Professor Brink is a tenured faculty member of the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning in the Department of Landscape Architecture. She received her masters of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate school of fine arts in 1978. Prior to joining UCD, Professor Brink spent ten years in private practice in Philadelphia and Denver. During her seventeen years at UCD she spent five years as department chair of the landscape architecture program. Her research interests have spanned a diverse array of landscape interests including mine land reclamation, new community development, and ecological design. Recently she received a merit award in teaching from the Colorado Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and, nationally, outstanding teacher of the year award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.
Learning Landscapes has been her primary research during the past five years. The Learning Landscape program sponsors the design and construction of innovative multi-use playgrounds that are custom fitted to the needs and desires of local communities. Key objectives of the playgrounds have been to establish a community focal point, to offer academic and physical education and socialization tools, and to improve recreational opportunities for the neighborhood. This program has been guided by a public-private partnership and directed by graduate landscape architecture students from the University of Colorado at Denver, College of Architecture and Planning with Professor Brink as Principal Investigator.