• 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
Areas of Focus:
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 currently teaches foundational landscape architecture courses including “Introduction to Landscape Architecture” and “Site Analysis” in the Department of Landscape Architecture. She employs a student-centered and social learning approach, as well as infuses foundational design coursework with issues of equity, climate change, and other critical conversations. Previously, she taught at Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and the School of Architecture; her teaching centered on rigorous research-based design for resilient landscape infrastructures in the dynamic Louisiana coast.
Working in the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, Andrea focuses on the nexus between climate change and affordable housing with a particular interest in pre-disaster mitigation plans and policies. Most recently, she is exploring the ethical use of drones and other AI technologies in relation to landscape site analysis and community engagement. Funded research projects include: “Flood Hazard Management & Practitioner Information Network for Florida Coastal Communities” (National Science Foundation); “Quantifying the Effectiveness of Resilience Planning for Affordable Housing” (Florida Sea Grant); as well as the “Resilience and Energy Analysis of Communities and Housing” in the Tampa Bay (JP Morgan Chase), among others. Previously, she worked in Louisiana to develop the state’s 50 year/$50 billion Coastal Master Plan to protect and restore the coast in the context of sea level rise. Her work also received Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards: Honorable Mention in “Technological Innovations” for a web-based tool visualizing future wetland degradation, storm surge, and sea level rise.
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. Additionally, she is also a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), and member of the Association of Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), American Planning Association (APA), and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
She currently lives in Gainesville, FL with her husband, two young children, a dog, two cats, and a flock of suburban chickens.
• Doctoral Candidate in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania – School of Design
• Master of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania – School of
• Diploma of architectural Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2004
Costis Alexakis is a Landscape Architect and a historian of gardens and designed landscapes. His research focuses on the narrative structure of landscapes. He uses records of built works, as well as project reports, gardening treatises, horticultural manuals, and other literary sources, to examine the ways in which physical landscapes can reinforce, contradict, and even subvert ideas that people hold about nature. He considers landscape architecture a form of fiction akin to literary fiction: a powerful advocacy tool for environmental and other causes.
Costis is a registered Architect in Greece and has worked at Studio A66 in Athens under Dimitris and Suzana Antnonakaki. He is also a registered Landscape Architect (PLA), and has worked at Peter Walker and Partners in Berkeley, CA, and at the SWA Group is Sausalito, CA. He studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, in Greece (Diploma in Architectural Engineering, 2004), and Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania (Master in Landscape Architecture, 2007). He is currently completing his dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania (PhD in Architectural History – ABD) on the career of Warren Manning (1860-1938).
At the University of Florida Costis teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the history and theory of landscape architecture (LAA2710, LAA4230 & LAA6231), and introductory studio (LAA2360). He serves as Internship coordinator for the Department of Landscape Architecture, and also as advisor for undergraduate capstone projects, and for graduate terminal projects.
• Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
• Master of Architecture, South China University of Technology, 2005
• Bachelor of Architecture, South China University of Technology, 2002
Huiqing Kuang is a Landscape Architect, and an Instructional Assistant Professor in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. She focuses on placemaking: the creation of strong, vibrant, and environmentally sustainable communities. Her expertise lie in design visualization, digital technologies, green infrastructure, and design with native plants.
Huiqing holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed landscape architect, and she has worked for OLIN in Philadelphia, PA (2011-2015), and SWA in Sausalito, CA (2007-2011). She also holds Master and Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern China University of Technology. She is an Architect in China and has worked at the Architecture Design & Research Institute in Guangzhou under Prof. He Jingtang. Her work has been awarded by the American Society of Landscape Architecture, the Society of College and University Planning, and China Engineering & Consulting Association.
Huiqing currently teaches undergraduate and graduate Design Communication courses, Visualization for Planners, undergraduate and graduate Design Studios (Principles and Planting Design), Introduction to Landscape Architecture; she also advises Capstone and Graduate Terminal Projects. Her teaching focuses on innovative techniques that explore the agency of representation in Landscape Architectural design. She embraces people-centered design approaches to create a sense of place that reflects the temporal, spatial and material complexity of the landscape.
• Ph.D. Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002
• M.A. Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, 1997
• B.A. Anthropology, University of Central Florida, 1994
Areas of Focus:
Dr. Murtha holds a joint appointment with the College of Design, Construction and Planning and the Center for Latin American Studies. He is an anthropologist, landscape archaeologist and design educator with over twenty years of research studying settlement patterns and landscape history in the lowlands of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. He is a founding faculty member of the Florida Institute of Built Environment Resilience and his research investigates the coupled natural human systems dynamics of settlement and land use, relying on advanced geospatial tools. Dr. Murtha studied at the University of Central Florida, before completing his MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University. For thirteen years, Dr. Murtha taught in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, recently directing the Hamer Center for Community Design (2014 – 2017). Dr. Murtha has conducted sponsored interdisciplinary research in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, as well as participating in research in Northern Europe and North America.
• 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.
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.
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.
• 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.
Dan Manley is the Interim Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Acting Associate Director of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. 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.
Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Building Materials, Built Environment Resilience, Smart Buildings/Cities, Sustainable Architecture and Design, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Technology)
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 East Java, Viet Nam, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Timor Jawa, Indonesia. He was awarded an AMINEF Fulbright Senior Scholar award for his work in 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).