The UGA Cultural Landscape Laboratory is a collaborative enterprise. While the lab’s research activities are coordinated by faculty and graduate students in the UGA College of Environment and Design, our work depends on contributions from a wide range of people and institutions. Our partners include scholars and students in other UGA departments, private-sector professionals, and members of the communities where we work.

CLL Faculty & Staff

Pratt Cassity

Director of Public Service + Outreach

Personal Interests

Design review systems in municipal government, new construction and visual changes in protected areas, citizen participation in public design and visioning, global and domestic service-learning, design training for non-designers, design guidelines and cultural tourism in developing countries

Mailing Address

Broad Street Studio 1
225 West Broad Street
Athens, GA 30602


Phone: 706-369-5868


Marianne Cramer

Associate Professor


Marianne Cramer is an Associate Professor at the College of Environment + Design. She currently teaches research strategies, contemporary landscape design theory, and undergraduate design studios. Prior to her academic career she was part of the team responsible for the plan to rebuild New York City’s Central Park. She was instrumental in strategizing a management plan for the woodland areas of the park and responsible for the design of the landscape surrounding the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Originally from western Pennsylvania, she grew up on a dairy farm and threw around a lot of bales of hay.

Degrees Held

MLA, University of Georgia (1977)
-Research Thesis: The Role of Feedback in Design Systems
BA, Biology Thiel College (1969)

Research Interests

Professor Cramer’s current research focuses on how the principles of design thinking affect landscape design education and practice. Her secondary research interests of relevance to master-level research include cultural landscape management; adaptive planning, design and management; and new directions in design theory.

Personal Interests

Drawing and guerilla gardening

Selected Publications

  • Firth, Ian J. W. and Marianne Cramer. 1999. “Ecosystems and Preservation: Learning from New York’s Central Park” APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology 30(1)15-20. [Journal cover illustration]
  • Putnam, Karen and Marianne Cramer. 1999. New York’s 50 Best Places to Discover and Enjoy in Central Park. NYC: City & Company.
  • Rogers, Elizabeth Barlow, Marianne Cramer, Judith Heintz, Bruce Kelly and Philip Winslow. 1987. Rebuilding Central Park: A Management and Restoration Plan. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Honors and Awards

  • CE+D 2014 Alumni Award for Teaching
  • UGA College of Environment + Design 2013 Dean’s Award for Teaching Innovation

ens, GA 30602

Mailing Address

107 Denmark Hall
115 Bocock Street
Athens, GA 30602


Phone: 706-542-7112


Cari Goetcheus

Associate Professor


Cari L. Goetcheus, Associate Professor in the College of Environment + Design, teaches in the graduate Historic Preservation Program. With training in both Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation, Cari’s expertise lies in cultural landscape research, documentation and management.

Prior to her academic career, Ms. Goetcheus worked in both the public and private sectors. As a Historical Landscape Architect with the National Park Service in Atlanta, GA and Washington, D.C., Cari worked with the Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) program. In Washington, D.C. she further worked with NPS regional colleagues to assist the then 396 national parks with a variety of cultural landscape issues. In private practice, Ms. Goetcheus worked in both traditional landscape architecture offices on master plans, site designs and construction drawings, as well as in preservation firms known for their cultural landscape work and developing National Heritage Areas. On a volunteer basis at the national level, Cari was instrumental in developing the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) program and its documentation guidelines.

With 25 years of experience in research, planning, preservation, and project management, Ms. Goetcheus is a licensed landscape architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Georgia. Current and past research projects include: directing theUGA Cultural Landscape Laboratory; partnering with ten Gullah Geechee communities in coastal South Carolina to document the tangible and intangible qualities of their historic communities; guiding consultants to develop the Getty Foundation funded Clemson University Preservation Master Plan; development of cultural resource documentation for a c. 1785 property on the Clemson University campus; working with students to craft a Scenic Byway Management Guide for Sumter National Forest, and contributing to an Environmental Impact Assessment Report for Dyea, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska.

Degrees Held

Master of Historic Preservation, University of Georgia
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Utah State University
Associates in Applied Science (Landscape Development), State University of New York-Cobleskill

Research Interests

Goetcheus’ research interests include landscape preservation education, vernacular and ethnographic land use history, and specifically the impact of African American culture on the landscapes of the South-eastern United States


Phone: 706-542-0061


Eric MacDonald

Associate Professor


Eric MacDonald is an Associate Professor who teaches environmental design history and landscape management in the college’s landscape architecture and historic preservation programs. His research focuses on American environmental history, and cultural landscape management. This work has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and a Fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. His professional experience includes cultural landscape documentation and management plans for Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Voyageurs National Park, and the grounds of the Wisconsin state capitol. In 2009 he co-founded the College of Environment and Design’s Cultural Landscape Laboratory, which initiated cultural landscape research and planning at Hyde Farm in metropolitan Atlanta, Wormsloe Plantation near Savannah, Georgia, and Stratford Hall Plantation on Virginia’s Northern Neck peninsula. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation. Since 2011, he has coordinated the Tanyard Creek Chew Crew, a student-led initiative to test the ecological, social, and cultural dimensions of prescribed grazing as a landscape management technique.

Degrees Held

Ph.D., Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Architecture, University of Michigan
Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan
BS, Architecture, University of Michigan

Research Interests

Environmental history, historical ecology, and sustainable landscape management

Mailing Address

105A Denmark Hall
115 Bocock Street
Athens, GA 30602


Phone: 706-542-0118


Dan Nadenicek

Professor and Dean


Dan Nadenicek holds degrees in Landscape Architecture and History from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, Mankato. He taught landscape architecture at Penn State for 11 years before chairing the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at Clemson University from 2002 to 2008. He joined the University of Georgia and the College of Environment and Design in the Fall of 2008 as dean.

Personal Interests

Throughout his career Nadenicek has focused his teaching and research on landscape history, the history of landscape architecture, and landscape architectural theory. His research and writing has focused on the origins of the profession in 19th century America and the relationship between early landscape architects and prominent literary figures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; the influence of such prominent Americans as Frederick Billings, who started a scientific forest in Woodstock, Vermont a full twenty years before the Biltmore Forest, on American planning and conservation; and the application of the concepts of use and reception to the design and development of American Parks. Recent scholarship includes a study of equalization schools in Georgia, a reexamination of memorialization in various contexts, and an environmental history of the Savannah River.

He has also taught courses on landscape architectural history, brought history and theory into graduate seminars, and taught students how to work with historic precedents in design studios.

Selected Publications

Nadenicek, Daniel, Benevolent Guidance: Frederick Billings and Origins of Nineteenth-Century American Planning, book contract and manuscript in progress with the Library of American Landscape History and University of Georgia Press (three of eight chapters completed; expected publication April 2019)

Goetcheus, Cari and Daniel Nadenicek, eds., Handbook for Cultural Landscapes, book contract with Routledge Publishing (expected publication April 2020)

Nadenicek, Daniel J. and David Pitt, “It’s Still About History: Editors’ Introduction,” Landscape Journal Fall 2016, 34:2 (iv – vi).

Nadenicek, Daniel, “Use and Reception,” chapt 2 in vol 5, Cultural History of Gardens: History of Gardens in the Age of Empire, Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers, 2013.

Nadenicek, Daniel and Doug Pardue, “Landscape Architecture,” The Encyclopedia of Housing, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2012.

Gobster, Paul, Joan Nassauer, and Daniel Nadenicek, “Landscape Journal: Charting a Course for the Next 25 Years,” Landscape Journal Spring 2010, 29:1 (52 – 70).

Bornholdt, Hanna and Daniel Nadenicek, “Expanding Preservation’s Boundaries in a German Industrial Landscape,” Exploring the Boundaries of Historic Landscape Preservation, Cari Goetcheus and Eric MacDonald, eds, Athens, GA, 2008.

Nadenicek, Daniel, “The Useful and The Beautiful: An American Analog to Pückler’s
Aesthetic,” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 2007, 41: 4 (135 – 48)

Yilmaz, Umit and Daniel Nadenicek. “Community Life and Places of Death,” Book Chapter in Service-Learning in Architecture and Planning, 2007.

Nadenicek, Daniel and Robert Hewitt, “Time, Place, and Health: New Frames of Reference for the Design of Healthy Environments,” CELA Proceedings 2005, Athens, GA, 2005.

Yahner, Thomas and Daniel Nadenicek, “Broadening the Base: History in Large Changing Landscapes,” Borderlands: The Shared Canadian and U. S. Experience of Landscape, Heritage Resource Centre, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2002 (125 –35).

Nadenicek, Daniel Joseph and Lance Neckar, introductory essay for ASLA reprinting of H.W.S. Cleveland, Landscape Architecture as Applied to the Wants of the West with an Essay on Forest Planting on the Great Plains, Library of American Landscape History project, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MA., 2002.

Nadenicek, Daniel Joseph, “Commemoration in the Landscape of Minnehaha: ‘A Halo of Poetic Association,'” Places of Commemoration, Search for Identity in Landscape Design, volume 19 of Dumbarton Oaks History of Landscape Architecture Colloquium Series, 2001 (55 – 79).

Nadenicek, Daniel Joseph and Catherine M. Hastings, “Environmental Rhetoric, Environmental Sophism: The Words and Work of Landscape Architecture,” Environmentalism in Landscape Architecture, volume 22 of Dumbarton Oaks History of Landscape Architecture Colloquium Series, 2000 (133 – 62).

Szczygiel, Bonj and Daniel Joseph Nadenicek, “Beaux Arts from Above?: City Beautiful and the Legacy of Women’s Improvement Organizations,” Building Toward Diversity: Selected CELA Annual Conference Papers, 1999 (151 – 62).

Yahner, Thomas and Daniel Joseph Nadenicek, “Community by Design: Contemporary
Problems / Historic Resolve,” Landscape and Urban Planning 1997, 39 (137-51).

Nadenicek, Daniel Joseph, “Emerson’s Aesthetic and Natural Design: A Theoretical Foundation for the Work of Cleveland,” Nature and Ideology, volume 18 of Dumbarton Oaks History of Landscape Architecture Colloquium Series,1997 (59 -80).

Nadenicek, Daniel Joseph, “The Poetry of Landscape Ecology: An Historical Perspective,” Landscape and Urban Planning 1997, 37 (123-127).

Nadenicek, Daniel Joseph, “Sleepy Hollow Cemetery,” Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism, Wesley T. Mott, ed., Greenwood Press, 1996 (199-200).

Nadenicek, Daniel Joseph, “Civilization by Design: Emerson and Landscape Architecture,” Nineteenth Century Studies 1996, 10 (33-47).

Luymes, Don T, Daniel Joseph Nadenicek, and Kenneth Tamminga, “Across the Great Divide: Landscape Architecture, Ecology, and the City,” Renewing the American City: Proceedings of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Karen L. Niles, ed., 1995 (187-196).

Nadenicek, Daniel, “Sleepy Hollow Cemetery: Philosophy Made Substance,” Emerson Society Papers Spring 1994, 4 (1- 2, 5).

Nadenicek, Daniel, “Nature in the City: Horace Cleveland’s Aesthetic,” Landscape and Urban Planning 1993, 26 (5-15).

Nadenicek, Daniel Joseph, “Early Visions for a System of Connected Parks,” Marrying Beauty with Utility: International Linear Parks Conference Proceedings 1993, 4 (102-109).

Nadenicek, Daniel, “Sleepy Hollow Cemetery: Transcendental Garden and Community Park,” Journal of the New England Garden History Society Fall 1993, 3 (8-14).


Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects
Fellow, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
President, Board of Directors, Library of American Landscape History
Member, Board of Trustees, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
Member, Board of Advisors, Southern Highlands Reserve
Member, Board of Directors, Douglas C. Allen Institute for the Study of Cities
Member, Board of Directors of the Wormsloe Foundation
Member, Board of Advisors, University of Georgia Press
Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Honors and Awards

2017       Selected as Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America
2016       Inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects
2016       Inducted as a Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
2009       Outstanding Administrator Award, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
2004       South Carolina American Planning Association Award for large-scale master planning with Umit Yilmaz
2001–2004       Horace Cleveland Visiting Lecturer at the University of Minnesota
2000       Horace Cleveland Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota
2000       Best Paper Award, Eastern Communication Association Conference
1998–2000      Term Fellow, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies
1996      Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture National Award of Recognition for excellence in research, teaching, and public service
1994      Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State


Mailing Address

113 Jackson Street Building
285 South Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602


Phone: 706-542-1816


Melissa Tufts

Owens Library + Circle Gallery Director

Degrees Held

MLA University of Georgia 2008
M.A. American History University of Georgia 1985
B.A. European History St. Andrews College 1976

Research Interests

Rural design, sustainable agriculture, natural resource conservation, environmental history of the American South

Mailing Address

121 Jackson Street Building
285 South Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602


Phone: 706-542-8292


Alfie Vick

Associate Professor


Alfred Vick is the Georgia Power Professor in Environmental Ethics at the University of Georgia. He is a licensed landscape architect and a LEED Fellow.  In addition to teaching in the CED, he is on the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of the Institute of Native American Studies.  He continues to practice as a principal at Solidago Design Solutions and his professional work has included several LEED-certified buildings, including the LEED Platinum headquarters of the Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.   Alfred is past-Chair of the Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group for the US Green Building Council, Founding Chair of the Athens Branch of the US Green Building Council and is on the Board of Directors of the Athens Land Trust.

Degrees Held

MLA, University of Georgia (1998)
BS, Liberal Arts & Sciences – Engineering Psychology, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign (1993)

Research Interests

Professor Vick’s research focuses on green infrastructure and sustainable site design, landscape performance metrics, native plant communities, and Cherokee ethnobotany.

Personal Interests

Gardening, hiking, woodworking, winemaking.

Selected Publications

  1. Vick, R.A., Calabria, J., Echols, S., Ogden, M., Yocca, D. 2012. Site Design: Water. Sustainable Sites Handbook. Meg Calkins, Editor. John Wiley & Sons. New York.
  2. Calabria, J., Vick, R.A., and Cassity, P.W. 2011. UGA’s Green Infrastructure Plan: Student Envisioned. 2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference Proceedings.
  3. Vick, R.A. Cherokee Adaptation to the Landscape of the West and Overcoming the Loss of Culturally Significant Plants. American Indian Quarterly Vol 35. No. 3 (Summer 2011). University of Nebraska Press.
  4. Vick, R.A. The Plant Communities of the Trail of Tears: Overcoming Relocation and Reestablishing a Connection to Place. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture 2008 Conference Proceedings.
  5. Vick, R.A. Low-impact Land Development: The Practice of Preserving Natural Processes. Chinese Landscape Architecture. Volume 25/166. (translated by CAO Juan)
  6. Wenger, S.J., Carter, T.L., Vick, R.A., and Fowler, L.A. 2008. Runoff Limits: An Ecologically-based Stormwater Management Program. Stormwater 9: 1-10.
  7. Vick, R.A. Low-impact Land Development: The Practice of Preserving Natural Processes. Journal of Green Building. Volume 1, Number 4.
  8. Vick, R.A. 2006. Site Design for Stormwater Management. Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards. Len Hopper, Editor. John Wiley & Sons. New York.


American Society of Landscape Architects

US Green Building Council

American Mensa

Honors and Awards

Landscape Architecture Foundation Case Study Investigation (CSI) Research Fellow, 2018

Cherokee Nation Sevenstar Stalwart Award, 2014

University of Georgia Teaching Academy, 2013

Outstanding Faculty Member – Sustainable UGA Awards, 2013

Distinguished Faculty Member – CED Alumni Association, 2013


Selected Grants and Funded Projects

  1. Revising Georgia’s Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan
    Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Co-PI, $75,000                                 February 2014 – August 2014
  2. The Impact of Climate Change on Tribal Resource Management in the Southeast
    US Forest Service grant, Co-PI, $35,000                                                                                                                         2011
  3. Increasing the Sustainability of Distribution Warehouse Centers
    Technical Assistance Grant, Co-PI, $107,632                                                                                                               2008

Mailing Address

202 Denmark Hall
115 Bocock Street
Athens, GA 30602


Phone: 706-542-6550


  • Tom Jones, MHP 2013
  • Fielding Link, MLA 2013

For more information about each faculty member, please view the CED Directory

CLL Research Assistants

  • Paul Cady, MLA Candidate
  • Jarrad Holbrook, MHP Candidate
  • Genna Mason, MLA Candidate
  • Matt West, MHP Candidate

Previous CLL Research Assistants

  • Judson Abbott, MLA 2012
  • Tim Barrett, MHP 2011
  • Stephanie Bryan MLA 2011
  • Vineet Date, MHP Candidate
  • Nathan Dittman, MLA Candidate
  • Leanne Dickerson, MHP 2014
  • Sean Dunlap, MHP 2013
  • Carrie Landers, MLA 2011
  • Theresa Owen, MEPD 2012
  • Milton Perry, MHP 2013
  • Katie Pigott, MLA 2012
  • Laura Schuetz, MHP 2013
  • Megan Turner, MLA 2014
  • Katie Twomey, MHP 2014
  • Wes Ryals, MLA 2013
  • Daniel Weldon, MHP 2014

UGA Research Partners

Department of Geography

Center for Geospatial Research

Thomas R. Jordan

Marguerite Madden

The UGA Department of Geography’s Center for Remote-Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS) and the Cultural Landscape Laboratory are working together to explore how Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote-sensing and other digital technologies may contribute to the stewardship of cultural landscapes. Marguerite Madden, Director of CRMS, and Thomas R. Jordan, Associate Director of CRMS, provide lab faculty and students with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) equipment, and collaborate with lab researchers on the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the lab’s research sites.

Department of History

Paul Sutter

Drew Swanson

The UGA Cultural Landscape Laboratory’s work at Wormsloe Plantation draws heavily from the research of environmental historians Paul Sutter and Drew Swanson. Sutter, formerly Associate Professor in the UGA Department of History (now Professor of History at the University of Colorado), and former UGA graduate student Swanson, have researched the history of human use of the land at Wormsloe Plantation. Both scholars continue to assist faculty and students of the UGA Cultural Landscape Laboratory with our work at this site.

Department of Horticulture

David Berle

Professor David Berle and his graduate students provide the UGA Cultural Landscape Laboratory with equipment and technical expertise for collecting GPS data at our research sites.

Institute of Native American Studies

Private Research Partners

Cherokee Heritage Center

Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Nation Enterprises

The Jaeger Company

Dale Jaeger

Keyes Williamson

The UGA Cultural Landscape Laboratory is assisting The Jaeger Company with the preparation of a cultural landscape inventory for Stratford Hall Plantation. Keyes Williamson, a UGA-CED graduate and landscape architect for The Jaeger Company, is coordinating the inventory. It will provide baseline data on landscape features, and support an initial assessment of the landscape’s condition, historic significance, and historic integrity.

National Trail of Tears Association

North Park University

Produce, Inc.

Robert E. Lee Memorial Association

Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History

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