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Kristin Schwab, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Education | Experience | Teaching | Research & Outreach | Service | ** New Publication ** |
Iowa State University 1994
Masters of Landscape Architecture

University of California at Davis 1983
Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture


Landscape Architecture Program Coordinator, University of Connecticut   2005-06, 2007-present
Associate Professor, University of Connecticut   2004-present
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut   1998-2004
Adjunct Professor, Iowa State University   1995-1997 

Professional Practice:
Kristin Schwab/Landscape Architecture, Des Moines  IA & Mansfield CT   1993-present
Kimball Chase, Portsmouth NH   1987-1990
Callander Associates, San Mateo CA   1985-1987
Richard Murray Associates, Carmel CA   1984-1985 

Connecticut Landscape Architecture License #982

CLARB-certified since 2002



My teaching program covers a wide range of the professional landscape architecture curriculum:  studio-based design, construction and graphics courses as well as a writing-intensive design theory course.  While the size of our program requires that each faculty maintain versatility and breadth, my particular interests in sustainable design, hand graphics and writing find their way into most courses I teach.  My approach to teaching landscape architecture has been to endeavor to build strong courses by continually refining the structure of theory and application, exposing students to important knowledge and concepts and helping them to incorporate these into their own design thinking and approaches. 

 I incorporate a significant service-learning component into some of my teaching activities, which has resulted in dozens of design assistance projects that provide research and outreach opportunities that benefit both the students and Connecticut communities in need of landscape planning and design vision. 

Current Courses:

LAND 4440 Landscape Architecture Design: Community Planning & Design, Fall, 5 credits
LAND 2110 Landscape Architecture Graphics: Design Drawing, Fall, 4 credits
LAND 3230W Landscape Architecture Theory: Sustainable Planning & Design, Spring, 3 credits
LAND 4330 Landscape Architecture Construction: Planting Design, Spring, 4 credits 

Previous Courses:
LAND 3310 Landscape Architecture Construction: Materials & Methods
LAND 3430 Landscape Architecture Design: Program Development
UConn First Year Experience: The Great American Lawn (team taught w/Steve Rackliffe)
LAND 3320 Landscape Architecture Construction: Site Engineering

LAND 2120 Landscape Architecture Graphics: Design Communication


My scholarly activity combines original and applied research in the area of sustainable environmental design. 

Case study research that analyzes design and planning methods and outcomes is a widely recognized need in the development of the profession’s theoretical framework.  The bridging of planning-level landscape sustainability with the concerns of site-scale design is the focus of my recent collaborative study of six national exemplars of sustainable site design. 

The innovative application of theory and development of new methodologies through creative design and planning projects is another important scholarly contribution to be made in academic practice. Meeting the planning and design assistance needs of communities throughout the state of Connecticut reveals new avenues for research and also fulfills the Land Grant mission of the University.  To this end, my work on a variety of outreach projects, many of which integrate student service-learning through my teaching program, provides ongoing involvement in the “living laboratory” of physical design and planning.  


Schwab, Kristin & Claudia Dinep.   Sustainable Site Design: Criteria, Process, and Case Studies for Integrating Site and Region in Landscape Design. John Wiley & Sons, December 2009.  Available at Amazon.com

Representative Community Research & Design Projects: 

Route 101 Corridor /Borderlands, Killingly CT Pilot Town*   2008 – present

Hillside Road Streetscape/ Student Union Entry Courtyard / University of Connecticut   2008

Hillside Environmental Education Park/ University of Connecticut*   2006-2008

Cat Hollow Park/ Killingly CT*   2006

Invasive Plant Demonstration Garden/ University of Connecticut*   2006

Village, Open Space & Road Corridor Study/ Plainfield CT   2006

Gideon Welles Schoolyard/ Glastonbury CT   2005

Commercial District Infill, Open Space & Streetscape Study/North Windham CT   2005

Route 195 Corridor Study/ University of Connecticut*   2005

River Park/Mansfield CT*   2005

Parks System Mapping & Trail Guides/Mansfield CT*   2005

Toolbox for Urban Neighborhood Landscape Design/ Neighborhoods of Hartford * 2003-2004

Tower on the Green, Asylum Hill and Blue Hills Neighborhood Design Assistance/ Hartford CT   2003-04

Holcomb Farm Learning Center & CSA Outdoor Visitor Facilities/West Granby CT   2003

Saville Dam Landscape Restoration/Hartford MDC, Barkhamsted CT*  2001-2002

NEMO Sustainable Site Demonstration/UConn Middlesex County Extension*    2001

Winton Park/South Windsor CT*   2001

Accessible Community Garden/East Hartford CT*   2001

Village Center Design Study/ Andover CT *   2001 

Campus Arboretum Inventory/ University of Connecticut, Storrs*    1999-2000

(*grant-in-aid funded projects)




Departmental Promotion, Tenure & Reappointment Committee

College Excellence Committee

University Arboretum Committee

University Environmental Policy Advisory Committee

University Capital Projects Advisory Committee



Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Board of Directors, 2007-present

Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Advertising & Promotion Committee, 2002-present

Mansfield Parks Advisory Committee, 1998-2002

  Kristin Schwab
Landscape Architect
Associate Professor of
Landscape Architecture

University of Connecticut
Department of Plant Science
Program of Landscape Architecture
1376 Storrs Rd., Unit 4067
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

Telephone: (860) 486-1947
fax: (860) 486-0682
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