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Richard Alomar is an Associate Professor, Department Chair, and Director of the Office of Urban Extension and Engagement, as well as 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.

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Anita Bakshi is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses on Housing and Open Space Design, Visualization, and Research Methods. She is also an affiliated lecturer for the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) Program, teaching courses on Heritage and Planning in Divided Cities and Cultural Heritage and Community Organizing. She has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California – Berkeley. Following several years in architectural practice in Chicago, California and the Foster+Partners Istanbul field office, she received her PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from Cambridge University. Her PhD research with the Conflict in Cities Research Programme focused on space and memory in divided cities.

Her research has focused on questions of mapping and representation for contested environments, and she has exhibited maps and drawings that document ethnographic research in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). She engages in design research that explores new forms for monuments, memorials, and other commemorative structures. Current research investigates the role of landscape architecture and design in the Anthropocene era through a design proposal for a memorial that marks and describes environmental losses and enables collective mourning and healing. Recent publications include “Urban Form and Memory Discourses in Contested Cities” in the Journal of Urban Design (2014), and “Trade and Exchange in Nicosia’s Common Realm” in 'Post Ottoman Coexistence: Sharing Space in the Shadow of Conflict' (2016).

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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.

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Anette Freytag is an award-winning scholar, educator and critic.  Her research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century landscape architecture.  Her quest is to bridge the gap between landscape history and contemporary practice.  Before joining the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers as Associate Professor in the Fall of 2016, Anette has taught undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at Universities in Zürich, Basel, Innsbruck, Rapperswil and Leuven. She was promoted to Professor in 2020.

As Head of Research at the Chair of Landscape Architecture at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) from 2011-2015 she developed, together with Prof. Christophe Girot and the TheoryLab, Topology – a theoretical framework and tools to recast the potentials of landscape architecture.  Landscape architecture is understood as an integrative discipline with a deeply rooted tradition in shaping and preserving nature.  The goal of establishing a «topological thinking» is to merge ecological concerns and a design approach that considers the basic factors of modeling a site: the understanding of both the terrain and the history of a place, its spatial qualities, the condition of its soil, the proper use of plants and building materials, and the adjustment to the expectations of its users while challenging aesthetic sensitivities.  Anette currently teaches the principles of Topology to landscape architects, ecologists, engineers, and art historians.  

Her latest book (editor and main author) The Gardens of La Gara. An 18th century estate in Geneva with gardens designated by Erik Dhont and a labyrinth by Markus Raetz published by Scheidegger& Spiess in 2018 is a case study to explore, through the prism of one estate, all aspects of garden culture. It is also available in German and French.

Her book Dieter Kienast. Stadt und Landschaft lesbar machen (forthcoming English edition: The Landscapes of Dieter Kienast), published by gta Zurich 2016, received the DAM – Deutsches Architekturmuseum Architectural Book Award 2016, the German Garden Book Award 2016 / Best Book in Garden History and a Special Prize STIHL for exceptional performance, and was selected as one of the “Most Beautiful Swiss Books” by the Federal Office for Culture of the Swiss Confederation.

Anette’s work has appeared in Topos, Studies in the History of Gardens and Landscape Design, Gartenkunst, Garten + Landschaft, Stadt + Grün, and others.  She is co-author of Pamphlet 15 Topology (gta Zurich 2012) and co-editor of Landscript 3 Topology (Jovis Berlin 2013) and has contributed papers to several award-winning books.  Her work has been supported by the Volkswagen Foundation, the Lucius and Annemarie Burckhardt Foundation, the ETH Department of Architecture, the Federation of Swiss Landscape Architects (BSLA-FSAP), the Christoph Merian Foundation and ProHelvetia. 

Apart from her work in academia, Anette founded the research bureau ville.jardin.paysage in 2001 and delivered a highly regarded study on the garden of Stoclet House, created by Josef Hoffmann, 1905-1911.  Her study resulted in the site becoming classified in 2005 and contributed to its inscription on the World Heritage list.

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For over thirty years Frank has explored the connection between people and landscape through both 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. After teaching courses in biology, evolution and environmental science for ten years at Upsala College, Frank joined the faculty at Rutgers The State University part time in 1994, and full time in 2012. His current appointment as Assistant Professor of Practice and the Director of the Environmental Planning and Design program within the Department of Landscape Architecture consists of working with academic administrators, academic advising, administrative staff and faculty to ensure the continued development and delivery of a cutting edge program.  It also allows for teaching, research collaboration and mentoring of graduate students. He serves on the graduate faculty for the Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Ecology Evolution and Natural Resources and the Federated Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers Newark and is also 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.

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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.

Dr. Wolfram Hoefer is an Associate Professor and serves as Director of the Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES). CUES is a collaboration between the Rutgers departments of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sciences, providing an opportunity to combine the best science, engineering, and design expertise to address urban environmental issues.

He holds a doctoral degree from Technische Universtät München 2000 and is a licensed landscape architect in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany

Dr. Hoefer developed numerous community outreach projects in the field of adaptive re-use of brownfields, urban resiliency, and infrastructure. His research and teaching focus is the cultural interpretation of brownfields as potential elements of the public realm. Further he is investigating the different cultural interpretations of landscapes by the general public in North America and Europe and how they influence public participation processes as well as professional approaches towards planning and design solutions for adaptive re-use of brownfields. This research informs Dr. Hoefer’s approaches of developing and applying innovative environmental planning and design approaches for New Jersey through the Center of Urban Environmental Sustainability

He is the recipient of a 2021 Excellence in Design Studio Teaching by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA).

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Vincent Javet is a Swiss-Canadian designer, design theorist and educator. Formally trained as a landscape architect and urban planner, his research focuses on the ontology and topology of landscapes, using entropy as a guiding force in his spatial research to create and reveal the unconventional within the conventional. He is committed to studying environmental performance and developing innovative design and visualization methods for dynamic landscapes through both his design and research work.

Vincent directs his independent practice, OVJ, and serves as Instructor of Digital Design, Visualization & Fabrication at the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University. He has practiced in Canada, Europe, and the United States with renowned offices such as Unknown Studio, West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, and North Design Office. In addition to his international design experience, Vincent has held research positions with the Green Roof Information Testing Laboratory (GRIT Lab) at the University of Toronto, and the environmental non-profit Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

Kathleen L. JohnAlder is an Associate 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.

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Dr. Kaunzinger is a community ecologist, with advanced training in species interactions and how these contribute to long-term success of natural community structure. She has worked on urban restoration ecology projects throughout the region, specializing on coastal habitats, inland woodlands, aquatic systems, and environmental education initiatives. Also, she has designed large public ecological education trails and experiences for the Duke Farms new Center for Land Stewardship, a 2,000 acre suburban landscape dedicated to improving understanding and improvement of our urban habitats. She has special experience in understanding the interaction of productivity and food web structure in determining species abundance, and the factors that control the success of species reintroductions following local extinctions. These are all fundamental to understanding the methods needed to restore habitats to degraded land. In addition to her ecological research and field work, she has taught university-level courses in plant ecology, vertebrate zoology, marine ecology, and limnology (the study of aquatic systems) at Rutgers University and Drew University.

Laura Lawson joined the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers in 2010 as Professor and Chair. She currently serves as Interim Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Interim Director of the New Jersey Experiment Station. Laura Lawson 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, she teaches courses and contributes lectures that explore the relationship between environmental conditions, human behavior, and design. 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 (2005) and co-author of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (2009) and Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity (2017). She has numerous publications in academic journals, edited books, and popular media. Her current scholarly project, Cultivating Justice, is a multimedia, collaborative effort to explore African American experiences in rural and urban agriculture and serve a network of activists, scholars, and practitioners engaged in supporting African American agricultural legacy and current viability

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Prior to completing a masters in landscape architecture at Rutgers University, Arianna received undergraduate degrees in ceramics and art history, and then nurtured her passion for small-scale agriculture while managing a two-acre organic farm in central New Jersey. This proclivity for growing food directly influenced her masters thesis, which focused on large-scale suburban community gardens, and continues to guide her current work in agriculturally oriented courses. Arianna recognizes the distinctive opportunity and ability that the field of landscape architecture has to utilize design in order to problem solve in matters of environmental stewardship, social justice and land planning, and understands it to be a field in which one can both create and give back. As such, she envisions a partnership between landscape architecture and agriculture that inherently speaks to these components in a direct and powerful manner. She is currently pursuing these ideas as a Geography Ph. D candidate.

Before joining the Department of Landscape Architecture as an instructor, she worked as a landscape designer and project manager at ETM Associates, a landscape architecture firm that specializes in public space management and design.

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Gail handles the program administration and the Chair's schedule. She is an invaluable resource for faculty and students in the department.

As Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers, Holly Grace Nelson combines her professional design career with teaching and scholarship opportunities. She maintains an award-winning studio practice in Princeton, participates in American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) activities nationally and at the state chapter level (NJASLA), and mentors students to win professional awards and to present at academic and professional conferences. Because she continues her design work, she extends student learning with educational opportunities to develop a project for a client from concept through installation. Her studios have installed several campus gardens, and seven of her students received student design awards from the NJASLA and others.

The landscape becomes common ground to facilitate and deepen connections between people. Holly has always collaborated on design projects, working in teams of professionals, creating “bridges” with clients, and gathering together artisans and contractors to energize the construction process in the creation of site-specific products. Collaborative, people-oriented design is a theme in her teaching. Collaboration starts in the educational setting with design studios that foster interactive learning amongst students and create a supportive and inspirational learning environment. Collaboration continues to the faculty level (co-teaching with colleagues inside and outside the discipline of Landscape Architecture), the institutional level (co-directing the undergraduate Environmental Planning and Design programs), and the community level (for instance, four studio collaborations with the National Park Service where the work of designing a landscape engages the public through the process of community-based design).

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Meredith Taylor is a Research Associate in the Office of Agriculture and Urban Programs. She received an MA in Food Studies and Nutrition from New York University and her MPH from NY Medical College School of Public Health. Meredith’s interest in food, health, and agriculture have led her to pursue academic and professional opportunities that embrace local and regional strategies for building healthy sustainable food systems. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, she developed the initial phase of a hydroponic farming project in Newark and directed food and environment programs for Isles, Inc. in Trenton.
Meredith is a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, a founding board member for the New Jersey Farm to School Network and an avid beekeeper.

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.

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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.

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Comprehensive List of our MLA Graduate Faculty

Anette Freytag Member Professor of Landscape Architecture SEBS; Dr. Sc. ETH ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) History and theory of designed landscapes and design pedagogy
David Tulloch Member Professor of Landscape Architecture SEBS; Ph.D. Wisconsin Institutional applications of GIS; public participatory GIS; information-based environmental planning; urban information systems
Jason Grabosky Member Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources SEBS; Ph.D. Cornell  Urban forestry and urban tree establishment 
Jean Marie Hartman Member Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture SEBS; Ph.D. Connecticut Applications of ecological thinking to landscape design
Kathleen John-Alder Member Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture SEBS; M.E.D. Yale; LLA History of landscape architecture; landscape architecture design
Laura J. Lawson Member Professor, Interim Executive Dean SEBS SEBS; Ph.D. California (Berkeley) Urban gardens and community design
Mark Gregory Robson Member Professor of Entomology SEBS; Ph.D. Rutgers Urban agriculture and environmental health
Richard Alomar Member Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director Office of Urban Extension SEBS; M.L.A. Louisiana State Green technology; landscape construction; community design
Steven N. Handel Member Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources SEBS; Ph.D. Cornell; FASLA Restoration ecology; plant population ecology; plant-animal interactions
Wolfram Hoefer Member Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability SEBS; Dr.-Ing. Technische Universität München (Germany) Design and cultural interpretation of brownfields as potential elements of the public realm 
Robin Leichenko Member Associate Professor of Geography  SAS; Ph.D. Pennsylvania State Economic geography; climate change vulnerability; human dimensions of global environmental change
Gerald Beegan Member Associate Professor in Design Mason Gross; MA Middlesex University, London, UK
Trinidad Rico Member Associate Professor and Director of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies SAS; Ph.D. Stanford Critical heritage studies on non-Western preservation practices 
Karen O'Neill Member Associate Professor or Human Ecology SEBS; Ph.D. UCLA Land, water, biodiversity, and climate in policies and urban plans
Cymie Payne Member Associate Professor of Human Ecology SEBS; JD Berkeley Law Governance, institutions, and law for sustainability and conservation of natural resources and the environment.
Daniel Van Abs Member Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Human Ecology SEBS;  Ph.D. SUNY; AICP Water resources management
Frank Gallagher Member Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture SEBS; Ph.D. Rutgers Sublethal impacts; soil metal induced stress; urban species/assemblage level dynamics
Holly Grace Nelson Member Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture SEBS; M.L.A. Virginia; LLA  Landscape design; landscape drawing; agricultural landscapes
Richard Bartolone Associate Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture SEBS; M.L.A. Virginia; LLA Rain water management; planting design and professional practice
Anita Bakshi Associate Assistant Professor of Teaching in Landscape Architecture SEBS; Ph.D. Cambridge Memory and materiality; monuments, memorials, commemorative structures, and contested environments 
Vincent Javet Associate Instructor in Landscape Architecture SEBS; M.L.A. University of Toronto

Design Theory, Green Infrastructure, computational Design Methods, Visualization and Semiotics, Fabrication

Arianna Lindberg Associate Instructor in Landscape Architecture SEBS; M.L.A. Rutgers Environmental stewardship; social justice; land planning
David Smith Associate Assistant Professor of Teaching in Landscape Architecture SEBS; M.S. Rutgers Geomatics; GIS; remote sensing; cartography; spatial analysis
Meredith Taylor Associate Research Assistant in Landscape Architecture SEBS; M.P.H. New York Medical College Food, health, and agriculture 



Crawford, Bruce

Deboer Jr., Roy

Kristoph, Steve

Schenk, Geza


Dean Cardasis, Professor Emeritus and Director of the James Rose Center for Landscape Architecture Research and Design

Webster, John and Connie; Emeritus Faculty Members