- Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning - 2002, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
- M.L.A. - 1994, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
- M.S. in Land Development - 1988, Texas A&M University
- B.S. in Landscape Architecture - 1986, Texas A&M University Licensed Landscape Architect
- Environmentally sustainable stormwater management systems
- Integrating runoff processes with urban site design
- Alternative site design technologies and implementation methods
- Qualitative research methods for environmental design and planning
- Land development assessment, design, and permitting implication of land development regulations on site planning and urban form
Artful Rainwater Design. Creative Ways to Manage Stormwater. Stuart Echols and Eliza Pennypacker, Island Press, 2015.
Echols's service to the university, society, and the profession has focused on: contributing his expertise and time to advancing curriculum development and integrating better ecological site design processes into the department’s implementation courses; advancing the understanding and application of sustainable site development and stormwater management methods by teaching outside workshops and university courses; and providing pro-bono professional consulting services to educational intuitions for creating integrated stormwater management systems using landscape design to preserve and restore natural landscape hydrology.
One of the first questions he is always asked at presentations is: “Where can we go online to see and learn more about artful rainwater design examples?” He has therefore developed an internet portal to provide a collection of case studies demonstrating the relation of stormwater utility and amenity design. This portal allows designers and students to review case studies of artful rainwater designs from across the nation. The portal will also allow viewers to upload additional projects, view high resolution project photos, participate in a web blog on artful rainwater design, read articles, review student designs, download presentations, and communicate with other designers.