Meet Our People
The University of Idaho Landscape Architecture faculty are mentors, scholars and professionals committed to advancing the discipline and practice of landscape architecture within the integrated design mission of the College of Art and Architecture and the community of U of I scholars committed to sustainable community development and landscape resilience.
Gary Austin, has experience in public and private landscape architecture practice and is a licensed landscape architect in the state of Washington. He is the author (and co-author) of several peered reviewed journal articles including the Landscape Journal and two recent books: Constructed Wetlands for Sustainable Development (with Kongjian Yu, 2016). and Green Infrastructure for Landscape Planning: Integrating Natural and Human Systems (2014). Austin received his MLA degree from the California State University, Pomona. Through his scholarship and teaching he contributes extensively to the body of knowledge in green infrastructure and low impact design as components of landscape architectural process. Professor Austin has also contributed significantly to the development and delivery of the University of Idaho Landscape Architecture Study Abroad Program in Cremolino, Italy for over 13 years.
Daniel’s recently completed master’s project at the University of Oregon focused on a systematic framework for evaluating student learning of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) at the Landscape Scale. With prior teaching experience at Istanbul Technical University and the University of Oregon, Daniel has focused his efforts on developing pedagogical approaches in student development on various topics such as:
- digital representation
- landscape planning
- implementation of Stormwater Green Infrastructure (SGI) facilities.
Daniel has focused research and practice at multiple locations and scales including projects in China, Turkey, the U.S. Pacific Northwest and the Gulf Coast. This work contributes to his current teaching of landscape construction, a graduate studio, digital representation and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course at the University of Idaho in Moscow.
Program Head Landscape Architecture, Associate Professor
Elizabeth Scott, ASLA, has undergraduate degrees in geology and landscape architecture and her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. She serves as Coordinator of the Landscape Architecture MLA program at the Urban Design Center in Boise, Idaho where she collaborates with faculty in Architecture and Bioregional Planning to engage graduate students in urban design service learning and scholarship. Beth has extensive award winning professional practice experience with the internationally acclaimed landscape architecture firm Design Workshop and currently directs research projects focusing on landscape systems within the urban context and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques to visualize urban design and planning decisions. This work includes projecting future water supply demands in northern Idaho, and developing a monitoring plan for SITES certification at a large tech-industry corporate campus. A recent peer reviewed journal article of hers is: Avoiding Decline: Fostering Resilience and Sustainability in Midsize Cities, Journal of Sustainability, 2016. This paper explores why some cities end up on sustainable paths while others diverge to unsustainable paths, and how city planners and decision makers can use information about the resilience of midsize cities to transform them into long-term, sustainable social-ecological systems. Beth also works closely with the Idaho State Board of Landscape Architects, professionals in the Idaho/Montana ASLA, alumni and state and federal agencies that are served by landscape architecture practice and research.
Dr. Raffaella Sini has extensive background in international practice in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and public art. She has her advanced degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Rome La Sapienza, has taught in several universities and international study abroad programs and in Asia as a faculty member at the National University of Singapore.
Her research focuses on landscape and architectural theory and representation, cultural landscapes, community design and temporary landscapes. She is currently working at the publication of a 3-years research project, financed by Singapore Ministry of Education and National Heritage Board, which investigates Singapore Garden City.
Her focus on the exhibition of temporary narrative landscape architecture works, accomplished with the design collective LAND-I archicolture, which she co-founded in 2000 with Roberto Capecci and Marco Antonini, has been financed through design competitions and research grants. It is documented in the journals Landscape Architecture, Techniques&Architecture, L’arca, Domus, Abitare, Art Actuel and in the international press with the books Star Landscape Architecture, Digital Landscape Architecture Now, Sketch Landscape, Avant Gardeners, The Source Book of Contemporary Garden Design; exhibited and debated at Singapore Art Museum and the National Design Centre, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts Rome, V Architecture Biennale Brasilia, Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art.
Her association with professional practice in Asia and connections to Europe promise to benefit the program’s teaching, scholarship and international outreach efforts in many new ways.
Catherine is a practicing landscape designer and educator, combining research and practice in sustainable urban design and land rehabilitation. Catherine’s research results of using phytoremediation to rehabilitate difficult environment has been applied to landfill rehabilitation projects in Australia and constructed wetland projects in China and Idaho. Catherine has a master’s degree of landscape architecture from Cornell University. She has worked on wide range of projects in China, Singapore, Australia and United States. Catherine is currently teaching urban research and design, planning and 3D visualization in studio LARC554.
Don Brigham, PLA is an adjunct member of the faculty and has taught Planting Design and Professional Practice for Landscape Architecture for over 30 years. He maintains a practice of landscape architecture, Brigham Plus Associates in Clarkston, Washington and is licensed as a landscape architect in several states. Don has served as a Vice President for Education for the American Society of Landscape Architects national organization and a Trustee representing landscape architecture professionals in Idaho and Montana. His successful practice, excellent knowledge of plant systems and professional practice continue to make him a very valuable member of the landscape architecture faculty community.
In 2000, Roberto Capecci founded ‘Land-I archicolture’ in partnership with Marco Antonini and Raffaella Sini. Through their passionate collaboration, they have implemented a number of projects dealing with landscape architectural design mainly focusing on environmental and urban design as well as contemporary garden design, exhibiting at international competitions and working for public and private clients. Their works have been widely exhibited and published in a number of periodicals and books. In Singapore, he has been a lecturer for four years at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and he has an ongoing, inspiring and exciting collaboration with ‘’ directed by Chang Huai Yan.
Research and Affiliate Faculty
Dr. Lilian Alessa, University of Idaho President's Professor of Resilient Landscapes in the Landscape Architecture program, is also Co-Director of the University of Idaho Center for Resilient Communities. She conducts extensive research on human adaptation to environmental change through resilient design at landscape scales. Much of her work is funded by the National Science Foundation, including projects awarded the Arctic Observing Network, Intersections of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) and the Dynamics of Coupled Natural Human Systems programs. Canadian-born and raised, Alessa received her degrees from the University of British Columbia. She also uses her expertise is in social-ecological and technological systems science to develop ways to improve domestic resource security for community well-being, particularly through the incorporation of place-based knowledge. Her work through the Department of Homeland Security's Center of Excellence, the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, involves developing social-technological methods to monitor and respond to critical environmental changes. Lil is a member of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education and is on the Science, Technology and Education Advisory Committee for the National Ecological Observing Network (NEON). Professor Alessa also teaches a university landscape architecture capstone course: Resilient Landscapes with Professor Andrew Kliskey. Professor Alessa’s collaborative grant activity with Professor Andrew Kliskey, since coming to the university in 2013, exceeds 7 million USD to date. She has authored over a 100 publications and reports and has led the development of 2 federal climate resilience toolbox assessments, the Arctic Water Resources Vulnerability Index (AWRVI) and the Arctic Adaptation Exchange Portal (AAEP).
Andy Kliskey is a professor of Resilient Landscapes in the College of Natural Resources and the College of Art and Architecture. He is a social-ecological scientist and behavioral geographer with training, teaching and research experience in landscape ecology, behavioral and perceptual geography, geographic information systems (GIS), planning, policy analysis, and surveying. Kliskey is also Co-Director of the University of Idaho Center for Resilient Communities. His teaching and research is interdisciplinary in focus and directed at integrated methodologies in social-ecological systems.
Steve Drown, ASLA has served as Department Chair and Program Head of the Landscape Architecture program since 1994. He practiced extensively prior to coming to Idaho, winning national and international awards for his landscape architecture work. He maintains his landscape architecture license in Ohio and is currently consulting with landscape architecture firms in China. As Chair and Program Head, Steve has facilitated the creation of the professional, accredited BSLA/MLA program, instituted and managed the Landscape Architecture Summer Study Abroad program in Cremolino, Italy, developed new courses to expand the design and theoretical foundation of the BSLA/MLA curriculum and shared in the development and awarding of the University of Idaho Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, and the Bioregional Planning degree. Most recently, he has established course articulation agreements with four landscape design programs in China. He has also served as a University of Idaho Extension Education Specialist in Community Development and Design where he instituted the Rapid Response Design Team to assist Idaho communities who participated in the North West Horizons grant program.
Professor Armpriest's teaching and research interests include the pedagogy of architectural construction technology, and the expression of structure and materials in northwest regional architecture, with a focus on innovations in wood structures and design. She is co-author Building Construction: Principles, Materials and Systems, which has been adopted for use in over 80 programs of Architecture or Construction Management in North America. Professor Armpriest also served as Architecture Program Chair from 2008 – 2014, and currently represents the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture as a NAAB accreditation team member.
Before joining the architecture faculty at the University of Idaho in 2001, she worked as an architectural project manager in Eugene, Oregon. While pursuing her M.Arch at the University of Oregon, she also worked as a project developer and construction manager for neighborhood non-profit housing providers. Prior to that, she was associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Cincinnati. Highlights of her work there include research in resource-efficient design and construction, and working with students on design-build projects.
Program Coordinator; Center for Resilient Communities and Landscape Architecture - Moscow