Christopher J. Seeger

Christopher J. Seeger

Professor, Landscape Architecture
Extension Specialist
Extension Specialist, Landscape Architecture



Campus Office: Community and Economic Development Extension 2321 North Loop Drive, Suite 121 Ames, IA 5001

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


Research Interests

Professor Seeger specializes in the integration of geospatial technologies, data science and visualization with collaborative design technologies (crowd-sourcing, Public Participation GIS and Volunteered Geographic Information) to develop local current datasets and indicators that can be used in the planning and design process. His research includes the utilization of crowdsourcing technologies to document and model the built environment for the purpose of creating healthy, sustainable communities that include safe routes to schools, connected trail systems, and environments/programs that promote healthy lifestyles. 

In addition to this research, Professor Seeger leads the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Program which aims to provide community demographic, health and economic data resources to the public and local decision makers. He is also a co-director of the ISU Data Science for Public Good Young Scholars Program.

Professor Seeger teaches an Introduction the Web Mapping and an Introduction to GIS as online courses in the College of Design. He also co-leads the ISU Extension and Outreach Geospatial Technology Program which provides GIS workshops and publishes  Task sheets on geospatial, data science and other technology related topics.

Current Projects

Languages Spoken in Iowa

Indicators Program: Data for Decision Makers

Geospatial Technology Program: Task sheets

Data Science for Public Good Young Scholars Program


MLA, Iowa State University, 1997
BLA, North Dakota State University, 1995
BS, Environmental Design, North Dakota State University, 1995

Certificates and Registrations:
Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) 2008
Registered Landscape Architect (2004  Iowa #444)


Selected Publications

  • Iowa State University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice
  • Iowa ASLA Honor Award in Planning & Analysis
  • University Interdisciplinary Research Team Award
  • Innovation and Creativity Team Award - North Central Region Winner
  • Award for Excellence in Research-Based Programing
  • Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects - Merit Research Award
  • NACDEP 2020 North Central Region Runner Up in the Educational Material team category
  • NACDEP 2020 North Central Region Winner and National Runner Up in the Innovation and Creativity team category