- Ph.D. (dual-title) Architecture and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources & the Environment. 2017. Pennsylvania State University.
Advisers: Dr. C.A. Cole & A.E. Luloff. Dissertation: A community landscape theory of pro-environmental behavior: the effects of environmental values and community interaction on residential energy consumption in two Pennsylvania towns.
- MS Landscape Architecture. 2011. Pennsylvania State University.
Thesis: Measuring heterogeneity in neighborhoods: the relationship between ecologic principles and physical design attributes in Greendale, WI.
- BLA. 2005. Pennsylvania State University.
- LARCH Summer Intensive Program
- LARCH 115: Introductory Design Studio (current)
- LARCH 311: Design and Theory III: Regional Planning and Landscape System (current)
- LARCH 382: Professional Practice
- GEDOZ 511: History, Theory, and Principles
- GEODZ 826: Representation and Change Models
- Transdisciplinary action research design
- Human dimensions of natural resources
- Community and place interactions
- Design studio pedagogy
- Mixed methods landscape analysis
Honors + Awards
- 2017 Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award Finalist , Penn State University,
- 2017 Distinguished Doctoral Scholar, Penn State University
- 2016 Best Student Paper Award. Environmental Design Research Association Conference
- 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects, Student Honor Award
- 2011 Penn State University College of Arts and Architecture, Creative Achievement Award
- 2011 Landscape Architecture Foundation, Penn State University Olmsted Scholar
Exhibitions + Presentations
Mainzer, Stephen. Community and Landscape Driven Pro-Environmental Behavior: preliminary findings of household energy consumption in two rural towns. Psychology of Architecture Conference. December 2016. Austin, TX.
- Mainzer, Stephen. Towards a transdisciplinary action research design studio: adapting a human dimensions of natural resources education structure. Environmental Design Research Association. May 2016. Raleigh, NC.
- Barrett, Austin, Lauren Abbott, Sarah Eissler, Carolyn Fish, Lacey Goldberg, Stephen Mainzer, & Max Olsen. 2015. Community perceptions of local food: a mixed methods approach. International Symposium on Society and Research Management. June 2015. Charleston, NC.
- Zawadzki, Stephanie J., Stephen Mainzer, & A.E. Luloff. 2015. Close, but not too close: landmarks and their influence on housing values. International Symposium on Society and Research Management. June 2015. Charleston, NC.
- Mainzer, Stephen & Timothy Murtha. 2011. Creating resilient neighborhoods: the relationship between ecologic principles and private development in Greendale, WI. Council of Educator in Landscape Architecture Conference. March 2011. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
- Mainzer, Stephen. 2010. Creating accessible suburbs: a background on suburban housing and public housing projects in the U.S. No)Boundaries Geography Student Conference. March 2010. Pennsylvania State University. State College, PA.
- Mainzer, Stephen & A.E. Luloff. 2017. Informing environmental problems through field analysis: toward a community landscape theory of pro-environmental behavior. Community Development. 48, 4. 1-16. http://www.tandfonline.com/
- Zawadzki, Stephanie J., Stephen Mainzer, Rae Anne McLaughlin, & A.E. Luloff. Close, but not too close: landmarks and their influence on housing values. Journal of Land Use Policy. 62. 351-360. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837715301058