MLA Student Directory

Class of 2016

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Daniel Blair
San Diego State University, BA History, 2011
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Research Interest: wetland restoration, stormwater management, brownfield redevelopment, transit-oriented development
Thesis topic: long term drought management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta


ChenMLAYingting Chen
Jinan University, China, Bachelor of Ecology, 2012
Hometown: Kunming, China
Research Interest: I am an architect; but also a scientist and artist. My background in ecology, fine art, and plants has drawn me to the intersection of those three things in the context of landscape architecture. Specifically, my interest lies in the connection between communities and the environment, sustainability while maintaining the aesthetic tradition, and construction of healthy ecological and social systems.

TheaCuiYi Cui
Tongji University, Animation, 2007
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Research Interest:Rural preservation, restoration and recreation design
Thesis topic: Cemetery Restoration Practices after Flood Damage


DittmanMLANate Dittman
University of Wyoming, B.S. Agroecology, 2008
University of Nebraska at Omaha, M.S. Urban Studies, 2012
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Research Interests: Designing with native plant communities, vernacular & working landscapes, prairie restoration
Thesis topic: Two Swallows Farm, Guest House Master Plan;


Reid FerreroReid Ferrero
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2013
Athens Tech, Certificate in Residential Architecture specializing in AutoCAD, 2008
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Research Interest: Biomimicry of natural hydraulic processes, water resources, biofiltration of water and bioconversion of algae

GriffinMLAAnnette J. Griffin
University of the Arts, BFA Crafts, 2010
Hometown Atlanta, GA
Research Interests: Historical ecology, soil, graphic communication, urban design
Thesis topic: At Our Fingertips: Soil Ecology and the Interactive Experience


Tianyi JiangTianyi Jiang
Nanjing Agricultural University, Bachelor of Agriculture, 2008
Shanghai East Normal University, Master of Ecology, 2011
Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China
Research Interests: Urban Ecology, sustainability, cultural landscapes,



Genna Mason
University of Michigan, BA Art History, Classical Archaeology, 2007
Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan
Research Interests: Cultural landscape management, historic landscape preservation, maritime landscapes, xeriscaping
Thesis topic: Cultural landscape management of Bear Mountain State Park


Arpan PatelArpan Patel
Georgia Tech College of Architecture, Master of Science in Building Construction & Facilities Management, 2013
Georgia Tech College of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture, 2011
Hometown: Anklav, Gujarat, India
Research Interests: Design-build processes, construction methods + techniques, GIS and BIM applications in landscape architecture


PerryMLAKatherine Perry
Washington & Lee University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 2008
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Research Interests: Landscape perception and preference, eco-revelatory design, ecological urbanism, native plants



Tao Wang
Beijing Forestry University, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Art Design, 2012
Hometown: Yantai, China
Research Interests: Urban design, residential landscape design, age-friendly urban public space design



Weiye Wang
Nanjing Forestry University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2014
Hometown: Jiangsu, China
Research Interest: Urban ecology



XiaoMAXinyi Xiao
Center South University of Technology and Forestry, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2014
Hometown: Changsha, Hunan, China
Research Interests: Public participation and social factors in urban design, the relationship between behavioral and psychological aspects of design and social interaction in public space



Linna Yuan
Anhui Agricultural University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2014
Hometown: Fuyang, China
Research Interests: Public place design, particularly great street design to enhance the visual interest and richness for a community; urban ecological design and sustainability


Class of 2017

BledsoeMLARoger Bledsoe
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Forest Resources with an emphasis in Wildlife Studies, 2006
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Research Interests: Ecological design, wildlife corridors and crossings


BowermanMLAMelanie Bowerman
University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, 2007
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Research Interests: Small-scale agriculture and permaculture practices within urban areas and how a connection to land and place can be made through local perennial food production


Rishika ChaudburyRishika Chaudbury
Amity University, NOIDA, Bachelor of Architecture, 2015
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Research Interests: landscape ecology, sustainable practices in landscape architecture


HeMLAChencheng He
Shanghai Jiaotong University, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Art Design, 2014
Hometown: Chengdu, China
Research Interest: Community design and revitalization, urban resources, landscapes merging the indoors and outdoors


HolmerMLALauren Holmer
Bachelor of Arts in English with Biology minor, Covenant College, 2010
Hometowns: Hampshire, IL and Charleston, SC
Research Interests: Regionalism in urban planning, vertical urban planning, the interface between people and animals in landscapes, wildlife corridors


Shaotian Li-photoShaotian Li
Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Urban Planning, BE, 2015
Hometown: Beijing, China
Research Interests: urban parks, plazas, community planning



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Xiaoying Shi
Beijing Forestry University, Bachelor of Landscape Gardening, 2015
Hometown: Dezhou, China
Research Interests: urban ecological design and restoration, public space design



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Dan Shinkle
Cleveland Institute of Art, Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, Sculpture, 2012
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Research Interests: the function of art and waterways in public space and perception; how they mutually benefit one another



SUmmersMLASusan Summers
Washington and Lee University, B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration, 2008
University of Georgia, M.S. in Accounting, 2009
Hometown: Covington, GA
Research Interests: Urbanism and edible landscapes


WorthamMLAMary Beth Wortham
University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences 2014
Hometown: Maryville, TN
Research Interests: Sustainable site design, planting design, urban development



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Tianyu Wu
Northeast Forestry University, BLA, 2015
Hometown: Xi An, China
Research Interests: ecological landscapes, protection and rebuilding of historical remains, urban site design


Chang YangChang Yang
Nanjing Forestry University, BLA, 2015
Hometown: Nanjing, China
Research Interest: landscape ecology



Fuyu YangFuyu Yang
Nanjing Forestry University, BLA, 2015
Hometown: Guiyang, China
Research Interests: landscape and ecology



Class of 2018

Devyn Quick

Devyn Quick
Grand Valley State University, BBA Business Economics, 2012
Hometown: Harbor Springs, MI
Research Interest: Global sustainability and health, historic vernacular landscape, historical ecology | LinkedIn


CarterRicksCarter Ricks
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, BA, Psychology, 2012
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Research Interests: urban design, ecological restoration, greenways, sustainable design, historic preservation


Danielle Valdes

Danielle Valdes
University of Hartford, Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, 2015
Hometown: Setauket, New York
Research Interests: sustainable design/living, National Park conservation, historical preservation, public space design, urban design


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Arianne Wolfe
Tulane University, BA Environmental Studies, 2011
Hometown: Charleston, SC and New Orleans, LA
Research Interests: sustainability, sustainable agriculture, permaculture, edible gardens



Landon WoodwardLandon Woodward
University of Georgia, B.S. in Physics & B.A. in English, 2012
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
Research Interests: urban ecology, sustainability, historic preservation



Yuwen Yang photoYuwen Yang
University of Maine, Bachelor of Horticulture, concentration in Landscape Design, 2014
Hometown: Changsha, China
Research Interests: green roofs and green walls, recreational and open space design, garden design and plant management



Alexandra YaunAlexandra Yaun
College of Charleston, BS, Elementary Education, 2008
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Research Interests: social justice and urbanization + resiliency, sustainable residential design focusing on xeriscaping, pollinator protection, natural filtration, native materials


Ran ZhangRan Zhang
Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Environmental Arts, 201
Hometown: Shijiazhuang, China
Research Interests: plant management, ecological landscapes, public areas, open space



Chen_QuChen Qu
Education: Beijing Forestry University/ Bachelor of Landscape Architecture/ 2015
Hometown: Tangshan, China
Research Interests: Planning and design of natural and built environments, the amelioration of land use impacts on receiving waters, regional place and place making, public gardens.


Ming Guan-PhotoMing Guan
Education: NanJing Forestry University, Bachelor Degree, 2016
Hometown: SuZhou  JiangSu China
Research interests:


Jiaxin Di
Education: Nanjing Forestry University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2016
Hometown: Changzhou, China
Research interests: Urban ecology, stormwater management, public space design



Li Fu
Education: Nanjing Forestry University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2012
Hometown: Anhui, China
Research interests: Ecology

Class of 2019

Wade_AlexanderWade C. Alexander
Education: Clemson University, Horticulture, 2015
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Research interests: Historic landscape restoration and revitalization,


Kelsey Brooks
Education: University of Georgia, International Affairs, 2009
Hometown: Athens, GA
Research interests: Native plants of Georgia, landscaping for wildlife, and designing equitable, generous, and sustainable public spaces


Matthew Dean
Education: University of Georgia, BS Cellular Biology, 2013
Hometown: Commerce, GA
Research interests: Regenerative agriculture, ecological restoration and biodiversity, residential design


Laura_EpositoLaura Esposito
Education: University of Pittsburgh, BA Environmental Studies, 2015
Hometown: New Castle, PA
Research interests: public space, urban sustainability, urban agriculture, landscape design for healthcare facilities.


Eka Ghuratia
Education: School of Architecture Indore, Bachelor of Architecture, 2016
Hometown: Jabalpur, India




Stelios_KalopedisStelios Kalopedis
Education: University of Georgia, Athens GA, BA Public and international affairs.
Hometown: Limassol, Cyprus
Research Interests: Sustainable design practices, permaculture, ecological restoration.


Chenlu Li
Education: Beijing University of Technology, Bachelor in Environmental Art Design, 2017
Hometown: Taiyuan, Shanxi
Research Interest: garden and community design, city design




Evelyn J. Mera
Education: University of Georgia, Master of Environmental Planning & Design, 2017; Nova Southeastern University, BS Environmental Studies, 2015
Hometown: Coconut Creek, FL
Research Interest: transit-oriented development, public space and recreation design, and breweries as a catalyst for communities.


Mary_MathisMary Mathis
Education: Auburn University, BS Horticulture, 2016
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Research Interest: Residential design, plant management, edible landscapes, native materials


Keely_McDonaldE. Keely McDonald
Education: Colorado State University, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture, 2012
Hometown: Durango, CO
Research interests: Sustainability, Green Roofs, Urban Agriculture, Permaculture, Historic Preservation, and Landscape Preservation

Jacqueline_MenkeJacqueline Menke
• Southern Illinois University Carbondale: BA in Psychology (2008)
• MPH with an emphasis in community health (2010)
• Northern Illinois University: MAT for Health Education (2012)
Hometown: Rock Island, IL
Research Interests: Ecological restoration, food forests/forest
gardening, sustainable design, implementing off-grid living
systems and structures in urban areas.

Carly NielsenCarly Nielsen
Education: Georgia College and State University, BS Environmental Science, 2015
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL, and Lawrenceville, GA
Research Interests: Ecological conservation and restoration, habitat design, constructed wetlands, permaculture, edible gardens, rooftop gardens, living walls, native materials


Zongying Peng
Education: Chengdu University of Technology, Bachelor in Landscape Gardening, 2017
Hometown: Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China



Jon_PiersonJon Pierson
Education: Northern Arizona University 2009
Hometown: Rossville, GA
Research Interests: Conservation, landscape ecology and recreation design


Lucy_RobertsonLucy Robertson
Education: Wofford College, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, 2014
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Research Interests: theme park and resort landscape design, sustainability, conservation


Rachael Shields
Education: University of Cincinnati, BS in Architecture, 2016
Hometown: Fennville, MI
Research Interests: relationship between architecture, agriculture, and landscape architecture


Class of 2020


Kelsey Broich
Education: University of Georgia, Art, 2015
Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Research Interests: planting design, stormwater, landscaping for wildlife, public parks and gardens


Jackson Gannaway
Education: The University of the South, BA German Language and Culture, 2011
Hometown: Collierville, TN
Research Interests: urban ecology and farming, urban design, sustainable design, historic preservation, prehistoric landscapes and architecture, foreign languages and cultures

Sarah Hutchinson
Education: Cornell University, BS Biology & Society, 2014
Hometown: Honeoye Falls, NY
Research Interests: ecological planting design, native plants, public parks, ecosystem restoration, designing for habitat/biodiversity



Deborah Kim
Education: University of Georgia, Bachelor in Biology, 2017
Hometown: LaGrange, GA
Research Interests: the relationship between the level of human interaction with the natural environment and one’s physical and mental health;


Oliver Penny
Education: University of North Texas, BA Political Science, 2010
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Research Interests: urban design, environmental psychology, sustainable design, stormwater management, place-making


Brandon Platt
Education: Indiana State University, MA History;
University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, BA History
Hometown: McCormick, SC
Research Interests: therapeutic gardens, historical gardens, human interaction/reaction to landscapes


Benjamin Proulx
Education: Brigham Young University, BS Landscape Management, 2017
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Research Interests: sustainability, edible plants and landscapes, agri-hoods, urban agriculture, Latin American landscapes, low-income communities


Matthew Quirey
Education: Oklahoma State University, BS Horticulture, 2007
University of Delaware (Longwood Fellow), MS Public Horticulture, 2014
Hometown: Blackwell, OK
Research Interests: cultural landscape management, preservation, planning, education, urban forestry, urban ecology, urban agriculture, design history, vernacular landscapes


Saadia Rais
Education: Virginia Tech, MS Sociology, 2016; BA Philosophy, 2013
Hometown: Blacksburg, VA
Research Interests: videography, social topics in design


Erika von Schroeder
Education: University of Nevada, Reno, BA Anthropology; minor Historic Preservation, 2015
Hometown: Reno, NV
Research Interests: theory, cultural landscapes, land and material use, conservation, land management


Elizabeth Solomon
Education: Savannah College of Art and Design, BFA Historic Preservation, 2010
Hometown: Denver, CO
Research Interests: cycling/pedestrian infrastructure, community development for social justice, medicinal/edible herbs/mushrooms, agroforestry