Landscape Architecture

Nicholas Serrano

Nicholas Serrano

Department of Landscape Architecture
Assistant Professor
(352) 392-4836
ARCH 430

• Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2022
• MLA, Ball State University, 2011
• BS, North Carolina State University, 2007

Nicholas Serrano came to UF from the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University where he holds the Neil Odenwald Professorship. He has a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from North Carolina State University, a Master of landscape architecture from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in the design program at North Carolina State University. Nicholas has taught introductory ecology, ornamental landscape plants, planting design, and various histories of the built environment at North Carolina State University and Ball State University.  His main research project looks at the history of landscape architecture and urban development of the American South. His writing spans the disciplines of Landscape and Environmental History, Southern Studies, and Material Culture to consider the construction of racial identity through the built environment. His secondary research and teaching interests are in contemporary planting design and horticultural technologies in landscape architecture.

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Jiayang Li

Jiayang Li

Department of Landscape Architecture, Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER)
Assistant Professor
ARCH 456

Dr. Jiayang Li is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of landscape design and climate change adaptation. Her research tackles the challenge of creating landscape change that makes communities more resilient and is welcomed by community members. Currently, Jiayang draws on social science theories and methods to study everyday landscape experiences and community perceptions of novel nature-based solutions. She has published in multiple top-ranked journals including Landscape and Urban Planning and given guest lectures and conferences presentations nationally and internationally. Jiayang earned her Ph.D. in Environment and Sustainability and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Landscape Architecture from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. Before turning her primary focus to research, she had practiced in design firms including SmithGroup and AECOM.

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Jules Bruck

Jules Bruck

School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Director, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning; Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture
(352) 294-3859

Dr. Jules Bruck, RLA, joined the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning on July 1, 2022, as director of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. She came to DCP from the University of Delaware, where she was professor and founding director of the landscape architecture program. In those roles, she taught capstone and design process studios and courses in creativity, field sketching and ecological planting design. She is a registered landscape architect and a SITES Accredited Professional (AP).

In April 2018, she co-founded the Coastal Resilience Design Studio (CRDS). This Delaware Sea Grant-funded collaboration brings together educators, students, scientists, citizen-scientists, engineers, designers, artists and other academic institutions in Delaware to study and respond to issues affecting the state’s coastlines and coastal communities. CRDS work focuses on coastal challenges that stem from historical decisions, human settlement, sea-level rise and necessary compliance with water quality mandates. The goal of CRDS is to team community members with interdisciplinary experts and students to develop new strategies and manage special cases that threaten coastal communities. Ultimately, the studio hopes to drive policy to benefit coastal communities through more sustainable land use, planning and education.

The CRDS was honored as the 2021 Coastal Estuarine Research Federation’s student contest winner. Their project, Carbon in the Tidewater, focused on Hampton, Virginia, which has a low elevation, high rate of land subsidence and intense storm surge risk. Students explored the use of the Global Carbon Market to finance self-regenerating nature-based coastal infrastructure. This project also received an honor award from the Pennsylvania-Delaware chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

In the fall of 2021, Bruck became the co-director of UD’s Gerard J. Mangone Climate Science and Policy Hub. Over the past year, the Climate Change Hub developed the capacity of UD faculty and students to research and enhance courses with science-based climate change content by providing competitive awards for scholarship and teaching.

Her research interests are coastal resilience, green infrastructure and public perception of sustainable landscape practices. She is the principal investigator for a collaborative project called Developing Engineering Practices using Ecosystem Design Solutions for Future Army (DEEDS). This four-year project will allow her diverse team to research shellfish-based living shoreline solutions. Bruck has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

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Yi Luo

Yi Luo

Department of Landscape Architecture
Assistant Professor
ARCH 432

• Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, Texas A&M University, 2014
• Master of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University, 2007
• Bachelor of Architecture & Urban Planning, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, 2002

Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Built Environment Resilience, Renewable Energy, Smart Buildings/Cities, Sustainable Architecture and Design, Sustainable Construction)
My research has been focusing on landscape performance evaluation, which quantifies the post-performance of sustainable landscape projects (range from individual residential property to urban plaza, and city and regional scale), and shows the value of sustainable design practices.

Yi Luo, PhD, PLA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida. Prior to joining the University of Florida, Yi taught at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University. Yi received her Bachelor of Architecture from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, Master of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University, and PhD in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University.  Her areas of interest are landscape performance evaluation, sustainability assessment, performance evaluation metrics and methods, therapeutic landscapes, and stormwater management and low impact development. Yi’s research has been funded by various agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Landscape Architecture Foundation, and Jessie Ball DuPont.

Before pursuing her PhD at Texas A&M University, Yi practiced landscape architecture and architecture in multidisciplinary firms in the United States and China with efforts to promote green building and sustainable development. She is a licensed landscape architect (Utah).

Yi advises Ph.D. and Master students and teaches a wide range of studio and lecture courses:

  • Site Design and Planning (Studio)
  • Landscape Construction (Studio)
  • Capstone Project (Studio)
  • Research Methods
  • Advanced Landscape Architecture (Studio)
  • Collaboration Studio (Studio)
  • History of Landscape Architecture
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Seminars


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Andrea Galinski

Andrea Galinski

Department of Landscape Architecture
Assistant Professor
ARCH 442

• Master of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University, 2010
• Bachelor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 2002

Areas of Focus:

Built Environment Resilience + Climate Change Adaptation

Sustainability (Built Environment Resilience)
In relation to the UN’s perspective on “sustainability,” (sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”), I’ve been focused on sustainability in terms of conducting research that assists communities to become more resilient to climate change impacts (flooding, heat, etc.), and to develop strategies that support thriving amidst long-term change.


Andrea is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Florida Department of Landscape Architecture. She is also a research affiliate with the UF Shimberg Center for Housing Studies and Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER).

Andrea’s passion is to advance climate resilient design and planning in teaching and research. She teaches foundational coursework and interdisciplinary design studios with a concentration on issues of climate change, equity, and other critical topics.

Andrea’s research explores the nexus between climate change and affordable housing. Her research has been supported by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Gulf Research Program (NASEM GRP), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florida Sea Grant (FSG), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), and others.

Previously, Andrea worked in Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to develop the state’s 50 year/$50 billion Coastal Master Plan to protect and restore the coast in the context of a changing climate. She also taught at Louisiana State University (LSU) focusing on research-based design of landscape infrastructure along the Louisiana coast.

Andrea has a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Louisiana State University’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. She has transdisciplinary Bachelor of Philosophy (B.Ph.) degree in “Human Ecology” from Penn State University. She currently lives in Gainesville, FL with her husband, two children, a dog, two cats, and a revolving flock of suburban chickens.

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Alpa Nawre

Alpa Nawre

Department of Landscape Architecture
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
ARCH 442

• Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University, 2011
• Master of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University, 2007
• Bachelor of Architecture, National Institute of Technology, Raipur, India, 2003

Areas of Focus:  Sustainability (Built Environment Resilience) Research explores low-cost, resilient landscape infrastructure for water management. Bio: Alpa is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Florida and the Executive Director of ‘Critical Places’, a non-profit based in India that works with marginalized communities for developing solutions to issues of the built environment. Alpa is passionately committed to advocating for and developing the role of landscape architecture in creating socio-culturally integrated solutions to water issues, and designs of human habitats in developing countries through her research, practice and teaching. Her scholarship on vernacular water infrastructure systems of water management in India has been published in diverse venues such as Journal of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Journal, Ground Up, Thresholds, and similar. Alpa’s research and creative scholarship has been supported by grants such as the Dumbarton Oaks Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies, and the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s (LAF) Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. Alpa teaches the Advanced Graduate Landscape Design Studio and the Undergraduate Urban Design Studio in addition to capstone/terminal project seminars. She is a recipient of the UF DCP International Educator of the Year Award, and Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Award for Excellence in Design Studio Teaching. Trained as an architect, landscape architect and urbanist, Alpa brings a rich, multi-disciplinary lens to her work. She holds a post-professional Masters degree in Urban Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor in Architecture from NIT, Raipur, India. She is a licensed landscape architect in Kansas, a licensed architect in India, and a LEED AP, and has worked internationally in design offices in India, USA, UAE and Switzerland. Alpa serves as co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion research track of CELA and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education JAE, the Alumni Council of Harvard GSD, and the Board of Directors of the LAF.

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Maria C. “Tina” Gurucharri

Maria C. “Tina” Gurucharri

Department of Landscape Architecture
Associate Professor Emeritus

• MLA, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, 1988
• BLA, University of Florida, 1978

In 1991, Professor Gurucharri joined the faculty at the University of Florida’s Department of Landscape Architecture where she teaches lecture classes and design studios at the graduate and undergraduate level. During her 30-year tenure she served as Department Chair for over 12 years. As Department Chair, Professor Gurucharri oversaw an accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, an accredited Master of Landscape Architecture, and a Ph.D. concentration in Landscape Architecture. She was also Co-Director of the School of Landscape Architecture & Planning (SLA&P), home to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Department of Landscape Architecture. Professor Gurucharri has conducted research in culture and nature-based tourism to promote conservation and sustainable economic development in Florida and Central America. She has championed the “scholarship of engagement” through the integration of teaching and research through service. She has disseminated this research through national and international publications and presentations. Prior to joining UF, she was in public and private professional practice engaged in domestic and international planning and design projects for 12 years. She received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) from the University of Florida and her Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

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Dan Manley

Dan Manley

Department of Landscape Architecture
Instructional Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator

• Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida, 2001
• Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Duke University, 1998

Areas of Focus: Sustainability (Building Materials) Scholarship and teaching addresses the application of green stormwater infrastructure and sustainable construction materials at the site scale including transportation corridors. Bio: Dan Manley is an Instructional Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture.  Dan began his teaching career at the University of Florida in 2014 as an Adjunct Lecturer before joining the faculty as a Lecturer in 2016.  He has also served as Undergraduate Coordinator and currently serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the department.  His research and scholarship interests center on construction documentation, green infrastructure, transportation-related design, and professional practice. Dan teaches the construction sequence in the department introducing students to concepts in grading, drainage, and stormwater; horizontal and vertical road alignment; and materials, horizontal layout, and irrigation.  He also assists students in developing business and project management-related skills in the department’s professional practice course.  Dan co-teaches the introductory design studio and has co-taught the design communications course in the summer to incoming graduate students.  Dan has also taught courses in advanced landscape construction, design implementation, and co-led the undergraduate capstone seminar.  He has served as the chair, co-chair, or advisor for numerous capstones and graduate terminal projects in Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and Sustainability in the Built Environment. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University in 1998 as well as a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Florida in 2001.  He is a Professional Landscape Architect and practiced for over fifteen years in both Orlando and Gainesville, Florida.  He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Kevin Thompson

Kevin Thompson

Department of Landscape Architecture
Associate Professor
ARCH 452

• Master of Landscape Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005
• Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University, 1990

Areas of Focus: Design Learning Design Learning, Cultural Landscapes, Community Engagement, Cross-Cultural Experiences, Community Service and Applied Learning

Bio: Kevin is a design instructor, placemaker and educator who has served on the faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida since 2007.  He teaches across a broad range of subjects including urban design, site planning, design research, cultural landscapes, implementation and community engagement.  He has also taught at Penn State, Washington State University and on the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning at the Institut Teknologi Sepuleh Nopember Surabaya, Jawa Timor Indonesia.  He served the department as Graduate and PhD Coordinator from 2009 to 2017.

His teaching and research draws from a decade and a half of experience in international private practice completed in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia.  From 2006 – 2015, he directed international field schools focused on cultural landscapes and community engagement for students in architecture, planning and landscape architecture in Viet Nam, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Bali and Timor Jawa, Indonesia.  He was awarded an AMINEF Fulbright Senior Scholar award for his work on cultural landscapes and community engagement in the subak landscapes of Bali and an Australian-American Fulbright Commission award for his work on urban park connectors in Singapore. He continues his Fulbright involvement as an active member of UF’s Fulbright Committee and as President of the Fulbright Association North Florida Chapter.

Kevin’s teaching and research centers on culturally-attuned placemaking and design with projects including neighborhood revitalization for rural communities and urban redevelopment plans for cities throughout Florida.  He has worked with students on projects mapping the heritage significance of cultural landscapes in Bali while serving as External Advisor on UNESCO’s Governing Assembly, Indonesia. His current work focuses on community placemaking in Florida communities. Kevin hold a Bachelor’s of Science (BSLA) and a Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the Pennsylvania State University and is licensed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

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