322 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210
- Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
For more information about me, my teaching, research, and students, including information for prospective students:
Direct link to LSA 650: People in the Environment (Behavioral Factors of Community Design) resources:
Direct link to LSA 496-2/696-8: City Wild Seminar resources:
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Area of Specialization
My research contributes the landscape to dialogues concerning larger demographic, economic, and societal issues, often seen as beyond the realm of landscape architectural interests. As the context for all human endeavor, the physical environment in which people live wields a subtle but all-pervasive influence in non-spatial research about people and communities. Without the landscape, the picture is incomplete.
Current projects include crafting publications based on my findings regarding Mexican-American neighborhood landscapes in the non-metro Midwest and the consistent difference in spatial equality and physical landscapes between small cities with newly formed Mexican-American communities and similar cities with Mexican-American communities founded fifty or more years ago. While continuing to study immigrant landscapes, I am also developing new work concerning equitable access to parks in postindustrial cities. I remain fascinated by the impacts of globalization and deindustrialization on communities and their environments.
Doctor of Philosophy in Landscape Architecture (August 2009)
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dissertation title: Mexican-American Landscapes in Small Midwestern Cities: Mixed Methods Development of a Typology. Full text available at: http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/64704
Master of Landscape Architecture (December 2004)
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Thesis title: Culture on Display: An Analysis of Front Yard Landscapes and Latino Ethnicity in Adrian, Michigan, and Logansport, Indiana
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (May 1996)
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Junior Year Abroad at the Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Landscape Architectural Practice
- Indiana Professional Landscape Architect License held since 2001
- Principal, Prologue Landscape (2009-Present, 2000-2002)
Project Designer, Claire Bennett Associates (1999-2000)
Graduate Landscape Architect, Schmidt Associates (1997-1999)
Staff Landscape Architect, M.C. Smith Associates (1996-1997)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Landscape Architect Intern, Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc. (1994-1995)
- LSA 650 - “People in the Environment (Behavioral Factors of Community Design)”
- LSA 496-2/696-8: "City Wild Seminar: Abandonment, Invasives, and Losing Control"
- LSA 640 - "Research Methodology
- LSA 326 - “Design Studio I” (junior BLA studio focusing on site inventory and analysis)
- LSA 327 - "Design Studio II" (junior BLA studio)
- LSA 422 - "Design Studio III" (senior BLA studio focusing on detailed site design)
- LSA 423 - "Design Studio IV” (senior BLA studio focusing on construction documents)
- LSA 620 - "Design Studio II" (second-year MLA studio)
Dieterlen, Susan. (2012). "The Workers' Camp versus Main Street: Then and Now in the Mexican-American Neighborhoods of the Non-Metro Midwest." Journal of Urbanism 5(2/3): 171-191.
Full text available at:
Dieterlen, Susan. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Latina/o Landscape Types in the Midwest” (abstract accepted and manuscript in review at Journal of Urbanism).
Dieterlen, Susan. Mexican-Americans and Midwestern Neighborhoods: Land of Hope, Landscape of Home (research monograph under contract; in preparation).
Recent Conference Presentations
For full listing, please see my CV (link above)
* denotes student author
Dieterlen, Susan, and Meghan Holtan*. (2013) “Parsing Wildness: Parks in the Shrinking City.” Abstract for paper presentation published in Space, Time, Place, Duration: Proceeedings of the 2013 Annual Conference of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.
Dieterlen, Susan. (2013) “Constructing Wildness: Parks in the Shrinking City.” Poster presentation at 44th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).
Dieterlen, Susan. (2013) “Landscape as Lens: Space in Multidisciplinary Research.” Invited lecture at “Landscape Across the Disciplines” symposium, SUNY Buffalo.
Dieterlen, Susan. (2012) “Twenty-First Century Frontier: Immigration, Mexican-Americans, and the Landscape of the Non-Metro Midwest.” Abstract for paper presentation published in Finding Center: Landscape + Values: Proceedings of the 2012 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Conference.
Dieterlen, Susan. (2011) “Types as Research Method: Classifying Midwestern Mexican-American Landscapes.” Abstract for paper presentation invited for “Place Types I: In Research and Design Analysis” symposium, in Make No Little Plans: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association.
Dieterlen, Susan, Willow Lung Amam, and Paula Villagra-Islas. (2011) “Multicultural Landscapes: Findings from the EDRA40 Workshop and Strategies for Inclusive Design Research and Practice.” Abstract for paper presentation published in Make No Little Plans: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association.
Dieterlen, Susan. (2010) “Neighborhood Landscape Fragmentation and Urban Revitalization: Mexican-Americans in Lansing, Michigan.” Abstract for paper presentation published in Policy and the Environment: Establishing Ground Rules through Environmental Design Research, Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association.
Dieterlen, Susan. (2010) “The Types Framework in the Study of Midwestern Mexican-American Landscapes.” Abstract for paper presentation invited for “Place Types I: Categories for Making and Understanding the World” symposium, in Policy and the Environment: Establishing Ground Rules through Environmental Design Research, Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association.