D., MLA, AIA, EDAC
email: | room: PLS 2134 | phone: 301.405.1602

  • Landscapes for health
  • Healthcare design
  • Environmental justice
  • Cultural geography / cultural landscapes 
 Jack Sullivan, PLA, FASLA

Jack Sullivan, PLA, FASLA
Associate Professor
email: | room: PLS 2142 | phone: 301.405.0106

Learn more about Jack here!

  • Urban Landscapes
  • Garden History and Design
  • Landscape + Art
  • Service-Learning and Community Engagement

Affiliate and Graduate Faculty

  Dr. Victoria Chanse

Victoria Chanse, Ph.D. 
Adjunct Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington

  • Civic engagement across multiple scales in the built environment
  • Trans-disciplinary approaches to sea level change design and planning
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Environmental justice
 photo of Allen DavisAllen Davis                                                                            Professor | room: EGR 1151 | phone: 301.405.1958 
  • Water quality and physiochemical treatment processes
  • Urban storm water quality characterization and treatment
  • Fundamental and applied research on stormwater control measures
  • Development of media and designs for enhanced stormwater quality improvement

Lea Johnson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor,  Associate Director for Land Stewardship and Ecology at Longwood Gardens

  • Plant ecology 
  • Urban ecology
  • Ecological restoration
 Peter May                                                                               Assistant Research Professor

David Tilley                                                                            Associate Professor


Jana VanderGoot                                                                   Associate Professor email: 


 Instructional Faculty

 Ann AndersonAnn Anderson
Lecturer with 20+ years of landscape architectural office practice specializing in graphic communication and planting design
  • Planting Design
  • Design Theory
Joe Burkhardt, PLA, LEED AP
Lecturer & Associate Principal at Ayers Saint Gross
  • Project management
  • Construction material, methods, and development
  • Sustainable design
  • Integration of professional practice techniques into the academic learning environment

Amy Marin Sametshaw
Lecturer (LARC 151) & Landscape Designer

  • Urban Agriculture
  • Community Engagement, Design, and Development
  • Streetscape and Transportation Design
  • GIS Spatial Analysis and Planning
Tom Mateya
Lecturer (LARC265) & Director of Development at Toll Brothers
  • Community Development
  • Housing
  • Site Construction
  • Project Management

Cody Sametshaw
Lecturer (LARC 151) & Attorney practicing law in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Urban Agriculture
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental health and justice

Lecturer (LARC721); Landscape Architect - DFB & PUSH Urban Design Studio

  • Construction Documentation & Implementation
  • Urban Streetscapes & Tree Planting
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Urban Planning & Urban Design

Ben Tauber
Lecturer (LARC470/670) & Lanscape Architect at OCULUS

  • Landscape Architecture Theory and Criticism
  • Landscape Architecture History
  • Urban Design and the Public Realm

JoAnn Trach Tongson, PLS, ASLA, LEED AP
Lecturer (LARC420) & Associate Principal at Mahan Rykiel

  • Professional Practice
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Construction Documents
  • Project Management
 Colleen Bathon

Colleen Vacelet, LEED AP, ASLA
Lecturer (LARC 160) & President of Intreegue 

  • Sustainable Design
  • Planting Design
  • Building and landscape integration

James Westwater, Ph.D.
Lecturer (LARC620 & LARC489R) & Artist
email: | room 2154A PLS | phone: 301.405.4376 

  • Visual art + design
  • Land art
  • Conceptual art
  • Creative spaces

Caren Yglesias, Ph.D., AIA, Affil. ASLA
Lecturer (LARC 263); Architect; author of the recent book, Desert Gardens of Steve Martino (Monacelli, 2018)

  • History and theory of landscape architecture
  • Materials and methods of construction
  • Sustainable design

 Recent Visiting Lecturers

Michael Ezban, RA
Lecturer (LARC 240) & Principal, VanderGoot Ezban Studio
  • Landscape infrastructure
  • Aquaculture landscapes
  • Urban ecologies
 Christiane Machado
Christiane Machado
Lecturer (LARC 160)
  • Environment and health
  • Symbiotic relationship between landscape & architecture
  • Primary based research

Jeff Server, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C
Lecturer & Project Manager/Project Architect at Prism Design Collective

  • Digital/analog workflows incorporating technology
  • Interdisciplinary design and practice
  • Urban design, with an emphasis on waste landscapes and sustainability
  • Land art and Earthworks
Kelley Oklesson, LEED AP, CBLP, CPH, ASLA
Lecturer (LARC 221) & Principal Designer of Groundsmith Collective
  • Public interest design
  • Resilient ecology
  • Increasing social cohesion
  • Winning hearts & minds

Allison Lilly Tjaden
Lecturer (LARC 152) & Assistant Director - New Initiatives, Department of Dining Services

  • Environmental & public health
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Food systems
  • Program management
  • Community outreach

Vince Yi
Lecturer (LARC 489R) & Landscape Designer at Toole Design Group

  • Digital and Hand Graphics for Landscape Design
  • Urban Design and Placemaking
  • Trail and Greenway Planning and Design
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