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Ken Tamminga
Distinguished Professor
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Penn State Landscape Architecture
428 Stuckeman
814.863.2377

Ken Tamminga is Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture and is on the faculty of the Graduate Ecology Program. Prior to his appointment at Penn State, he was landscape architect / planner practicing with the Toronto-based firm of Hough Stansbury Woodland. Notable projects included Don Valley Brickworks, Don River restoration (“Bringing Back the Don”), and the Rouge Park, a +5,000-acre urban wildlands. He served as interim Department Head in 2000, was two-time Heinz Faculty Fellow with the Center for Water Stewardship, and was Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, devising the strategy for Pittsburgh’s seminal Nine Mile Run project. Ken's urban research focuses on landscape regeneration, riparian urbanism, novel ecosystems, and engaged design with at-risk communities. He has expertise in interdisciplinary action-research, including resilience-building with communities facing climate change and globalization impacts in south Asia and sub-Sahara Africa. Recently, he's been exploring convivial greenstreets in European cities. Ken uses photo-technology to aid with landscape analysis and representation (gigapan, heli-kite, participatory video). Courses that he regularly leads include Planting Methods, Community Design, Landscape Film, and the award-winning Pittsburgh Studio.

Education

University of Guelph, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Queen's University, Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Courses Taught

  • Pittsburgh Studio
  • Planting Methods
  • Landscape Film
  • Community Design
  • other seminars periodically

Research

  • ecological design and regeneration of degraded ecosystems and places
  • convivial greenstreets
  • pre-emptive ecosystems planning
  • climate change and local adaptation and resilience
  • riparian urbanism
  • engaged studio pedagogy
  • place-based film and participatory video

Service

  • College Faculty Council
  • Public Scholarship Fellow
  • University Graduate Council
  • Intercollege Graduate Ecology Program Committee
  • ClearWater Conservancy riparian restoration projects
  • Center for Watershed Stewardship Fellow
  • State College Borough Tree Commission
  • University Tree Commission
  • Institute for Arts and Humanities Advisory Board
  • Penn State Center Advisory Board
  • others
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects
photo of Ken Tamminga's projects