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Kelleann Foster RLA, ASLA
Professor, Director of the Stuckeman School, Professor-in-Charge of Graphic Design
Kelleann Foster
Penn State Landscape Architecture
Graphic Design Program
Stuckeman School
121 Stuckeman
814.863.8133

A Penn State landscape architecture faculty member since 1989, Kelleann Foster was, in 2014, appointed director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. Since fall 2013, she had served as interim director of the school, which also includes the college’s graphic design program, of which she became acting professor-in-charge in 2016.

Kelleann has 30-years of professional practice experience as a landscape architect and has been teaching at Penn State for over 25-years.  Her sabbatical, based at Esri’s World Headquarters in Redlands, CA, focused on how Penn State’s online geodesign graduate programs could most effectively engage students in a collaborative, virtual studio environment.  This resulted in the creation of Penn State’s new geodesign programs -- a Geodesign Option in the MGIS degree, a Graduate Certificate in Geodesign, and a Master in Professional Studies in Geodesign – all offered entirely online through Penn State’s award winning World Campus.  Kelleann has also introduced Geodesign to thousands around the world through her MOOC “Geodesign: Change your World.”

Much of Kelleann’s work involves working with commuinties and dynamically using computer technologies to communicate alternative scenarios to citizens.  Her work has received national and international recognition.  She also focuses on generating awareness about career opportunities as a landscape architect.  Kelleann authored a book, part of John Wiley & Sons “Careers in Design” series— titled “Becoming a Landscape Architect.”  In 2014 the book became available in Chinese through Chinese Architectural Press.

When she’s not working, Kelleann can be found exploring the world via bicycle and she enjoys anything connected to chocolate!  She is a board member and past-president of the central Pennsylvania land trust, ClearWater Conservancy, and helps with their annual fundraiser “The Art and Chocolate Winter Gala.”

Education

  • MLA, The University of Massachusetts, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, 1986
  • BSLA, The Pennsylvania State University, 1982
  • Licensed landscape architect in Pennsylvania since 1987

Research

Foster's book Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, has been awarded the PA-DE ASLA Presidential Honor Award. It is designed to be of great interest not only to those curious to learn what landscape architecture has to offer as a career, such as junior high and high school students and anyone seeking a career change, but also to those currently studying landscape architecture in college.

Her research expertise is community design and planning, with particular emphasis on the relationship between regulatory policies and the actual development's impact upon the landscape. Special interests include how this relates to the public and public officials' understanding of the planning process and its products. Foster's work seeks to empower communities through participatory visioning programs that introduce and teach best practices for directing development while improving environmental conditions. It focuses on utilizing computer technologies and photo-realistic image manipulation to communicate alternative community design scenarios and policies to local decision-makers. Ten years ago a research project lead to the formation of the company, The Visual Interactive Communications Group, along with fellow professor Tim Johnson.

Honors + Awards

2010                    Presidential Award of Excellence, American Society of Landscape Architects, Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter Professional Awards Program, for book “Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design,” for Innovative Communication.

2009                    Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter Professional Awards Program, for “The State College Borough Design Guide,” for Innovative Communication.

2004                    Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter Professional Awards Program, for “The Land Use Management Program,” (completed for VICgroup client 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania), for Innovative Communication.

2004                    Special Recognition Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter Professional Awards Program for “PennSCAPEs” CD-ROM, for Innovative Planning.

1999                    Excellence Award, American Planning Association, Nevada Chapter Professional Awards Program, for “Henderson, NV Visual Interactive Code” -- the DeBoer Excellence Award for innovative planning.

1999                    Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, National Professional Awards Program, for “Model Policies for Rural Residential in VIC” in the category of Communication.

1999                    Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, National Professional Awards Program, for “BLUPRINTS” in the category of Analysis and Planning.

1996                    Award of Excellence: Outstanding Rural Planning Program, Small Town and Rural Planning Division of the American Planning Association, for “Land Use Regulations supportive of Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources in Urbanizing Rural Communities”. (with J. Hammer, Rodale Institute)

CV + Files + Links

China Geodesign Summit presentation
Book tour- Nanjing China
Becoming a Landscape Architect- book translated to Chinese