Mark Westa
Landscape Architect
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
University of Connecticut
Department of Plant Science
Program of Landscape Architecture
1760 Storrs Rd., Unit 4067
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

Telephone: (860) 486-6069
Fax: (860) 486-0682


Harvard University - Graduate School of Design 1989 - 1991
Masters of Landscape Architecture
Cornell University 1983 - 1987
Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture


Intermediate Design - Site Planning

This studio course stresses the importance of understanding the physical and cultural conditions of a site prior to any intervention. Students learn to consider the relationship of a land-use to the site as well as to adjacent land-uses. They also continue to develop their ability to create form and meaning.

Design Communication

This studio course develops the students' ability to communicate the rational, intent and form of their interventions. Traditional drawing and color rendering techniques are employed. Computer applications are also introduced as a tool to develop graphics. Public speaking and the development of coherent presentations are also important elements in the course.

Computer Applications in Landscape Architecture

This lecture and lab course teaches a wide range of computer applications. These are employed to analyze the land, assist with the development of design interventions, and communicate design intent through graphics, word, and presentation.

Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture

This lecture and discussion course provides a wide range of information about the profession. Students visit offices and develop presentations to discuss a variety of forms of professional practice, they complete portfolios to prepare for employment and ethics and legal issues are discussed. In addition a complete set of construction documentation is develop for a project and construction administration is discussed.

Work Experience

Associate Professor, University of Connecticut 1998 - present 
Cannon Design, Buffalo, New York 1997 - 1998 
The Saratoga Associates, Buffalo, New York 1994 - 1997
The Saratoga Associates, Saratoga Springs, New York 1987 - 1994

Licensed Landscape Architect (NY # 1426) 1993 
Certified Community Planner 2000 

Research Interests

My scholarship is centered on three diverse aspects of the profession. One is the use of computers as a tool to create and communicate meaningful design. The second is assisting communities in planning and design through outreach projects. The third is continuing to practice landscape architecture to create meaningful places through application of design theory and knowledge.


Studio Projects

Moss Sanctuary Mansfield, CT Annual Project 
Village Center Plainfield, CT Funded by Town of Plainfield and NRCS
Haddam Extension Office, CT Funded Cooperative Extension and NEMO
Corporate Headquarters, Storrs, CT Annual Project
Accessible Community Garden, East Hartford, CT Funded by the City of East Hartford
Winton Park, East Windsor, CT Funded by the Town of East Windsor