The Ph.D. Program in Architecture and Landscape Architecture is a unique, jointly administered program in which students may choose to focus in either Architecture or Landscape Architecture or to work collaboratively in both areas. The three areas of study are History and Theory, Social and Cultural Factors in Design, and Technology and Environment. The School of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture are two of the oldest and most distinguished professional degree programs in North America. Both benefit from internationally known faculties and from one of the largest academic libraries in the world, with more than ten million volumes and state of the art electronic access to archival and database information.

More information is available at the webpage for the Ph.D. Program in Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture:  Degrees Awarded


Steven Burrows, Indiana State Parks and the Hoosier Imagination, 1916-1933 (Chair: M. Elen Deming)

Pongsakorn Suppakittpaisarn, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Preference, and Human Well-Being, Social and Cultural Factors in Design (Chair: William C. Sullivan)


Dongying Li, Access to Nature and Adolescents’ Psychological Well-Being (Chair: William C. Sullivan)


Zheng Li, Managing Historic Mountain Landscapes near a Modern City: the Case of the Beijing Western Hills, 1912-2012 (Chair: D. Fairchild Ruggles)

Sonal Mithal Modi, Embodied Knowledge of Landscape: Accommodating Ongoing Subjective Experience in the Presentation of Heritage Landscape (Chair: David L. Hays)


Nicholas Brown, Landscape, Justice, and the Politics of Indigeneity: Denaturalizing Structures of Settler Colonialism in the Alberta/Montana Borderlands (Chair: Dianne S. Harris)

Martin Holland, “Empty Chairs, Broken Lives”: The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum (Chair: David L. Hays)

Douglas Williams, Fertile Ground: Community Gardens in a Low-Income Inner-City Chicago Neighborhood and the Development of Social Capital among African Americans (Chair: William C. Sullivan; Co-Director of Research: Robin L. Jarrett)

Xiaolu Zhou, Investigating the Association between the Built Environment and Active Travel of Young Adults Using Location-Based Technology (Chair: William C. Sullivan)


Bin Jiang, Establishing Dose-Response Curves for the Impact of Urban Forests on Recovery from Acute Stress and Landscape Preference (Chair: William C. Sullivan)


Abbilyn Miller, Determining Critical Factors in Community-Level Planning of Homeless Service Projects (Chair: Laura J. Lawson; Director of Research: Lynne M. Dearborn)


Chuo Li, Chinatown and Urban Redevelopment: A Spatial Narrative of Race, Identity, and Urban Politics, 1950-2000 (Chair: D. Fairchild Ruggles)


Sungkyung Lee, Narrated Landscape as Counterweight to Perception of Placelessness in Contemporary Urban Landscape: Re-Visioning Place in Gwangbok -Dong and Nampo-Dong, Busan, South Korea (Chair: Laura J. Lawson)


Assia Lamzah, The Impact of the French Protectorate on Cultural Heritage Management in Morocco: The Case of Marrakesh (Chairs: D. Fairchild Ruggles and Helaine Silverman)

Rachel Leibowitz, Constructing the Navajo Capital: Landscape, Power, and Representation at Window Rock (Chair: Dianne S. Harris)

Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture:  Current Candidates (ABD)

Molly Briggs, Seeing Through Chicago’s West Parks: Landscape Perception and the Panoramic Uncanny, History and Theory (Chair: M. Elen Deming)

Amir Habibullah, Islamic Gardens and Cultural Identity in a Globalized World, History and Theory (Chair: D. Fairchild Ruggles)

Michael A. King, Tethered Terrains: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the United States National Parks, History and Theory (Chair: David L. Hays)

Lassamon Maitreemit, Spirit Houses in the Archaeological Landscape of Vat Phou-Champasak: Reimagining Cultural Landscapes in Mainland Southeast Asia, Social and Cultural Factors in Design (Chair: Lynne M. Dearborn)

Ilona Matkovszki, Jewish Renaissance? A Study of Post-Socialist Landscape Transformations in the Historic Jewish Quarters of Budapest, Krakow, and Prague, History and Theory (Chair: D. Fairchild Ruggles)

Jennifer L. Thomas, Madness, Landscape, and State: The Emerging Nineteenth-Century Insane Asylum System of New York State, History and Theory (Chair: David L. Hays)

Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture:  Current Students 

Alexandre Champagne, History and Theory (Advisor: David L. Hays)

Yexuan Gu, Technology and Environment (Advisor Brian Deal)

Ellen Hartman, History and Theory (Advisor: David L. Hays)

Xiangrong Jiang, Social and Cultural Factors in Design (Advisor: William C. Sullivan)

Kyungkeun Lee, History and Theory (Advisor:  David L. Hays)

Fatemeh Saeidi-Rizi, Social and Cultural Factors in Design (Advisor: William C. Sullivan)

Nubras Samayeen, History and Theory/Social and Cultural Factors in Design (Advisor: D. Fairchild Ruggles)

Le Zhang, Technology and Environment (Advisor: Brian Deal)