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Neil Korostoff
Active Emeritus Associate Professor
Portrait of Neil Korostoff
Penn State Landscape Architecture

Neil Korostoff earned his bachelor’s degree in urban studies and his master’s degree in landscape architecture both from the University of Pennsylvania. His “Plants, People, and Place” course became a revered course by students and alumni who recognize Korostoff’s deep knowledge and spirited commitment to native plant communities.

His research areas include urban design and planning for cities in developing countries, urban and regional planning in Turkey, informal urban settlements in developing countries, post-mining reclamation and development, and sustainable design.

Korostoff is a member of the board of directors for the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds and the Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Lands Coalition Faculty. He has also worked as a landscape architect with Sere, Ltd. in State College since 1987.


  • University of Pennsylvania - 1975 - B.A. in Urban Studies
  • Unversity of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts - 1985 - M.L.A.


  • Urban design and planning for cities in developing countries
  • Urban and regional planning in Turkey
  • Informal urban settlements in developing countries
  • Post-mining reclamation and development - public policy and reclamation methods
  • Park management in the developing countries
  • Sustainable design
  • Watershed Planning and Management
  • Native plant communities in landscape design
  • Student life issues in Higher Education


  • Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
  • Board of Directors Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Lands Coalition
  • Faculty Senate
  • Vice Chair, Student Life Committee University Hearing Board
  • Judicial Affairs