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Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning: PhD

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

The interdisciplinary PhD in Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning prepares leaders and future faculty in landscape architecture by engaging in creative intellectual work that contributes to the theory and practice of landscape architecture. Candidates apply critical theories and methods in landscape architecture to address the dynamic issues and scales of natural and built landscapes in the context of human systems.


Academic faculty and leadership positions in landscape architecture and allied fields.

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Admission Deadlines

The PhD program in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning is highly competitive. With 3-5 students admitted each year, priority is given to students who have their applications submitted no later than March 15.

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis, with final decisions to be made after March 15.


Financial Assistance

All PhD students within the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning are funded through the department. Please contact the department at (435) 797-0500 for more information.


David Anderson, Other, Utah State University
Professional Practice Associate Professor
Department: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department
Office: FAV 226
Phone: (435) 797-1984
Email: david.anderson@usu.edu


Brent Chamberlain, PhD, University of British Columbia
Assistant Professor
Area: Environmental psychology, cultural ecosystem services, geovisualization, decision making, urban form and health
Office: FAV 260
Phone: (435) 797-0213
Email: brent.chamberlain@usu.edu


Keith Christensen, PhD, Utah State University
Professor, Department Head
Area: Socially equitable planning and design
Office: FAV 228
Phone: (435) 797-0507
Email: keith.christensen@usu.edu


David Evans, Other, University of California, Berkeley
Professional Practice Associate Professor
Area: Community-engaged learning, strategies for career development and student advising, landscape urbanism and sustainable urban design.
Office: FAV 224
Phone: (435) 797-0508
Email: david.evans@usu.edu


Benjamin George, PhD, Utah State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Online design pedagogy, design pedagogy, history pedagogy, Moorish gardens, Portuguese gardens, collaborative technology, social media.
Office: FAV 238
Phone: (435) 797-0561
Email: benjamin.george@usu.edu


Daniella Hirschfeld, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor
Department: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department
Office: FAV 244
Phone: (435) 797-5725
Email: daniella.hirschfeld@usu.edu


Todd Johnson, Other, Harvard University
Associate Professor
Department: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department
Area: Design teaching methods.
Office: FAV 236
Phone: (435) 797-0501
Email: todd.johnson@usu.edu


Caroline Lavoie, MLA, University of Southern California
Professor
Department: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department
Area: Community planning, urban design/theory, historic landscapes and preservation, site planning
Office: FAV 240
Phone: (435) 797-0505
Email: caroline.lavoie@usu.edu


Carlos Licon, PhD, Arizona State University
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Area: Sustainable development models and assessment, bioclimate design, regional landscape planning, information visualization.
Office: FAV 256
Phone: (435) 797-3978
Email: carlos.licon@usu.edu


Sean Michael, PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Professor
Department: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department
Area: Crime prevention through environmental design, recreation planning, human-environment relationships
Office: FAV 252
Phone: (435) 797-0509
Email: sean.michael@usu.edu


Keunhyun Park, PhD, University of Utah
Assistant Professor
Area: Digital technologies and spatial data analytics in planning and design.
Office: FAV 258
Phone: (435) 797-0225
Email: keunhyun.park@usu.edu


Jake Powell, Other, Pennsylvania State University
Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor
Department: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department
Area: Grassroots watershed planning and implementation, artful rainwater design and stormwater management, water conservation through landscape design, large scale water management in the inter-mountain west, low impact development, trail and natural open space planning and design, and design elements that affect place attachment and nature connection.
Office: FAV 226A
Phone: (435) 797-4293
Email: jake.powell@usu.edu


Ole Sleipness, PhD, Clemson University
Associate Professor
Department: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department
Area: Branding of the built environment, rural community development and change, interface between rural public and private lands.
Office: FAV 260
Phone: (435) 797-0510
Email: ole.sleipness@usu.edu


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Academic Advising

Carlos Licon
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Office: FAV 256
Phone: (435) 797-3978
Email: carlos.licon@usu.edu



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