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Ken Tamminga
Distinguished Professor
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Department of Landscape Architecture
428 Stuckeman
814.863.2377

Ken Tamminga is Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture and is a Graduate Ecology Program faculty member. Prior to his appointment at Penn State, he was landscape architect / planner practicing with the Toronto-based firm of Hough Stansbury Woodland. Notable projects included Don Valley Brickworks, Don River restoration (“Bringing Back the Don”), and the Rouge Park, a +5,000-acre urban wildlands. He served as interim Department Head in 2000, was two-time Heinz Faculty Fellow with the Center for Water Stewardship, and was Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, devising the strategy for Pittsburgh’s seminal Nine Mile Run project. His urban research focuses on landscape regeneration, riparian urbanism, and engaged, collaborative design with at-risk communities. His work abroad tends toward interdisciplinary action-research: resilience-building with communities facing climate change and globalization impacts in south Asia (north India and Nepal) and sub-Sahara Africa (Ghana and Tanzania), as well as emerging ‘convivial greenstreets’ in western Europe. Tamminga likes using novel photo-technology to aid with landscape analysis and representation (gigapan, heli-kite, participatory video). Courses that he regularly leads include the award-winning Pittsburgh Studio, the Landscape Film Seminar, the Planting Studio, Community Design, and the Ridge-and-Valley field course.

Education

  • University of Guelph, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
  • Queen's University, Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Courses Taught

  • Depth Studio (Pittsburgh Studio)
  • Planting Studio
  • Landscape Film Seminar
  • Ridge-and-Valley in the Field
  • Graduate Studio and Seminar

Research

  • Ecological design and regeneration of degraded ecosystems and places
  • Pre-emptive ecosystems planning
  • Climate change and local adaptation and resilience in south Asia, Ghana, and Tanzania
  • Riparian urbanism
  • Engaged studio as public scholarship
  • Place-based film and participatory video

Service

  • College Faculty Council
  • Public Scholarship Fellow
  • University Graduate Council
  • Intercollege Graduate Ecology Program Committee
  • ClearWater Conservancy riparian restoration projects
  • Center for Watershed Stewardship Fellow
  • State College Borough Tree Commission
  • University Tree Commission
  • Institute for Arts and Humanities Advisory Board
  • Penn State Center Advisory Board
  • Others
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects