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Eliza Pennypacker ASLA
Department Head and Professor of Landscape Architecture, Stuckeman Chair in integrative Design
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Department of Landscape Architecture
129 Stuckeman

Eliza Pennypacker has been a faculty member in Penn State's Department of Landscape Architecture since 1982. She has taught a wide range of courses, including the History of Landscape Architecture, First-Year Seminar, and all levels of design studio, including the semester abroad. Currently she serves as Department Head, and teaches 2nd year studio/seminar, where she exploits her passion for teaching by conducting research in design pedagogy with Tom Yahner. Their current work is focused on developing student skills in learning transfer to facilitate divergent thinking and self-regulated learning. 

Pennypacker’s other research track focuses on “artful rainwater design” (ARD): stormwater management that not only mitigates quality and quantity of runoff, but celebrates rainwater in a design that educates or entertains visitors. In collaboration with Stuart Echols, she has written and presented on this topic extensively and has published a book, Artful Rainwater Design: Creative Ways to Manage Stormwater, published in 2015. In addition, as the 2012-13 Stuckeman Professor of Interdisciplinary Design, Pennypacker hosted a one-day symposium on April 10, 2013, titled “Challenges and Opportunities in the ‘Artful Rainwater Design’ Approach to Green Infrastructure.” The event convened twelve experts in ARD who delivered TED-Talk-style presentations a facet of ARD that they find particularly interesting or challenging. These talks were videotaped and are accessible via YouTube:


  • BA, Philosophy, St. John's College
  • MLA, University of Virginia



Echols, Stuart, and Eliza Pennypacker.  2015.  Artful Rainwater Design: Creative Ways to Manage Stormwater. Washington D.C.: Island Press.

Kew, Barry, Eliza Pennypacker  and Stuart Echols.  2014.  “Can Greenwalls Contribute to Stormwater Management?  A Study of Cistern-Storage Greenwall First Flush Capture.”  Journal of Green Building 9.3: 85-99.

Pennypacker, Eliza. 2009.   “Arthur Edwin Bye.”  Invited article in Shaping the American Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers in American Landscape Design Project.  Charles Birnbaum ed.  Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press: 42-45.

Echols, Stuart, and Eliza Pennypacker. 2008.   “From Stormwater Management to Artful Rainwater Design.”  Landscape Journal 27 (2): 268-290.

Echols, Stuart, and Eliza Pennypacker. 2008.   “Learning from Artful Rainwater Design.”  Landscape Architecture 98 (8): 28, 30, 32, 34, 36-39. 

Bose, Mallilka, Eliza Pennypacker, Tom Yahner. 2006.   “Promoting Independent Design Decision-making in the Studio.”  Open House International 31 (3) : 33-42. 

Echols, Stuart, and Eliza Pennypacker. 2006.   “Art for Rain’s Sake.”  Landscape Architecture 96 (9): 24-32. 

Bose, Mallika, Eliza Pennypacker. Tom Yahner. 2005.   “Independent Design Decision-making as a Studio Goal.”  Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, pp. 93-98. 

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Cover of Artful Rainwater Design book
Artful Rainwater Design Symposium flyer