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Lori Catalano


Lori Catalano photo   Contact Information

   Phone: 303.315.1027: Cell 720.260.0117

  Office Location: CU Denver Building, 320M

  Office Hours: By appointment 



Landscape Architecture

Degrees Held

  • Master of Landscape Architecture (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with a Horticulture Minor (Iowa State University)

Research Interests

  • Design pedagogy, learning outcomes and assessment:  shifting design education from the paradigm of “teaching” to that of “learning.”

  • Civic engagement:  creating relevant learning experiences for students by developing opportunities for students to apply their academic skills while becoming contributory members of our society.

  • Landform as a fundamental design tool:  manipulating the landform to create significant spatial (and visual) consequences affecting one’s experience of a place while also affecting the complex nested and interrelated systems that make up a site.

  • Planting aesthetic for the arid West:  developing a new and more appropriate planting aesthetic that is responsive to the climate of the arid West.

  • Responsible use of water:  establishing a role for landscape architects in developing and communicating knowledge about conserving, reclaiming and protecting water as a resource.


  • Jane Silverstein Reis Foundation, board member
  • Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, member
  • American Society of Landscape Architects, member
  • Denver Botanic Gardens, member

      License to Practice Landscape Architecture

  • Colorado #147 (active)

  • Wyoming #LA-00688 (active)


2014    Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Baltimore Maryland.  “Landscape
            Architectural Documentation: Teaching and Practice Relationships” Panelist.

2011    WaterSmart Innovations, Las Vegas, Nevada.  “Valuing Water and Landscape in the Urban
            West.”  Co-authored and presented with Dr. Paul Lander.

2009    Canalscapes Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona.  “Approaches to an Authentic Desert Urbanism.”

2004    Denver Botanic Garden, Denver, Colorado.  “Denver Botanic Garden’s Role in the

2002    Lectures Series on Landscape Design in an Arid Climate, Golden, Colorado.  “A Brief History
            of Garden Design.”

1999    Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Ames, Iowa. “Surface and Ground.”

1993    Lecture Series on Exploring the Range of Practice, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
            “Speculative Reconstruction of Roman Urban Space.”


Catalano, Lori, “Terrains of Design Education at UC Denver. “ Rocky Mountain Exposures, June 2009.

Langhorst, Joern and Lori Catalano, “(Re-) Building and Community in New Orleans – A Critical Reflection.” Rocky Mountain Exposures, May/June 2008.

Catalano, Lori, David Sprunt and Ann Komara, UCD Department of Landscape Architecture Self-Evaluation Report (Prepared for the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board, Washington D.C., 2009).

Nowlan, Janis, Lori Catalano and Leo Darnell, Dar Al-Hekma College Proposal for Bachelors Degree in Architecture (Prepared for Dar Al-Hekma College and the Ministry of Higher Education, Saudi Arabia, September 2010).

Most Recent Courses

  • LA 6686 Advanced Landform:  Design of landform with an introduction to Rhino3D
  • LA 6686 Advanced Planting Design: Auraria Campus Library Courtyard Planting Design Build Project – Denver, Colorado
  • LA 6607/08 Advanced Landscape Architectural Design Studio: Master Plan for Riverbend Park - Palisade, Colorado
  • LA 6607/08 Advanced Landscape Architectural Design Studio: Bayou Bienvenue Design Build Project - New Orleans, Louisiana
  • UD 6601 Urban Design Studio: Canalscapes - Phoenix, Arizona
  • LA 5503 Landscape Architectural Design Studio 3:  Transects
  • LA 5532 Landform Manipulation
  • LA 6631 Landscape Construction Materials and Methods
  • LA 6670 Plants in Design
  • LA 6710 Landscape Representation


2010      Excellence in Service Award in the College of Architecture and Planning (University of
              Colorado Denver)

2007      Excellence for Teaching Award in the College of Architecture and Planning (Non-Tenure
              Track) (University of Colorado Denver)
1992      ASLA Certificate of Merit (University of Pennsylvania)
1991      Van Alen Travel Fellowship for independent study in Europe
1991      Landscape Architecture departmental scholarship (University of Pennsylvania)
1986      ASLA Certificate of Merit (Iowa State University)
1986      Graduated with distinction (Iowa State University)

1986      George W. Catt Scholarship for the LA student with the highest g.p.a. (Iowa State University)


2012    "Uncovering Meaningful Curriculum Development in Landscape Architecture.” A Faculty Development Grant given by the University of Colorado Denver to uncover and document other landscape architecture programs’ approaches to integrating outcomes and assessment into the curriculum.

2009      Elixr Project, an online teaching resource, led by Kenny Wolf, Joni Dunlap, and Ellen Stevens.  One of six digital case stories added to those generated for the larger national project.  The case studies are available online as examples of effective strategies for teaching and learning.

1998     “A Third Place.”  A Learn about Your City Grant given by the City and County of Denver, Mayor’s Council of Arts, Culture and Film.


2012 A Cultural History of Gardens Volume One: A Cultural History of Gardens in Antiquity.                             Bloomsbury Publishing.
1995 The Late Roman Villa at Castle Copse, Wiltshire.  Indiana University Press.
1994 “Porticus Pompeiana:  A New Perspective on the First Public Park of Ancient Rome.”                               Journal of Garden History, Volume 14, Number 1.
1994 The Archaeology of Garden and Field.  University of Pennsylvania Press.


2014 A residential design project called Curb Appeal was featured in Modern in Denver,
                October 2014.
2012 A residential design project called the Shield House was featured in 5280 Magazine,
                October 2012.
2012 Students’ work from the Canalscapes studio collaboration with Arizona State University
                was referenced in Nan Elin’s book, Good Urbanism.
2009 The Riverbend Park Master Plan with students’ work was adopted by the Town Council of
                Palisade, Colorado.

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