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Prof Carl Steinitz
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  • Honorary Professor
  • Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Carl Steinitz, who held the position of Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Graduate School of Design since 1973, was named the first Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning in 1986. In 1967 he received the Ph.D. degree in city and regional planning, with a major in urban design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He also holds the Master in Architecture  degree from M.I.T. and a Bachelor in Architecture from Cornell University.  He began his affiliation with the Harvard Graduate School of Design as an initial Research Associate in the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis in 1965.

Research Summary

Professor Steinitz has devoted much of his academic and professional career to improving methods by which planners and designers analyze information about large land areas and make decisions about conservation and development.  His teaching encompasses such courses as Theories and Methods of Landscape Planning and Visual Landscape Assessment and Management.  His applied research and studio teaching focus on highly valued landscapes that are undergoing substantial pressures for change.  Professor Steinitz has directed studies of the Gunnison region of Colorado; the Monadnock region of New Hampshire; The Snyderville Basin, Utah; Monroe County, Pennsylvania; the region of Camp Pendleton, California, the Gartenreich Worlitz in Germany and  Muskau in Germany and Poland; the West Lake in Hangzhou, China; and the Upper San Pedro River Basin in Sonora and Arizona; Coiba National Park in Panama, the regions of  La Paz and Loreto in  Baja California Sur, Mexico, Cagliari,  Italy, the Tajo River and Henares River corridors in Spain  and the regions of Castilla La Mancha and Valencia in Spain.

Teaching Summary

Professor Steinitz has lectured and given workshops in more than 140 other universities. In 1984, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented Professor Steinitz with the Outstanding Educator Award for his “extraordinary contribution to environmental design education” and for his “pioneering exploration in the use of computer technology in landscape planning, especially in the areas of resource management and visual impact assessment.”  In 1996 he received the annual “Outstanding Practitioner Award” from the International Society of Landscape Ecology (USA). In 2002, he was honored as one of Harvard University’s outstanding teachers. Professor Steinitz is principal author of “Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes”, Island Press, 2003. He has received several honorary degrees. Professor Steinitz is External Academic Adviser to the European Union funded LE- NOTRE program to rationalize landscape education in Europe and Honorary Visiting Professor at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

2011 Chair of Design and Visiting Professor of Practice   The Pennsylvania State University, United States
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