Anna-Maria Visilia

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Phone: 701-231-8121


Ph.D., History and Theory of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1996

M.S., Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1993

M.L.A., Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1989

Diploma of Architectural Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 1986 

Research and Interest:
  • History and Theory of 20th and 21st Landscape Architecture
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Materials/Construction and Detailing
  • Environmentalism and Landscape Design
  • Contemporary Landscape Design Communications


Recent Research, Publications and Creative Work
  • Gardens and orchards of Kampos historical country mansions in Chios: An early trace of landscape architecture in Greece, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, April 2015, 35:4, pp. 290-311
  • Adobe and timber ties as the main construction materials of a historic Greek dwelling, International Journal of Architectural Heritage, vol.4, issue 4, October - December 2010, pp. 295-319
  • Bioclimatic lessons from James C. Roses architecture, Building and Environment, vol. 44, issue 8, August 2009, pp. 1758-1768
  • Evaluation of a sustainable Greek vernacular settlement and its landscape: architectural typology and building physics, Building and Environment, volume 44, issue 6, June 2009, pp. 1095-1106
  • Sculpting in Space and Time: Gardens by James C. Rose, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pennsylvania, 1996


Professional Credits and Activities
  • Mention Award, UIA Durban, International Union of Architects World, 2014
  • Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Scholarship, 1987-1993
  • 2nd Honor Award for Pausilippos Park in Karditsa, Greece, 1987


  • Registered Architect, Technical Chamber of Greece, 1986-present


Professional Memberships
  • International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), 1989-present
  • Technical Chamber of Greece, 1986-present


Courses Taught
  • LA 271 Introduction to Landscape Architecture
  • LA 372 Community Planning and Design
  • LA 422 Planting Theory and Practice
  • LA 789 Cultural Landscapes


Teaching Experience
  • North Dakota State University, 2018-present
  • Agricultural University of Athens, 2012-2018
  • National Technical University of Athens, 2005-2008
  • Democritus University of Thrace, 2000-2002


Ask Me

Who are your role models or inspiring folks?

My inspiring folk in the Landscape Architecture field is James Rose and in the Architecture field is Aris Konstantinidis


Outside of art and design fields, what inspires you?

Traveling and photography are my constant source of inspiration


What do you wish you had known when you started out as a student/in this field?

The importance of public relations and management are equally important to design

What was your most memorable meal?

Sunday's meals at my grandmother's home with all the family. Her specialty was "dolmadakia", small bites of rice with meat wrapped in vine leaves

In your office, you can only have three things, one book, one tool, and one picture. What would they be and why?

Book: Modern American Gardens by James Rose. It is an inspirational, creative book that dates back to 1967 with black and white photos of great American gardens that look so contemporary

Tool: my camera. An important tool I carry with me in all my travels

Picture: An image from my favorite summer vacation place, the Island of Naxos, Greece

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