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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Jessica Canfield

Jessica CanfieldAssistant Professor
Landscape Architecture and
Regional & Community Planning

2103 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-3852


Curriculum Vitae


Jessica Canfield joined Kansas State University as an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in 2009. She holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a BSLA from Colorado State University. Prior to teaching she worked professionally for AECOM, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, and Martha Schwartz Partners. Jessica focuses her practice, teaching, and research around improving the social dimensions and environmental performance of urban public space. She is particularly interested in the concept of landscape performance and the relationship between how a landscape looks and how it functions. She has been twice awarded research fellowships from the Landscape Architecture Foundation to develop case studies of high-performance sites. Jessica is especially passionate about teaching en plein air, and has led study-tours in China, New York, and Scandinavia.  Her students’ work has been recognized regionally and nationally, and her dedication to teaching afforded her the Mary Jarvis Emerging Faculty of Distinction in Landscape Architecture Award in 2012, and the McElwee Faculty Teaching Award in 2013.