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Department of

Landscape Architecture

Associate Professor

Benjamin Shirtcliff PhD

Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
Associate Professor, Urban Design

Mailing Address

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

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-0797
Office: 476 Design


PhD, Urban Studies, University of New Orleans, 2012
MLA, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
BLA, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
BA, Philosophy, University of Oregon, 1999

On the Web

Supporting Files

Research Interests

Benefits of urban design and city play to support heterogeneous relationships between people and place, particularly vulnerable populations like youth. Recent research highlights the capacity for youth to appropriate marginal urban space for prosocial gains.

Current Projects 


Shirtcliff, Ben. 2018. "The Transformative Power of City Play" Cities and Health. 

Shirtcliff, Ben. 2016. "Big Data in the Big Easy."  Landscape Journal. 34, 49-64

Shirtcliff, B., Sk8ting the Sinking City. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 2015.

Shirtcliff, B. (2015). Surfing the You Tube: How social media is changing landscape research. Paper presented at the CELA.

Shirtcliff, B. (2015). It's in the Dirt! CURTAILS from Fundred to Finished. International Conference of the Society of Environmental Geochemistry and Health.

Deborah Driscol, B. S., Andrew Hunt. (2015). Down Profile of Phosphorous in Soils Amended with Different Phosphate Products over One Year. International Conference of the Society of Geochemistry and Health, Arlington, TX.

Shirtcliff, B. 2014. Sk8ting the Sinking City. Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons. Seattle: Seattle University.

Current Scholarship