LARC Faculty

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.

Our 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.


Full-time Faculty

Faculty Contact information Research Focus
Dr. Chris 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

  • 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
Mr. Dennis Nola

Dennis Nola, PLA, FASLA 
Instructor & BLA Program Chair
email: | room: PLS 2138 | phone: 301.405.0066

  • Sustainable campus design and planning
  • Urban agriculture
  • Environmental restoration
Deni Ruggeri

Deni Ruggeri, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

email: | room: PLS 2136 | phone: 301.405.0229

  • landscape democracy & right-to-landscape
  • community participation and co-design
  • place identity and attachment
  • engaged scholarship and pedagogy
  • social factors in urban design and livability 
  • Bottom up community development processes

Dr. Naomi Sachs

Naomi Sachs, Ph.D., MLA, AIA, EDAC

Assistant Professor

email: | room: PLS 2134 | phone: 301.405.1602

  • Landscapes for health
  • Healthcare design
  • Environmental justice
  • Cultural geography / cultural landscapes 
Mr. Jack Sullivan

Jack Sullivan, PLA, FASLA 

Associate Professor
email: | room: PLS 2142 | phone: 301.405.0106

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

Affiliate & Graduate Faculty

Affiliate Faculty Contact Information Research Focus
Allen Davis

Allen 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
Peter May

Peter May         

Assistant Research Professor
email: | room: ANS 1426 | phone: 301.405.1198

  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Ecology and Natural Resource Management 
  • Carbon Management
David Tilley

David Tilley      

Associate Professor
email: | room: ANS 1421 | phone: 301.405.8027

  • Ecological Technology, Engineering, Design, & Modeling
  • Energy and water balance of living architecture
  • Green walls
Jana VanderGoot

Jana VanderGoot

Associate Professor

email: | room: ARC 1206 | phone: 301. 405.4005

  • Urban development
  • Principles and methods of site analysis

Instructional Faculty

Lecturer Photo Contact Information Research Focus
Ben Boyd


Ben Boyd, PLA, ASLA

Lecturer (LARC221) 



  • Urban, Institutional, and Mixed-Use Design

  • CAD and BIM Technology

  • Project Management

Phillip Cho Portrait


Phillip Cho

Lecturer & University Landscape Architect, Project Manager at UMBC


  • Project Management

  • Landscape Construction

  • Campus Planting & Design

  • Senior/Low-income Housing

Brenda Iraola


Lecturer (LARC 321)

University Email:

  • Construction Methods & Materials for Landscape Architectural Design
  • Construction Bid Documents & Specifications
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Design
Ron Sessoms

Ron Sessoms, AICP



  • Public Realm Design 
  • Community Master Planning
  • Equitable Development
  • Project Management
James Westwater

James Westwater, Ph.D.

Lecturer (LARC489R, LARC620, LARC689C)


  • Art + design

  • Land art

  • Conceptual art

  • Creative spaces

John Wray Portrait

John Wray
Lecturer (LARC321); HOK


Caren Yglesias


Caren Yglesias, Ph.D., AIA, Affil. ASLA

Lecturer (LARC 263); Architect; author of the recent book, Desert Gardens of Steve Martino (Monacelli, 2018)




Recent Visiting Lecturers

Recent Lecturers Contact Information Research Focus
Ann Anderson

Ann Anderson 

Lecturer with 20+ years of landscape architectural office practice specializing in graphic communication and planting design

Tom Mateya


Tom Mateya

Lecturer (LARC265) & Director of Development at Toll Brothers


Image of Sherry Russel

Sherry Russel



  • Landscape performance


  • Economic effects of community managed open spaces and parks
  • Practice business strategy
Amy Marin Sametshaw

Amy Marin Sametshaw


Lecturer (LARC 151) & Landscape Designer

  • Urban Agriculture
  • Community Engagement, Design, and Development
  • Streetscape and Transportation Design
  • GIS Spatial Analysis and Planning
Cody Sametshaw

Cody Sametshaw

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

  • Urban Agriculture
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental health and justice
Ben Tauber


Ben Tauber

Lecturer (LARC470/670) & Landscape Architect at OCULUS


Joann Trach-Tongson


JoAnn Trach Tongson, PLS, ASLA, LEED AP

Lecturer (LARC420) & Associate Principal at Mahan Rykiel


Colleen Vacelet

Colleen Vacelet, LEED AP, ASLA

Lecturer (LARC 160) & President of Intreegue 

  • Sustainable Design
  • Planting Design
  • Building and landscape integration