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Caitlin Smith
Portrait of Caitlin Smith
Department of Landscape Architecture
424 Stuckeman

Caitlin specializes in the planning and design of broad-scale landscapes, focusing on landscape systems and the regional context for design. She comes to Penn State after working at O2 Planning + Design in Calgary, Alberta Canada – where she contributed to both the planning and design studios. During her time at O2, Caitlin worked on projects at all scales, from green roofs and plazas in downtown Calgary, to conservation master plans for entire regions in Central Alberta and Nova Scotia. While she enjoys being engaged in design at all scales, Caitlin is driven by what design can bring to landscape-scale conservation efforts, especially on public lands. She has worked on conservation projects at the National Park Service in Washington, DC, and for Parks Canada in Alberta. Caitlin has a great affinity for map design and visualization. She integrates tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Mapbox Studio, and Mapublisher into her mapping and visualization projects and is always exploring new ways to symbolize landscape data.

Caitlin teaches Larch 121: Landscape Architecture Orientation Seminar, and is an instructor in Penn State’s Geodesign program. In addition to teaching, Caitlin works as a GIS consultant for non-profits, individuals, and government organizations across the United States.


  • MLA, Master of Landscape Architecture, Penn State University
  • BA, Environmental Science, Mount Holyoke College

Courses Taught

  • Larch 121S: Landscape Architecture Orientation Seminar
  • GEODZ 511: Introduction to Geodesign History, Theory, and Principles


Regional planning + landscape systems, geodesign, map design + visualization, Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Honors + Awards

  • Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence (2015)
  • Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National Merit Award (2015)
  • Alberta Professional Planners Institute Award of Merit (2015)
  • US Presidential Management Fellowship (2013)
  • Penn State University Olmsted Scholar (2012)
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award (2012)
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Certificate of Graduate Excellence (2010)

Exhibitions + Presentations

Presentation of the Parkland County Environmental Conservation Plan at the Alberta Lake Management Society (2015)

Map of Lethbridge recreation area
Map of Parkland County environmental conservation master plan
Map of Halifax green network habitats plan