Ellen Burke, PLA, LEED AP

Position Associate Professor of Sustainability in the Built Environment
Phone 805.756.2813
Email eburke02@calpoly.edu
Office 34-214
Office Hours

On Sabbatical Winter & Spring 2024

Areas of Expertise

Sustainable Design
Digital Representation
Urban Ecologies
Interdisciplinary Design
Productive Landscapes

Faculty Biography

Ellen Burke is a landscape architect whose practice and research focuses on resilience and regeneration in urban contexts, including food systems, novel ecologies, landscape performance technologies, and community-based environmental justice projects. Trained as a landscape architect, and as an artist, she has an interest in exploring non-normative modes of practice, and believes landscape architecture is a medium for re-establishing connections between people and the land. She currently teaches theory, representation and design studio courses.

She holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from Vassar College.

Ellen previously was an associate at SWA Group, where she worked on a range of projects including the Palo Alto Art Center and the master plan for an 1,800 acre agro-ecological community in Stockton, CA; she currently maintains her own design practice, Grow City Studio. Her research investigations have been funded by Art Place America and the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

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