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Maggie Hansen
Assistant Teaching Professor
Maggie Hansen
Penn State Landscape Architecture
326 Stuckeman

Maggie Hansen comes to Penn State from Tulane School of Architecture, where she served as director of the school's community design center. Her design research draws on her interdisciplinary training to investigate how the critical work of engaging urban hydrology, restoring cultural spaces, and supporting native ecosystems can contribute to civic life and community identity.


  • MLA, University of Virginia
  • M.Arch, University of Virginia
  • B.A., University of Chicago

Courses Taught

  • LArch 116 Introductory Design Studio 2
  • LArch 197 Introductory Design Studio 1
  • LArch 156 Design Visualization 1
  • LArch 251 Design Visualization 

Honors + Awards

With Tulane City Center:

  • Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award
  • SEED (Social Environmental & Economic Design) Award Winner: Parisite Skatepark

With Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects:

  • 2015 ASLA Honor Award, Nelson Byrd Woltz: Overlook Farm Master Plan

Exhibitions + Presentations

  • By the People: Designing a Better America, Cooper Hewitt (with Tulane City Center)
  • Hudson Yards (with NBWLA), New York City American Institute of Architects
  • NYC AIDS Memorial, New York City American Institute of Architects.
  • D3 Natural Systems (with Suzanne Mathew)
  • The Shallow and The Fallow: Designs for the Changing Urban Landscape, ASLA
  •  ‘Traditional and New Forms of Project Delivery’ Professional Practice Week, Dalhousie School of Architecture, Halifax Canada
  • Cordes Innovation Award Keynote, ASHOKA U 2016 Exchange, New Orleans
  • ‘Community – University Partnerships’ Panel Discussion, Ashoka U 2016 Exchange, New Orleans


  • Designers, Citizens, and Citizen-Designers; charting new modes of engagement, collaboration, and project outcomes at the Tulane City Center, ACSA National Meeting (Presented by Emilie Taylor, co-authored with Emilie Taylor, Suzanne-Juliette Mobley)
  • (Forthcoming chapter in) Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies, edited by Bryan Bell (co-authored with Emilie Taylor, Doug Harmon)
  • “Baltimore Water Works” Innovative Solutions for the Delta, 2010 (co-authored with Suzanne Mathew)
  • “Re-Urbanizing with Water: A Hydrological Perspective”, LUNCH, Volume 6, Systems, 2011, Editors: Beth Bailey, Jack Cochran, Joey Hays, Charles Sparkman. (co-authored with Suzanne Mathew)

Built Works

With Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects:

  • Brooklyn Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial, Brooklyn, NY
  • Hudson Yards East, New York, NY
  • Olana North Meadow Restoration, Hudson, NY
  • Overlook Farm Masterplan, Dalton, PA
  • Hudson Highlands Residence, Garrison, NY
  • Superior Ink Residence, New York, NY


  • Department Head Advisory Committee
  • Lectures and Exhibitions – Planning
  • Career Day
  • Design Futures Student Forum Faculty