Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Research and Interest:
As Landscape Architecture is often described as a dynamic amalgam of art and science, I bring the experience and sensibilities of a practicing artist to my students by way of my Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of North Dakota, and my subsequent stint teaching art and fashion design at NDSU in the 1980’s. Manual dexterity, hand-to-eye coordination, and the championing of visual acuity in the exploration and pursuit of design excellence provide a level of sophistication typified by my “Art Fence” project in north Fargo.
My fifteen years in a sole proprietorship Landscape Architecture practice, in conjunction with my tenure as a technician in the City of Fargo’s Planning and Development department, also deliver a paradigm of practical experience in the field to my students as they labor to understand and master the great diversity of challenges, skills and insights necessary for fine Landscape Architecture.
Masters in Community and Regional Planning, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 1991
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 1991
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 1989
Masters of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1981
Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Visual Arts, Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND, 1978
Recent Research, Publications and Creative Work:
From the juried ASLA National Awards in 2011, a final round citation was given in the General Design category, and also a 2012 resubmittal invitation for the initial four-year construction phase of an Urban Agriculture project entitled “The Art Fence.”
In 2010, a Merit Award was presented to “The Art Fence” as a project in progress, in The Great Plains Chapter Regional ASLA Design Competition, juried by the New Mexico Chapter of ASLA.
Architect/Partner; Steve C. Martens, Architect (1988-present).
FrozenMusic, Architectural collaboration with Milton Yergens, Architect (1989-2004).
Lecturer (adjunct), North Dakota State University (1985-1987).
Architect/Partner; Twichell/Thompsen/Martens/O'Brien, Architects (1984-1986).
Senior Project Architect; Seth W. Twichell & Associates (1983-1984).
ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) 2006-2012
NDNGA (North Dakota Nursery and Greenhouse Association) 2009
LA231 Landscape Architecture Graphics
LA271 Landscape Architecture I- Intro to LA Studio
LA351 Landscape Residential Design
LA372 Landscape Architecture IV-Community Planning & Design Studio
LA396 Individual Study/Tutorial, Field Experience
LA474 International Design Studio-Term Abroad Angers, France: Spring Semester 2012
LA494 Independent Study/ Graphic Studio Instruction
LA531 Advanced Landscape Architecture Plant Design
LA563 Programing/Thesis Prep
LA571 Advanced Landscape Architecture Design III
LA572 Design thesis
LA590 Seminar "Urban Agriculture & Landscape Architecture: A Vision for Urban Sustenance"
LA590 Individual Study/Tutorial, "LA's Role in the Recession"
LA593 Individual Study/Tutorial, "Campus Beautiful Plan"
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 2006-Present
Adjunct Lecturer of Landscape Architecture North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 2006
Instructor, Landscape Architecture Department, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 1989
Instructor, Department of Interior Design, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 1981-1983
Instructor, Art Department, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN 1981-1982