- Ph.D. (dual-title) Architecture and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources & the Environment: successfully defended March 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.
- GEODZ 826: Representation and Change Models
- GEDOZ 511: History, Theory, and Principles
- LARCH 382: Professional Practice
- LARCH 321: Design Theory Seminar
- LARCH 311: Design and Theory III
- LARCH 232: Design Implementation I
- LARCH 231: Introduction to Design Implementation
- LARCH 112: Introductory Design Studio (Spring 2017)
- LARCH Summer Intensive Program
Transdisciplinary action research design; human dimensions of natural resources, community and place interactions, spatial geodesign methodology, mixed methods.
Honors + Awards
- 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. 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.
- Barrett, Austin, Lauren Abbott, Sarah Eissler, Carolyn Fish, Lacey Goldberg, Stephen Mainzer, & Max Olsen. 2015. Community perceptions of local food: a mixed methods approach in State College, PA. State College, PA. The Hamer Center for Community Design. The Pennsylvania State University. ISBN 978-1-941659-04-5.
- (in revision) Mainzer, Stephen & A.E. Luloff. Informing environmental problems through field analysis: toward a community landscape theory of pro-environmental behavior.
- Zawadzki, Stephanie J., Stephen Mainzer, Rae Anne McLaughlin, & A.E. Luloff. Close, but not too close: landmarks and their influence on housing values.
- Mainzer, Stephen & Anthony John Agnello. The roles of place and community in virtual gaming environments.
- Mainzer, Stephen. Divergent values in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy: Applying a communinty landscape model of pro-environmental behavior.
- Mainzer, Stephen. Local food score: A community based methodology for maping local food networks.
- Mainzer, Stephen & Vernelle Noel. Cultural sustainment through the community of local craft in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Plan. Brevard County, FL. 2013. Final report to Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization. Completed as an employee of Renaissance Planning Group.
- Manatee County Complete Streets Policy. Manatee County, Fl. 2012. Final report to Manatee County Government. Completed as an employee of Renaissance Planning Group.
- The Alexan at Carlyle (built), LandDesign, Inc.
- The Groveton (built), LandDesign, Inc.
- Potomac Yard neighborhood design development (built), LandDesign, Inc.
- The Duke (built), LandDesign, Inc.
- Long Bridge Park (North Tract Park - built). Hargreaves Associates
2015–2016 Chair, Stuckeman School Career Day Faculty Committee
2015–2016 Career Adviser, Stuckeman School.
2015 Judge, Penn State University Undergraduate Research Exhibition
2013–2015 Advisory Board Member, Geodesign Graduate Program , Penn State University
2013 Webinar Panelist, Directions Magazine. Geodesign as a Methodology for Land Use Planning.
2010–2012 Reviewer, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference
2005 Graphic Workshop Coordinator, Department of Landscape Architecture, Penn State University