Chair, Associate Professor
MLA, Rhode Island School of Design, 1997
BArch, Kansas State University, 1993
Drawing and representation of art, architecture, and landscape architecture in the modern landscape; edge boundaries as they relate to the environment, including the landscape and the city; environmental art, including site-specific sculpture.
Co-director, Community Design Lab, Iowa State University Research Park
Office: 380 Design
MLA, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1992
BS, University of Tennessee, 1987
Constructed ecologies, community design and place attachment, research methods
Current Projects: Place attachment and landscape change in disaster recovery, Bird Friendly Iowa, Imagination
Office: 582 Design
Ph.D Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles
MLA, University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2013
BLA, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1987-1989
Landscape theory; Landscape representation; Postwar urbanism; Landscape urbanism; Landscape, media, and consumer culture
Office: 478 Design
MLA, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1993
BS, Yale College, 1985
Historic landscapes and their preservation; landscape architectural history, particularly 1900-1935; late nineteenth and early twentieth century parks and park systems; rural cemeteries; contemporary design criticism.
Office: 577 Design
MLA, University of Oregon, 1995
BLA, University of Georgia, 1982
Design and history of communities and neighbors; how the physical design of neighborhoods relates to the quality of social life within them; the back alley’s role in the social life of different kinds of neighborhoods from different cultures and eras
Office: 579 Design
MRCP, Kansas State University, 1997
MLA, Kansas State University, 1996
BS, Agriculture, Kansas State University, 1993
Tom’s scholarly and professional interests involve helping non-profit organizations and rural communities address long-range land-use planning, environmental and outdoor educational needs. Tom teaches design studios in the Landscape Architecture, Design Studies and Design programs at Iowa State. Each semester, he finds opportunities for his students to actively engage in real projects so they may have the experience of working closely with community residents, businesses, and stakeholders to address the needs of the community or organization.
Office: 280 Design
MLA, Iowa State University, 1997
BS, Environmental Design, North Dakota State University, 1995
BLA, North Dakota State University, 1995
The role the built environment plays on physical activity and individual health; Public participation in the design and planning process using online multimedia and GIS tools; Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) and civic engagement; Interactive landscape visualization and modeling using GIS and 3D animation;
Office: 280 Design
Ph.D., Urban Studies, University of New Orleans, 2012
MLA, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
BLA, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
BA, Philosophy, University of Oregon, 1999
Benefits of urban design, green infrastructure, and remediation of urban soils to support heterogeneous relationships between people and place, particularly vulnerable populations. Recent research highlights the capacity for youth to appropriate marginal urban space for prosocial gains.
Office: 476 Design
MLA, Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon, 2008
BS, Horticulture, Iowa State University, 2002
Plants, planting design and plant forensics; healthy outdoor environments; therapeutic gardens; prison landscapes; environmental justice and design
Office: 481 Design
MLA, Iowa State University, 1998
Graduate studies in landscape architecture and restoration sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 1996
BLA, Iowa State University, 1983
Community design balancing ecological, social, and economic needs; integration of social science theories into design process; effects of landscape change on people; marginalized communities; public open space design; natural resource conservation; landscape reconstruction and management
Office: 576 Design
Ph.D. Computational Geography, University of Zürich, Switzerland, 1998
MLA Landscape Architecture Harvard University, 1993
AB Chemistry, English Bowdoin College, 1986
Landscape computing. Including 3D modeling of terrain, parametric, computer programming and algorithms, automated machine guidance, geo-design.
Office: 480 Design
PhD Candidate, Design & Planning, University of Colorado, 2010
MLA ,University of Colorado, 2005
MURP, University of Colorado, 2005
BS, General Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, 1993
Children, youth, and environments; physical activity and the built environment; benefits of gardening, play, & nature; perceptions of risk in recreation and play settings; representation of nature and landscapes; service-learning; public interest design; community-based planning and design; playgrounds; schoolyard design; learning landscapes (www.learninglandscapes.org); stormwater management; rainwater harvesting; sustainability; designing for health; pedagogy; reflective learning; place-based education; outdoor education curriculum development; land art and installations; poetry of place; visual communication; place attachment; place-making; earthworks; environmental psychology; urban and regional planning; community development; program evaluation; post-occupancy evaluation; mixed-methods and design inquiry; behavior & environment research.
Office: 479 Design
Master of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University, 2013
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, Iowa State University, 2012 B.A. in journalism, minor in art, with honors, University of Montana, Missoula, 1995
B.A. in journalism, minor in art, with honors, University of Montana, Missoula, 1995Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, freshman and sophomore studies in English and art
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, freshman and sophomore studies in English and art.
Ecological art, land art, site specific art; making and the physicality of making; design process and representation; native plant communities; landscape ecology; environmental history; culture, natural process and ecological restoration; artful infrastructure; arboriculture, urban forestry, big trees; landscape performance and maintenance; photography and the role of photography in the design process; craft and the loss of craftsmanship; materiality and the role of materials in placemaking; stone and dry stone masonry.
Office: 380 Design
Mailing address: Landscape Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011
Design Fellow with the Iowa State University Community Design Lab, Design Administration
Mailing Address: Dean’s Office
134 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011
Office: Suite 121 ISU Research Park 2321 N Loop Dr.