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Graduate Theses and Projects

The Master’s thesis or an independent design project in the MLA program is the capstone of our graduate education. Topics include creative site design projects, innovative planning approaches, and research in history and theory. Below are this year's work in tiles, and below that are all prevoius years' titles. For student work that is maintained in the Rutgers Library system links are provided.


plan
Anna Erickson

Nature, Culture, and Infrastructure: Pylons in the Garden: Urban and Suburban Hiking in New Jersey's Gateway Region

plan
Jason Cincotta

Re-Envisioning Nottingham Way: A Comprehensive Response to East Trenton's Post-Industrial Landscape

plan
Mark Robison

The Great American Squirrel Trail: An Epic Proposal for Large Scale Landscape Restoration Through Vision, Belief & Shared Action

Tree
John Hayton

Bridging the Divide: Connecting North Jersey Communities and Nature Through Greenway Design

plan
Samuel Ferrara

A Contemporary Sublime: Progressing the Human Environment Relationship

History
Mouli Luo

Viewing Branch Brook Park: The History and Future of Landscape Representation

Flowers
Kelly Forsyth

Where have all the flowers gone? A call for color in public open spaces.

plan
Ellen Fallon-Senechal

Capital City Farm: Modeling a Way Forward

History
Brady Smith

A New Era of Restoration and Redevelopment in Bayonne, NJ: Reconnecting Community to Upper New York Bay


2020 Candidates (as above)

Cincotta, Jason Thesis Re-Envisioning Nottingham Way: A Comprehensive Response to East Trenton's Post-Industrial Landscape
Erickson, Anna Thesis Nature, Culture, and Infrastructure: Pylons in the Garden: Urban and Suburban Hiking in New Jersey's Gateway Region
Fallon-Senechal, Ellen Thesis Capital City Farm: Modeling a Way Forward
Ferrara, Samuel Thesis A Contemporary Sublime: Progressing the Human Environment Relationship
Forsyth, Kelley Thesis Where have all the flowers gone? A call for color in public open spaces.
Hayton, John Thesis Bridging the Divide: Connecting North Jersey Communities and Nature Through Greenway Design
Luo, Mouli Thesis Viewing Branch Brook Park: The History and Future of Landscape Representation
Robison, Mark Thesis The Great American Squirrel Trail: An Epic Proposal for Large Scale Landscape Restoration Through Vision, Belief & Shared Action
Smith, Brady Thesis A New Era of Restoration and Redevelopment in Bayonne, NJ: Reconnecting Community to Upper New York Bay

2019 Candidates/Graduates

Bui, Maithy Thesis Unspoken Language: Nature Bridging Culture
Cohen, Nicole Thesis Traversing Urban "Wildlands": An Intervention within the Unique Plant Communities of Liberty State Park
Devalue, Jacalyn Project Floating Islands
Dorsey, Jillian Thesis The Lower Raritan Watershed: A Resident's Guide to Stewardship
Martic, Sanja Thesis Revealing the Unseen River, A Rivercentric Landscape Exploration
Martin, Travers Thesis Getting Around: A Tool-Kit for Activating Contaminated, Idle and Transitioning Landscapes
Peng, Bo Thesis Sidewalk Appropriation: The Shaping of Street Space in Manhattan's Chinatown
Randjelovic, Diana Thesis Transparent Traces
Shapoval, Sonya Thesis Thresholds: Enhancing the Experience at the Raymond Farm
Moss, Samantha Thesis TBD

2018 Graduates

Hoopes, Mark Thesis Design to Connect
Huang, Ying Project Topophilia -- Reconnecting People to Places Through the Reclamation of Post Industrial Lands
Patchowsky, Katharine Thesis La Petite Ceinture Railway
Simovski, Nikola Project Hidden Future of the Erie Rail Line Cut in Jersey City
Tryba, Kimberly Thesis PALIMPSEST: The Cultural Landscape of Camp Kilmer on Livingston Campus
Wang, Jun Project An Experiential Memorial: The National Environmental Justice Memorial in Ringwood
Williams, Kari Thesis Life in Car Land: Freeing Space for People on U.S. Route 1

2017 Graduates

Bergstrom, Jeremiah Thesis Extension Into New Jersey's Urban Core
Betances, Amber Thesis Urban Refuge Partnership
Bhagwat, Radhika Thesis South Waterfront Park Design, Camden, NJ
Collins, Meghan Thesis How Can Landscape Architects Create Urban Gardens as a Catalyst for Learning?
Dahringer, Donna Thesis Optimizing Ecological Function, Agricultural Productivity, and Aesthetic Value on a Small Site in New Jersey's Rural-Urban Fringe
Hao, Tian Thesis Feel the Mountain
Hewitt, Christopher Project Rutgers Gardens Master Plan
Janulis, Constantine Thesis A Walk Through Perth Amboy's Industrial Memory 
Martinez, Stacy Project Have you ever felt invisible before? Homelessness in Newark, NJ.
Robles, Breanna Thesis A Garden for East Flatbush
Ryan, Jennifer Thesis Consider the Shrub
Young, Thomas Thesis Isoptopes in the Garden

2016 Graduates

Ju, Longjun Project Weehawken Cove in Hoboken Waterfront Redesign
Li, Muzi Thesis An Exploration of Senior-Friendly Design Interventions for Columbus Park, NYC
Oettinger, Ellen Thesis Environmental Effects of Road Design
Park, Boyoung Thesis The relationship between Land Use and Water Quality in two sub-watersheds of the Raritan River, New Jersey
Pilla, Megan Thesis Stream Bank Eevitalization in Somerville, New Jersey
Pontius-Courtney, Tekla Thesis Early Representations of the Salton Sink: The Construction of Sea and Desert
Schlesinger, Andrew Thesis POP-UP Compost Project
Zhao, Xiaoliang Project Green Space Design for Victims of Domestic Violence: The Therapeutic Effects of Gardens

2015 Graduates

Abeltin, Jacqueline Project Community Supported Agriculture: Closing the Hunger Gap in Monmouth County
Burkhalter, Jennifer Project Community Based Design with a Particular Focus on the Inclusion of Individuals with Autism
Hyde, Justin Thesis Green Infrastructure Practices
Lugar, Kara Project The Living Seawall: Balancing engineered solutions with functioning ecological systems at Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area
Mody, Miloni Project Studies of the development patterns of Liberty State Park, Paulus Hook, and Port Liberté and investigation into their future survivals of the extreme weather events over the time.
Op't Hof, Andrew Thesis Slab City, California
Triplett, Tyson Project Best Management Practices for Warm Season Grass Meadows
Vardi Topal, Hanife Thesis Potential of Community Gardens for Sustainable Urban Development in Izmir, Turkey
Wang, Xiaoxia Project Redesigning an Abandoned Industrial relec of Liberty State park
Yan, Han Project Bridging social and land recovery at Liberty State Park - Artistic expression of restoration ecological science

 2014 Graduates

Lindberg, Arianna Thesis Suburban Dirt
Kopia, Kristine Project Urban Restoration
Li, Yiquong Project Landscape Ecology and Cultural Landscape in Contemporary National Parks Planning and Design: A Circulation System Study of Water Gap National Recreation Areas 
Rohde, Zachary Project An Exploration of Multimedia Rendering as it Relates to Historical and Future Practice in landscape Architecture
Sudberg, Matthew Project A suitablilty assessment for future wetland restoration
Zhou, Mengni Project Use open space connecting urban structure and local culture

 2013 Graduates

Bykowski, James Project Re-imagining Hoboken's Engineered Landscape
Cesanek, Adam Thesis Evaluating Public Amenities of Stormwater Management Demonstration Projects in Philadelphia, PA
Corbo Nuccio, Kimberly Project Connecting People to Place: Application of Landscape Architecture Principles to transform public waterway access in Brielle, NJ
Hanrahan, David Thesis Hybrid Territory
Huang, Wanqing Project Retrofitting the Everyday Landscape of Transportation Centers in NJ
Jadhav, Mukta Project Snowscapes Infrastructure
Kemper, Kristopher Project Transforming a Former Airfield for Grassland Bird Conservation and Education
Maietta, Erik Project Exploring the Influence of Climate Change on Native Woody Plants of the Northeast
Ortiz, Denisse Project Latino Urbanism: A Case Study of the Meaning and Use of Streets as Place in the Dominican Community of Washington Heights, NYC
Perry, Kevin Project Walters Hall: A Space for People
Stanislaw, Alisa Project A Planting Design in Flux: Handling, Soil, Vegetation and Water on Site at Liberty State Park
Suh, Baewon Project Revitalization of Open Space of Highrise Apartment Complex
Taranto, James Project Connecting Rutgers Gardens to Cook Campus

 2012 Graduate

Cherichello, Joseph Thesis The Ecological Design of a Trail System Through a Brownfield Redevelopment Project at Liberty State Park