Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Sustainable Architecture and Design)
I examine sustainable architecture and design and related policy making through the lens of planning history. A key area of my research focuses on members of the Regional Planning Association of America, prominent designers, urbanists, human ecologists, economists, and developers active from the 1920s through the 1950s whose work in regionalism, town building, design, & housing policy established the foundations of today’s sustainability and resilience initiatives. In addition, my research focuses on community engagement to enhance resilience in the face of neighborhood change within marginalized communities.
Kristin Larsen, AICP, Ph.D. (Cornell), MAURP (Florida), BSBA (Florida) is Professor and Director of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. Among the projects she focused on when she worked as a land use and housing planner for the City of Orlando during the 1990s was a neighborhood revitalization project within the historic African American community of Parramore. This professional planning experience inspired her to earn her doctoral degree focused on city and regional planning, planning history, cultural geography, and historic preservation. At UF she has developed new courses in housing policy, historic preservation, and interdisciplinary studies in planning and landscape architecture.
In addition to her responsibilities as a professor, Dr. Larsen has served in various leadership positions in the college for the past 10 years including directing the urban and regional planning graduate online degree program, chairing the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP), and directing the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. Notably, she spearheaded development of the nation’s first fully online graduate degree in urban and regional planning and shepherded the department through two accreditation reviews, both securing the maximum 7-year period with the most recent review accrediting the online delivery of the URP graduate degree.
Dr. Larsen’s expertise in housing policy, neighborhood planning, community engagement, social justice, and planning history has resulted in numerous publications including her biography of noted community architect Clarence S. Stein. Her peer reviewed research has also appeared in Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Planning History, Housing Studies, Planning Perspectives, and Urban Studies. She has secured over $1 million in internal and external grants awarded as either Principal or Co-Principal Investigator, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Urban Scholars Fellowship and a State of Florida Division of Historical Resources Grant. Her examination of the intellectual history of the Regional Planning Association of America continues with her upcoming biography of landscape architect and housing advocate Henry Wright.