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Landscape Architecture Faculty and Staff

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Administrative Staff


Academic Advisor

Graduate Coordinator



Professor Emeritus

Mira Engler PhD

Professor Emeritus, Landscape Architecture
Professor Emeritus, Urban Design

Mailing Address

Landscape Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-8937
Office: 478 Design


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, with honors
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
PhD Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles, Dissertation: “Gordon Cullen and the ‘Cut-and-paste’ Urban landscape,” Major Professor: Sylvia Lavin

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Research Interests

Landscape theory; the relationship between systems of landscape representation, mass media, and consumer culture; the history of ideas and debates about color in landscape architecture; the socio-political-ecological system of urban public space and infrastructure; and contemporary landscape design in the age of virtual media and culture

Current Projects


Landscape Design in Color: History, Theory, and Practice 1750-Today. Under contract. London: Routledge, 2023.


Immersive Landscapes and Virtual Media and Culture

Group Exhibition:

"Activist Art in Iowa" group Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Des Moines, IA, November 7, 2019 through February 14, 2020.

Current Scholarship

  • Landscape Design in Color: Theory, History, and Practice 1750-Today, 04/26/2022
  • , 09/27/2019
  • “Intersections of Landscape Design Studies and Consumerist Arts” in Reframing Landscape History, Society of Architectural Historians, 09/06/2016
  • The Image International Conference, Berkeley, CA, 10/24/2015
  • CELA 2015 paper: Primetime Landscapes = Image Making + Mass Media + Visual Marketing , 03/27/2015
  • upcoming book, Cut and Paste Urban Landscape: The Work of Gordon Cullen (Routledge, 2015), 03/07/2015