SENIOR Instructor and Research Associate
Phone: 303.901.9993 or 303.315.1000
Office Location: CU Denver Building 512
Office hours: By appointment
- Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Colorado Denver (2003)
- BEng (equivalent), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
LEED, NC 2.0 accreditation, 2003
GRP (Accredited Green Roof Professional)
Leila Tolderlund was born in Denmark on the island of Fyn. She moved to Colorado in 1994 and received her Master of Landscape Architecture in 2003. She became LEED-accredited in 2004 and is actively bridging knowledge and experience acquired while growing up in Denmark with implementation of sustainable design strategies in the U.S. -- sustainability without borders.
She has practiced landscape architecture professionally since 2003 and been a faculty member in the Landscape Architecture Department at the College of Architecture and Planning since 2004. Her teaching and professional career is focused on promoting sustainable design strategies with a specific interest in urban sustainability and green roof research and implementation.
She is the Project Manager and Senior Instructor for the design and implementation of the University of Colorado Denver Green Roof Project and IRIS (Infrastructure and Research for Integrated Systems) which promotes intensive and extensive green roof and green wall testing, student and faculty research, and a public experimental research garden. UC Denver’s green roof research project started in 2006 and the IRIS initiative started in 2010. Both projects aim to educate and create awareness about green roofs and vertical garden plots. Students have designed and will implement living systems on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor at our building located on 1250 14th Street in downtown Denver. These projects will add to a growing body of professional literature and knowledge. Overall aim is to explore how vegetation ratios in our cities effect and help generate sustainable urban living.
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, 2003-present
ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), 2001-present
CCASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), 2001-present
USGBC (United States Green Building Council), 2003-present
UCGBC (local chapter), 2003-present
SELECT Publications, SELECT PRESENTATIONS AND SELECT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Tolderlund, L. Frederiksen E.,
Frederiksen, B., Jørsboe, F., and Alectia. ‘Green Roofs Analyses for Stormwater
Management, Urban Heat Island and Energy Efficiency for City of Frederiksberg’
(‘Grønne tage og taghaver kombineret med klimatilpasning i form af LAR og
energibesparende tiltag Analyse’. Fall
available at http://www.frederiksberg.dk/groennetage go to: ‘Læs analysen
nd, L., Viitanen, W. Flynt, A. Living Folds.
L., Brunnette, J., .Aldena, C. Illusive Skin.
L. and Rocamore, J.. Digestive Skin.
Green Infrastructure Conference, Nantes, France. Fall 2013. (Published
lund, L., Flinch, H. and Xiaojiao, G. Space as Sponge. World Green Roof Congress, Green
Infrastructure Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fall 2012. (Published
L. Design Guidelines and Maintenance Manual for Green Roofs in the Semi-Arid
and Arid West.
is an important publication because the information is based in large measure
on green roof success in some of the most challenging climate conditions.
contains some break-through information about green roofs impact on Urban Heat
Island Effect and Stormwater Management in this region.
to Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Building and LEED, especially
sustainable sites and livability of urban communities.
L. Scandinavian Design/Danish Feast. Colorado Homes and Lifestyle Magazine. November/December
Fate 2013 National Conference Savannah,
Georgia. “Earthworks: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” – historic and
contemporary earth works. Apr 2013.
Art Museum Denver, Colorado “TURF TALK - 51st Untitled”. Apr 2013.
Indian Council of Architects and Engineers, Denver, Colorado. “Innovative Green
Infrastructures”. Mar 2013.
State University, Ames, Iowa. “Innovative Green Infrastructures”. Mar 2013.
Public Work Association - International Public Works Congress and Exposition,
Denver, Colorado “Green Roofs in the Semi-Arid and Arid West”. Sep 2011.
Annual Green Roof Symposium, Denver, Colorado. “Understanding opportunities and
constraints for green roofs in the arid West - June 2012. “Green Roofs in the
Arid West - June 2011. “Green Roof in the Semi-Arid West - June 2009.
Botanic Gardens. Denver, Colorado - May 2010.
roofs in semi-arid and arid climates” and tour visiting green roofs in Lower
Downtown Denver and Denver metro area for the Denver Metro Mayors Caucus”
Denver, Colorado. “Living
Walls and Green Facades – opportunities and constraints” – February 2011
Roof in the Arid West” Feb 2010. Urban
Drainage and Flood Control District Headquarters. Denver, Colorado - May 2010.
roof tour in Denver Metro Mayors and City of Denver Officials.
of Colorado Boulder. Boulder, Colorado - Fall 2009. “Sustainable Strategies for
Holistic Planning – LID Green roofs design and implementation”
of Colorado Boulder. Boulder, Colorado - Spring 2009. “Green roofs, vertical
gardens, and other living systems”
State University. Fort Collins, Colorado - Spring 2008. “Green roofs, vertical
gardens and other living systems - design and implementation - water
Workshop, Inc. Denver, Colorado – 2006 + 2007. “LEED – Preparation for the LEED
American Society of Landscape Architects. Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Fall 2004.
“Young Professionals Panel” - National selection of 7 young professionals.
SELECT RESEARCH PROJECTS
of Colorado Denver Green Roof Research Project. Senior Instructor + Research
Associate for educational and independent studies for conceptual design, design
development, construction documentation, website design and grant
writing/funding. (2009 - present)
and Research for Integrated Systems
(IRIS). Senior Instructor + Research Associate. Forming and guiding a
trans-disciplinary partnership between University of Colorado Denver’s College
of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Architecture and Planning,
Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) and Urban Drainage and Flood Control
Class Room Green Roof Research Project at UCD. Senior Instructor and Research Associate for PAR collaborative
classes and professional interaction to envision and fund green roof project.
(2011 - present).
Properties, Copenhagen, Denmark: Re-defining
Green Building with Integrated Living Systems– March 2012.
(Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture), University of Illinois.
Green Roofs in the Semi-Arid West to Balance Organic and In-Organic Matter in
Urban Environments” - March 2012
(Danish Institute for Study Abroad), Copenhagen, Denmark: Using Living Systems
to Create Urban Sustainability – June 2012.
Roofs for Healthy Cities, Chicago, Illinois:
Guidelines and Maintenance Manual for Green Roofs in the Semi-Arid West –
Awards, Grants and Recognitions
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD. University of Colorado Denver. 2010
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AWARD. University of Colorado Denver. 2008
AIA (American Institute for Architecture) AIA Fisher’s traveling scholarship – documentation of EXIT, Novisad, Serbia 2006
ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architecture) Design and Planning National Student/Faculty Award 2005
ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architecture) Honor Award 2003
UCD Department of Architecture & Planning award of academic achievement 2001-3
Hideo Sasaki’s National Award of Merit
Americorps National Award of Merit 2002
BHA Design Inc – Outstanding Graduate Landscape Architecture Student 2002
Denver Parade of Homes “Best home of the year”–team 2002
Recent Courses Taught
- LA Design Studio I
- Site Planning
- Advanced Vertical Landscape Architecture Studio
- Sustainable Sites + Integrated Systems
- International Practicum - Denmark, Copenhagen
- Green Roofs, Vertical Gardens and Other Living Systems
- Design Inspiration
Architecture Studio I - first core studio
as Medium; dwells in the middle, the space between theory and practice, drawing
and ground, form and performance, artifact and effect.
include gaining an understanding of 1.What is landscape? 2. What is landscape
architecture and what could it be? And 3.What is the relevance of landscape
architecture in our current cultural situation?
6632 Integrated Cross-Disciplinary Site Planning
to site planning and urban design ethics, including a basic understanding of
site [i.e. place] and the intricacies of form, function, features, networks,
structures and systems.
holistic understanding of site [i.e. place] is used to execute site analysis,
site selection, tease out building and urban design programs, manipulate grade,
drainage and road alignment, and arrive at final site concept proposals.
6700/6701/6607 Advanced Vertical Landscape
Architecture Studios (5+7/6+8)
Advanced vertical studio samples:
Systems City-Nature. Investigating relationships between city and
ground/nature/landscape using biomass (green roofs, vertical gardens and other
living systems) to propose green infrastructure design for an urban infill
development in the inner city of Copenhagen, Denmark. Potentials for a new
‘urban wild’ was explored; a new hybrid nature as partner, neighbor and
provider - human beings considered as resource. Studio abstract accepted at the
2012 World Green Infrastructure Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Building - Living Skin; Using digital fabrication investigations of the
synthesis between landscape and architecture to help facilitate a deeper
understanding of the role living systems play in maximizing the quality of life
in urban areas. Studio abstract accepted at the 2013 World Green Infrastructure
Congress in Nantes, France.
6612 International Urban
Design Studio - Copenhagen Denmark
studio planned for this summer in one of the most progressive parts of the
world + a laboratory of visionary urbanism with sustainable approaches and
innovations as diverse as creating integrated bicycle networks, the
introduction of high quality public space, pedestrian connectivity, design
innovations in architecture and landscape, and industrial re-developments.
and evidence for integration of green infrastructure and renewable energy into
the urban fabric informs the underlying philosophical framework for this
international urban design studio.
and methods for inspiration, editing and refining design ideas.
new and innovative ideas is an essential skill. The ability and efficiency of
getting inspired is a skill you can acquire by consciously practicing
techniques and tools to give you new perspectives and help you leap onto
different idea planes.
Sites + Integrated Systems
of renewable technologies and living systems for architecture situated in
systems such as: LID (Low Impact Development), Green Building, SITES (new
rating system for landscapes), and LEED (Leadership for Energy and
Environmental Design) are used to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussions to
define, evaluate, and place buildings.
Practicum - Copenhagen Denmark
as a hybrid mix of a design studio and a study abroad in collaboration with
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) and developer and owner Carlsberg
Properties, Copenhagen, Denmark. Students selected for this International
study/working internship, worked with local professionals in Urban Planning,
Landscape Architecture and Architecture in Copenhagen.
6712 Green Roofs, Vertical Gardens and Other Living Systems
students a technical understanding of layers, components, benefits, cost and
maintenance of green roof and living wall components. Through a design
proposal, this class furthermore envisions how these living systems can be
incorporated into urban settings.
6686 Green Roofs - Advanced Design, Implementation and
the knowledge and ideas put forth in the basic course mentioned above. This
seminar typically uses a PAR participatory Action Research project
(collaboration with developer, building owner, city, etc) to arrive at a real