Our faculty and staff
Laura Lawson joined the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers in 2010 as Professor and Chair. She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MLA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. At Rutgers, one of her primary teaching responsibilities is Environmental Design Analysis (11:550:230), a large freshman-level lecture course that explores the relationship between environmental conditions, human behavior, and design. She also teaches community-based design studios and seminars focused on research methods and social issues in design and planning. Her research includes historical and contemporary community open space, with particular focus on community gardens and the changing roles of parks in low-income communities. She is author of City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America and co-author of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (2009). She has numerous publications in academic journals, edited books, and popular media
FACULTY AND STAFF
Richard Alomar is an Assistant Professor and a registered landscape architect. He has an undergraduate degree in Agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and an MLA from Louisiana State University. Before joining the faculty he was an Associate at Stantec Planning and Landscape Architecture and Senior Associate at di Domenico + Partners. He has worked on public projects from the urban planning to the community garden scale and has won international competitions for landscape designs in Chicago and Verona, Italy.
Richards general research focus is on land stewardship in urban underserved communities with a specific emphasis on the analysis of use and material patterns in neighborhood yards and vacant lots. His earlier research on the characteristics, use and patterns of front yards in African-American neighborhoods has led to the use of sketching, mapping and garden stories to describe and document the creative process of nonprofessional designers.
Richard teaches the Design and Implementation studio in the departments construction sequence. The class is structured to mimic the rigor of a professional studio by emphasizing deliverables, constructibility and introducing undergraduate and graduate students to construction document production.
Richard Bartolone is an instructor and practicing landscape architect. After 25 years of professional practice and 17 years as a part time lecturer he became a full time instructor in 2004. His primary teaching responsibility has focused on site engineering, planting design and introductory design studio. He coordinates the Landscape Industry option of the department and has been very active in the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, most recently serving as the chapter president in 2012 and the annual awards program chair in 2010 and 2011.
Dean Cardasis, FASLA, is a professor and director of the graduate program. He is also director of the James Rose Center for Landscape Architecture Research and Design and principal of Cave Hill Landscape Architects. He received his MLA from the University of Massachusetts in 1981 and served there as assistant, associate and full professor from 1989 to 2006 when he came to Rutgers to help establish the graduate program. He teaches courses and studios in landscape design at various scales. He has published and lectured widely on modern and contemporary landscape architecture, especially on the work of James Rose, on whom he is currently completing a book to be published by the Library of American Landscape History in 2014. His built professional works include gardens, parks, memorials, urban and campus designs. They have won national and international awards and been published and exhibited in North America, Asia and Europe; thus earning him fellowship status in the American Society of Landscape Architects. As director of the James Rose Center he has worked to document and preserve important examples of modern American landscape architecture and to explore the issues and problems of rehabilitating contemporary suburban landscapes, to which end he has organized international competitions and exhibitions on the aesthetics of sustainable design in Suburbia. Besides design, preservation and contemporary landscape aesthetics, his interests are in the nexus of landscape design theory and practice and in the pedagogy of landscape architecture graduate education.
Drake, Luke; Research Associate
Blake Hall, Room 117
Luke Drake joined the faculty of the Department of Landscape Architecture in July 2012 as a research associate. He manages the data collection, analysis, and outreach efforts of Gardening the Garden State, a project that is investigating the social and spatial aspects of community gardens and urban agriculture across New Jersey. In addition, he has lectured on research design and methods, currently serves on one MLA thesis committee, and advises students on IRB applications. His previous teaching experience includes GIS along with community-based workshops. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in geography at Rutgers, received a M.A. in geography from the University of Miami, and a B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For over thirty years Frank has explored the connection between people and landscape through both land management and academic research. He has served as Chief of Interpretive Services, Administrator and Assistant Director of the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. He oversaw several ecological restoration initiatives including both estuarine and freshwater wetland projects Liberty State Park. After teaching courses in biology, evolution and environmental science for ten years at Upsala College, Frank has lectured at Rutgers the State University since 1994. His current appointment as an instructor with the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers allows for teaching, research collaboration and mentoring of graduate students. He also serves as a Research Associate at Montclair State University.
Frank’s current research interest in urban ecological restoration has focused on the sublethal impact of soil metal contamination at both the species and assemblage level. Over the past several years he has examined metal translocation pathways and its impact on species distribution, productivity, reproductive success and guild trajectories.Frank has published extensively in both scientific journals and venues of general interests’ on topics ranging form phytostabilization of contaminated soils to the ethics of ecosystem function monetization. He has presented hundreds of lectures at conferences and meetings both nationally and internationally. Topics have generally included current natural resource based environmental issues, demographic transition and most recently brownfield redevelopment. In 2001 he was invited by Princess Abdulla of Jordan to lecture on forest development in Amman, Jordan
I have taught history of Landscape Architecture courses and design studios in the department of Landscape Architecture in University of Toronto, Canada, University of Manitoba, Canada, and Rutgers University since 2001. In my research, I have investigated the history of Japanese gardens in the United States, exploring their significant influence on American landscape design, and also demonstrating, through innovative cross-disciplinary projects, the healing effects of the Japanese garden viewed as a landscaped space. Many American landscape architects were inspired by the Japanese garden, and many of its aspects were introduced into American design.
I have also conducted multi-disciplinary research to investigate the possibilities of using landscaped space to improve well-being, particularly for the elderly, whose growing population presents many challenges for society in the 21st century. The research results showed that the Japanese-style garden made subjects more alert, which in turn reduced their heart rate because they were able to focus their attention. The results of these studies have attracted interest internationally. They were featured in National Geographic News Watch in 2010 (http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2010/02/15/japanese_gardens_cal_alzheimer_patients/). In March 2013 they were submitted to the Vice Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of Japan at the request of the Regional Revitalization Office, to be taken into consideration in their “Future City” initiative.
The aim of my teaching and research is to add the dimension of psychological and physical consideration to the landscape design practice and analysis of traditional landscape designs.
Jean Marie Hartman received her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut, after first earning her M.S. in Landscape Architecture and B.S. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
In her words, "Ecological thinking must inform landscape architectural practice. While an understanding of ecology is now widely considered to be fundamental to "good" design, the relationships between these two fields form a relatively new scholarly arena. This is, in part, because few scholars are equipped to undertake new scientific studies and to frame them within questions that implicate new modes of design practice."
Dr. Hartman's role in research, teaching, and outreach within the discipline of landscape architecture bridges the gap between ecology and design. Her work generates new scientific understandings of complex ecological systems and indicates the ways in which design, planning and policy can help to protect and restore them.
Higgins, Kate; Instructor
Old Blake Hall, Room 209
Kate E. Higgins is an Instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and a practicing design professional. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Arts Administration [M.A.] from New York University, and a Master of Architecture [M.Arch.] from Columbia University. At Rutgers, Kate teaches Visualization II: Digital Design & Presentation; Visualization III: Computer Aided Design for Landscape Architects; Material Tectonics; and the Fundamentals of Environmental Planning Studio. Both her teaching and practice reflect her ongoing interest and research in the existing and emergent tools and technologies of representation and material practice. Kate’s architectural body of work has included a variety of program types and scales from the Fresh Kills Park Master Plan to Jersey Shore post-Sandy residential work and museum exhibition design. Past exhibition work includes: The Whitney Biennial 2010; Frank O. Gehry: Design Process & the Lewis House at The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and, Andrew Wyeth’s The Ides of March: The Making of a Masterpiece at The Brandywine River Museum.
Hoefer, Wolfram; Associate Professor
Design Professor & International Studies Program Coordinator
& Undergraduate Program Director
Blake Hall, Room 115
Read my CV, Personal Website,
Center of Urban Environmental Sustainability
I like old, rusty stuff. The remains of our industrial past have a strong fascination for me and I like to deal with them. The remediation of Brownfields is a major issue in New Jersey and that is one reason why I find this state such an interesting and challenging place for landscape architects.
The cultural understanding of nature and landscape in relation to our cultural interpretation of industry was the theme of my diploma thesis at the Technische Universitt Berlin in 1993, and I made the point that we can observe a shift in that interpretation. Old industry is not anymore just ugly or dangerous but it becomes a part of the local history. A clear understanding and promotion of that process can improve the success of redevelopment projects.
Recently I have developed The Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) which conducts the applied research needed to generate solutions to pressing urban environmental problems in New Jersey.
Tobiah Horton holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Spanish Literature from Oberlin College and an MLA from SUNY -ESF. Toby’s work investigates the reuse of materials and places in the redevelopment process. Professional projects such as the Willow Patch, NJ Urban Parks Trenton, Queens Plaza/Dutch Kills Green (with Margie Ruddick/WRT Design), Bethlehem Steel Stacks and Womrath Park (with WRT Design) demonstrate Toby’s fascination with how people and places interact through materials. His research report, A Layered Place, Reuse of Materials in Recoding Public Space (Material Culture Review), projects out from his built works to speculate on how trace meanings embedded in reused materials changes the dynamic of “newly built” places. In addition to his landscape built works, Toby’s art has been shown in galleries in Montreux, Switzerland, Portland, Oregon and Syracuse, New York.
Toby’s current research and design projects include; Demolition and Reconstruction Methods with Reused Concrete, Chemistry of Reused Concrete: Carbon Dioxide Absorption, and Reused Concrete Erosion Control Structures. Collectively, the research projects aim to show how reuse of concrete lowers construction’s carbon footprint by extending lifecycle (and by maximizing CO2 absorption through design). As Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist, Toby provides research, service and educational programs to NJ citizens through projects such as the Rahway Rain Gardens, the collaborative 4H program; Explorations: See the World through Writing, Drawing and Sculpting, 4H STEM summer camp and Healing through Salvage and Rebuilding a new project being developed to help New Jersey’s coastal residents incorporate cherished materials into the rebuilding process.
Kathleen L. JohnAlder is an Assistant Professor and a registered landscape architect with over twenty years of professional experience. She holds undergraduate degrees from Oberlin College and Rutgers University, an M.S. in Botany from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.E.D. in history and theory from Yale University School of Architecture. As an Associate Partner for Olin Partnership, Kathleen was involved in the landscape designs for the J. P. Getty Center, the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Boston, and the Washington Monument. She also led the firm’s entry for the Orange County Great Park Competition and worked with the World Monument Fund to prepare a landscape master plan for Qianlong’s Garden in Beijing, China.
Kathleen’s research involves the transformative role of ecology and environmentalism in the discourse of mid-twentieth century landscape design. To date this work has concentrated on the process-theories of the landscape architects Ian McHarg and Lawrence Halprin. Kathleen is the author of “The Garden, The Greenhouse and The Picturesque View, which appears in Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment, “A Field Guide to Form: Lawrence Halprin’s Ecological Engagement with The Sea Ranch,” which appeared in a special edition of Landscape Journal devoted to the work of Lawrence Halprin, and “Processing Natural Time: Lawrence Halprin and the Sea Ranch Ecoscore”, which will appear in Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes. She was recently awarded a Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship for the fall of 2013.Kathleen also teaches studio design at the graduate and undergraduate level. A Praxis studio she conducted on Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in the spring of 2012 was a co-finalist for The Parks for The People Student Design Competition, sponsored by The Van Alen Institute and The National Park Service.
Knowlton, Marcus; Staff
Blake Hall, Room 114
Marc is our system administrator and assists with various aspects of research and lab classes. He has a 5-year Bach. of Architecture degree and has spent many years working in plant ecology. You can contact him for help with software programs, data analysis, printing, networking, construction methods and use of the fabrication lab, departmental photography and IP phone issues. He also works for other SEBS departments.
McKenzie, Gail; Secretarial Assistant III
Blake Hall, Room 112
Holly joined the Department of Landscape Architecture as a practitioner. She maintains her practice in Princeton, employs student interns, and participates in ASLA and NJASLA activities. In addition to her practice, her scholarship explores the relationship of landscape architecture to the agricultural landscape. She is interested in issues of land stewardship (from how Aldo Leopold defines it to sustainability and ecosystem services) and openspace linkages as well as community-making. These issues, while not new, are of crucial importance to how we shape our landscapes; what is new is how a landscape architect can incorporate these ways of thinking in the design of agricultural landscapes. This area of scholarship has been important in her development of studio problems and an interdisciplinary seminar, all of which demonstrate the value of our discipline to the mission and constituency of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences within a land grant university.
Over the last six years, Holly has been an active member of the Department as an instructor and advisor. Her courses include Landscape Drawing and the interdisciplinary Agriculture + Landscape colloquium which documents the breadth of New Jersey farms. She works directly with students to develop professionalism through Praxis studios (including the St. Croix Studio and the Farm Studio) as well as through the creation of internships (such as the St. Croix National Park Service internships) and the Landscape Architecture Mentoring Program. In collaboration with SEB’s office of Leadership and Organizational Development, she established a Peer Mentor Program to introduce leadership skills and mentoring practices that mirror the professional practice apprenticeship while preparing students for the office environment.
I have been an instructor in Environmental Geomatics and Geodesign with the Landscape Architecture program here at Rutgers since Fall of 2013. I have a background in both art and ecology as well as geomatics. I received my B.A. in Visual Arts from Antioch College in Ohio, and worked for several years as a graphic artist before returning to my education to study geomatics and ecology. I received my M.S. in ecology and a graduate certificate in geospatial information science from Rutgers in 2011.
I teach introductory to advanced level courses focusing on the use of GIS and remote sensing to address questions about the natural and built environment, and how we interact with and shape it. I also teach the undergraduate regional design studio, which focuses on bringing these ideas into practice. Here we apply concepts of geodesign to regional scale planning questions, and the complexities posed by the numerous interacting human and natural systems at that scale.
My interests in the field of geomatics are fairly broad. I’m excited by just about any question that poses an interesting challenge or makes me think about geomatics in a new way, whether it’s a particularly complex cartographic problem or learning a new technology. For example, I am currently designing a system of map design standards for the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, representing the great diversity in size, form, and use of New Jersey's 40 or so state parks and forests in a single consistent visual language. Prior to that I developed a method for producing highly detailed maps of coastal and barrier island habitat using object-based image analysis techniques, combining the advantages of automated and visual interpretation of aerial photography and LiDAR imagery, to support management of Marine Protected Areas in New York and New Jersey. More than any of that, though, I enjoy working with students to form their own questions and develop approaches to answering them.
Stewart, Pam; Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper
Blake Hall, Room 112
Tulloch, David; Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
Blake Hall, Room 220
Read my CV, Website
"Places and Spaces" (A great blog for LA resources)
Dr. Tulloch holds a B.S.L.A. from Kentucky; an M.L.A. from LSU; and a Ph.D. from Wisconsin. His teaching includes project-based regional design studios, a popular environmental planning course, and a variety of GIS courses.
David Tulloch’s scholarship is built around bridging between geospatial technologies and applications of these for the improvement of the built and natural landscapes. As a leader in geodesign he has been an active participant in the annual Geodesign Summits and published 2 papers on the topic. A passion for improved data for planning and design decisions is manifest in his active role in research in institutional GIS, public participatory GIS, and volunteered geographic information. With an eye towards applications, he is currently the geospatial leader on an RWJF and NIH-funded project at Rutgers CSHP investigating longitudinal relationships between childhood obesity urban food and physical activity environments.
AFFILIATED GRADUATE FACULTY
Jason C. Grabosky
Steven N. Handel, Ph.D.
Steven Handel studies the potential to restore native plant communities, adding sustainable ecological services, biodiversity, and amenities to the landscape. He has explored pollination, seed dispersal, population growth, ecological genetics, and most recently, problems of urban and heavily degraded lands. Working with both biologists and landscape designers, he is improving our understanding of restoration protocols and applying this knowledge to public projects and to environmental education initiatives.
Prior to an appointment as Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University in 1985, he was a biology professor and director of the Marsh Botanic Garden at Yale University. He is also Director of the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology, an initiative of Rutgers, dedicated to teaching graduate students and professionals, and conducting research on rebuilding urban native habitats and their biotic improvement. In 2006, he also was awarded an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. He was Visiting Professor of Ecology at Stockholm Univ., Sweden in 2009, and at Harvard Universitys Graduate School of Design in 2012.
Dr. Handel is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and a Certified Senior Ecologist of the Ecological Society of America, and is the Editor of the professional journal Ecological Restoration. For his scientific achievements, he has been named as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), of the Australian Institute of Biology, and of The Explorers Club. In 2007, he was elected an Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for national or international significant achievements to the profession. In 2011 he received the Society for Ecological Restoration Internationals highest research honor, the Theodore M. Sperry Award, for pioneering work in the restoration of urban areas. He has led national workshops for the U.S. EPA to train environmental specialists in ecology. He was on the State of New Jersey Invasive Species Council, recommending new public policies to halt habitat degradation.
He has been a lead member of landscape design teams doing ecological restoration in urban areas, including residential sites as well as the Fresh Kills landfill and Brooklyn Bridge Park in NYC, The Duke Farms Foundation 2,700 acre holdings and the Great Falls State Park in NJ, the landscape for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games, and the new 1,450 acre Orange County Great Park in California. Recognition for this work includes 2008 and 2009 ASLA National Awards of Honor for Analysis & Planning, 2009 ASLA National Honor Award for Research, 2009 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Award in Regional & Urban Design, and the 2009 American Planning Association National Planning Excellence Award for Innovation in Regional Planning. The U. S. National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, and private foundations have supported his research.
Mark Robson, Dean of Agricultural Programs
Mark Gregory Robson is the Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, Professor of Entomology and Professor of Public Health at Rutgers University. Mark has a BS in Agricultural Science, MS, and PhD in Plant Science and MPH from Rutgers. He has an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Public Health DrPH from Chulalongkorn University. Marks research is on health effects exposures to pesticides in developing countries. Dr. Robson is the PI on the Thai Fogarty Center in Bangkok at Chulalongkorn University, he has trained 600 students and directly supports 26 students from 7 countries in environmental and public health for MPH and PhD, and he also had a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant for Indonesia building environmental capacity for nurses. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the International Society for Exposure Science Mehlman Award for Exposure Assessment Research and the Malone International Leadership Award from APLU.
Crawford, Bruce; Director of Rutgers Gardens
Deboer Jr., Roy
Deboer, Roy; Emeritus Faculty Member
Design Professor and ASLA Fellow
Emeritus Faculty Member
Emeritus Faculty Member