Penn State University

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Department of Landscape Architecture

Gary B. Kesler

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Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts and Architecture, and Associate Professor
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In 2008, I joined the faculty at Penn State as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Instruction and Outreach in the College of Arts and Architecture. For twenty eight years prior to my arrival in State College, I was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois-Urbana, where I also served in various administrative roles including BLA Program Coordinator, Associate Head, Interim Department Head, and Director of the East St. Louis Action Research Project. My teaching and research interests focus on topics of sustainable approaches to stormwater management and the history of the profession. Recent publications include a book entitled Cultivating Breadth, 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at the University Illinois, published by the Department for its centennial celebration in October of 2008, and “Florence Bell Robinson’, in Shaping the American Landscape, edited by Birnbaum and Foell, 2009.

I have been very active with the national ASLA, serving as Chair of the Council on Education and Vice President for Education, and with the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board as chair of several re-accreditation reviews in recent years. I am currently a member of the ASLA Archives and Collections Committee and the ASLA Honors and Awards Committee.


Chair, ASLA Council on Education 2004-05 Vice President for Education, ASLA 2005-07 Juror: Dangermond/ESRI Fellowship Proposals, Land. Arch. Foundation 2006-07 Chair of Visiting Team, MLA Re-accreditation Review, University of Georgia 2006 Chair of Visiting Team, MLA Re-accreditation Review, University of Virginia 2007 Member, ASLA Archives and Collection Committee 2008-p ASLA Representative Member, National Academy for Environmental Design 2008-09 Chair of Visiting Team, MLA Re-accreditation Review, Morgan State University 2009 Member, ASLA Honors and Awards Committee 2009-p Chair of Visiting Team, BSLA Re-accreditation, Cornell University 2010