Faculty

Rebecca Ginsburg
Associate Professor

Rebecca Ginsburg became an architectural historian because she was excited by the idea that close, careful study of buildings and landscapes can reveal rich and significant details about the people that inhabit or inhabited a given place. Architectural history and landscape history are especially useful for studying the lives of the poor. Because they don’t leave many written records, physical remains are often the best way to uncover the conditions in which marginalized, oppressed people lived.

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Mary Pat McGuire, RLA
Assistant Professor


Mary Pat McGuire is a Registered Landscape Architect, Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, and 2016-2018 Design Research Fellow in the College of Fine & Applied Arts. Her research and teaching focus on water-based landscape architecture and urbanism, in the Great Lakes area. Her work goes beyond 'problem-solving' to define and transform the next century of urban water environments. 

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Aneesha Dharwadker
Designer-in-Residence

Aneesha Dharwadker is an educator and practitioner interested in global urbanism, design research methods, and design representation. She is founding principal of Chicago Design Office and founding editor of Transect Magazine, a quarterly journal of design criticism. Her research areas include urbanization in South Asia, colonial and postcolonial spatial practices, and links between urban environments and literacy. Her work is connected by new understandings of the term “history”: what it means, how it is produced, and how it affects the future of design practice.

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M. Elen Deming
Professor

As a practitioner and teacher of landscape architecture, I try to understand how practical landscape problems are shaped by the social and environmental values of designers. These values are hidden in plain sight everywhere in the built environment. Values motivate and guide professional practice and place-making through mechanisms such as property laws, environmental policy, and theories of design.

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Katherine Kraszewska
Designer-in-Residence

Katherine Kraszewska is a landscape designer and a 2016-2017 Designer-in-Residence in the Department of Landscape Architecture. She earned a Ph.D. in Sustainable Bio-Products from the College of Forestry, Mississippi State University, and is the owner and principal designer of Kraszewska Landscape Design Consulting, based in Boise, Idaho. Her research explores innovative, low impact development practices and policy as a means towards sustainable stormwater management.

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Conor O'Shea
Assistant Professor

Conor O’Shea is a landscape designer and urbanist and founding principal of Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape.

O’Shea holds post-professional MLA (2012) and Master in Design Studies:  Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology (2014) degrees from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a BLA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007).

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Amita Sinha
Professor

My scholarship is focused on forms and meanings of cultural landscapes of the Indian subcontinent. I study their evolution as shaped by broad cultural currents as well as everyday social practices through ethnographic and archival research. I am particularly interested in exploring cultural ways of seeing that impact the design of the built environment. I aim to represent the phenomenology of lived experience of a site through site readings and mappings that become the basis for grounded speculations on its future.

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D. Fairchild Ruggles
Professor and Ph.D. Program in Architecture and Landscape Architecture Chair

I study magnificent—sometimes impoverished—and environmentally important landscapes in the Islamic world, the Mediterranean, and South Asia. I am particularly fascinated by the past and present interconnections between human society and water management—both the failures and the successes—and my research in that area led me to develop a popular undergraduate environmental history course on water from ancient Pompeii to the Ganges to 20th-century Chicago.

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Carol Emmerling-DiNovo
Assistant Head and Academic Advisor

Carol Emmerling-DiNovo is a licensed landscape architect who is interested in environmental stewardship and the teaching of design. She advises students in the professionally accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs. She teaches Professional Practice and the beginning Site Engineering course. Her on-line Professional Internship course has enabled to students to receive academic credit for working in design offices around the world.

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David L. Hays
Associate Professor and Associate Head

My interest in landscape architecture first emerged through study of art history and was later transformed through study of design.  In keeping with that path, my work addresses both historical and contemporary situations.   My historical research focuses on the invention and reception of new landscape types in early modern Europe.  How did innovative designs come into being, and how did people respond to them?

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Craig Reschke
Designer-in-Residence

Craig Reschke holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Before coming to the University of Illinois, he was Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. He was also a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent five years as Project Designer at SOM Chicago. Craig also has his own architecture and landscape practice in Chicago; Future Firm.

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Brian Deal
Associate Professor

I am actively engaged in teaching and research on issues broadly relating to sustainability and planning. My scholarship includes the study of planning from an energy conservation perspective, urban land use transformation and modeling, planning for climate change, and approaches that enable communities to make better (more sustainable) decisions. I am the Director of the Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) and Director of the Landuse Evolution and impact Assessment Model (LEAM) laboratory.

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William Sullivan
Professor and Head

How do landscapes that we design, especially urban landscapes, impact the health and wellbeing of people? My students and I examine this question by measuring the impact of urban design on a person’s ability to recover from stressful experiences, the influence that views from high school classrooms have on a student’s capacity to learn, and the effect that urban green spaces have one’s physical activity, mental health, and relationships with others. In these studies, we assess people’s hormones, heart rates, brain waves, psychological states, and ability to pay attention.

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Jessica Henson
Assistant Clinical Professor and Undergraduate Programs Chair

Jessica’s research explores rural and urban settings and the relationships between their hydrological, cultural, and social contexts. She emphasizes connections between rural and urban areas both in the United States as well as globally. Specifically, she explores how landscape architects can create anticipatory design solutions in the context of shifting population demographics in rural and urban settings.

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Stephen Sears
Associate Professor

Stephen Sears maintains a creative practice and a research agenda that includes design projects for marginalized urban territories, and geo-humanist studies of Midwestern working landscapes. His work on marginalized urban territories explores relationships between environmental, economic, and social conditions found in large-scale, under-used territories in Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, Buenos Aires, Santander, Puebla and Rome.

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