LARC Faculty

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.

People

Full-time Faculty

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Dr. Chris Ellis

Christopher Ellis, Ph.D., PLA, ASLA
Professor & Director and MLA Chair

email: cdellis@umd.edu | 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: kweonb@umd.edu | 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: dnmyers@umd.edu | 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, ASLA 
Instructor & BLA Program Chair
email: dnola@umd.edu | room: PLS 2138 | phone: 301.405.0066

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

Dr. Naomi Sachs

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

Assistant Professor

email: nsachs@umd.edu | 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: jack@umd.edu | room: PLS 2142 | phone: 301.405.0106

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

Affiliate & Graduate Faculty

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Allen Davis

Allen Davis

Professor
email:apdavis@umd.edu | 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: pimay@umd.edu | room: ANS 1426 | phone: 301.405.1198

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

David Tilley      

Associate Professor
email: dtilley@umd.edu | 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: jvanderg@umd.edu | room: ARC 1206 | phone: 301. 405.4005

  • Urban development
  • Principles and methods of site analysis

Instructional Faculty

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Ann Anderson

Ann Anderson 

Lecturer with 20+ years of landscape architectural office practice specializing in graphic communication and planting design
email: aanders8@umd.edu 

  • Planting Design
  • Design Theory
Phillip Cho

Phillip Cho

Lecturer & University Landscape Architect, Project Manager at UMBC

email: pscho@umd.edu

  • Project Management
  • Landscape Construction
  • Campus Planning and Design
  • Senior/ Low-income Housing
Christiane Machado

Christiane Machado
Lecturer (LARC 120)
email: cmach15@umd.edu

  • Environment and health
  • Symbiotic relationship between landscape & architecture
  • Primary based research
Kelley Oklesson

Kelley Oklesson, LEED AP, CBLP, CPH, ASLA

Lecturer (LARC 151) & Principal Designer of Groundsmith Collective

email: koklesso@umd.edu

  • Public interest design
  • Resilient ecology
  • Increasing social cohesion
  • Winning hearts & minds
Dan Straub

Dan Straub, ASLA, APA, PLA, LEED AP

Lecturer (LARC321); Landscape Architect - DFB & PUSH Urban Design Studio
email: dstraub@umd.edu

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

James Westwater, Ph.D.

Lecturer (LARC489R, LARC620, LARC689C)

email: jamesw@umd.edu

  • Art + design
  • Land art
  • Conceptual art
  • Creative spaces
John Wray

John Wray
Lecturer (LARC221); HOK

email: jwrayiv@umd.edu

  • Digital Technologies in Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
  • Regional Mapping & Analysis of Hydrological Systems
  • Urban Design & Placemaking
  • Design & Construction of Public / Interactive Art Installations
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)
email: caren@umd.edu

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

 

Recent Visiting Lecturers

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Michael Ezban

Michael Ezban, RA

Lecturer (LARC 240) & Principal, VanderGoot Ezban Studio

email: mezban@umd.edu

  • Landscape infrastructure
  • Aquaculture landscapes
  • Urban ecologies
Christiane Machado

Christiane Machado

Lecturer (LARC 160)
email: cmach15@umd.edu

  • Environment and health
  • Symbiotic relationship between landscape & architecture
  • Primary based research
Amy Marin Sametshaw

Amy Marin Sametshaw

Lecturer (LARC 151) & Landscape Designer
email: amarin@umd.edu 

  • Urban Agriculture
  • Community Engagement, Design, and Development
  • Streetscape and Transportation Design
  • GIS Spatial Analysis and Planning
Tom Mateya

Tom Mateya

Lecturer (LARC265) & Director of Development at Toll Brothers

email: tmateya@umd.edu

  • Community Development
  • Housing
  • Site Construction
  • Project Management
Kelley Oklesson

Kelley Oklesson, LEED AP, CBLP, CPH, ASLA

Lecturer (LARC 221) & Principal Designer of Groundsmith Collective

email: koklesso@umd.edu

  • Public interest design
  • Resilient ecology
  • Increasing social cohesion
  • Winning hearts & minds
Cody Sametshaw

Cody Sametshaw

Lecturer (LARC 151) & Attorney practicing law in Baltimore, Maryland
email: ecodys@umd.edu

  • Urban Agriculture
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental health and justice
Jeff Server

Jeff Server, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C

Lecturer & Project Manager/Project Architect at Prism Design Collective
email: jserverj@gmail.com

  • Digital/analog workflows incorporating technology
  • Interdisciplinary design and practice
  • Urban design, with an emphasis on waste landscapes and sustainability
  • Land art and Earthworks
Ben Tauber

Ben Tauber

Lecturer (LARC470/670) & Landscape Architect at OCULUS
email: btauber@umd.edu

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

Allison Lilly Tjaden

Lecturer (LARC 152) & Assistant Director - New Initiatives, Department of Dining Services
email: alilly@umd.edu

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

JoAnn Trach Tongson, PLS, ASLA, LEED AP

Lecturer (LARC420) & Associate Principal at Mahan Rykiel
email: jtrachto@umd.edu

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

Colleen Vacelet, LEED AP, ASLA

Lecturer (LARC 160) & President of Intreegue 
email: cbathon@umd.edu

  • Sustainable Design
  • Planting Design
  • Building and landscape integration
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)
email: caren@umd.edu

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

Vince Yi

Lecturer (LARC 489R) & Landscape Designer at Toole Design Group
email: cyi1234@umd.edu

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