Lance M. Neckar, ASLA, Director
Lance is a professor of Environmental Analysis. He is a registered landscape architect with master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his master’s thesis focused on early suburban designs. He is a former editor of Landscape Journal, the North American peer-reviewed publication in that field. The broad bandwidth of his academic work mirrors the breadth of issues in sustainability education. His work springs from multiple foundations.
In the area of sustainability studies, he has focused on the development of systemic tools to induce greater resilience into the built and planted environment. His courses in the Environmental Analysis Sustainability and the Built Environment track examine design and planning approaches for resilience. While he was a professor at the University of Minnesota, he was co-principal investigator for interdisciplinary projects to develop conservation performance across the energy + water nexus. He was a principal investigator for the state’s conservation plan, a policy project of the Legislative and Citizen’s Commission on Minnesota Resources focused on ecosystems services and biodiversity. Building on that work, his particular focus in California has been on water, and especially storm water infiltration and reuse systems. He maintains a career-long scholarly interest in urban and suburban design issues. In particular he looks forward to bringing engaged focus on multifunctional infrastructural solutions to the sprawled landscape of Southern California that increase access and intermodality while also conserving water and air quality. Corresponding to student interest in food justice, he will also work to establish enhanced technical support for affordable edible gardens.
On another quadrant of sustainability, from his humanistic foundations in undergraduate study of modern European history and German, Lance has recently written about the relationship between the memorial landscape of postwar Berlin to the languages of its political, cultural and aesthetic formation. He has also published several scholarly articles and book chapters on the history and theory of landscape architecture.