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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 is a licensed landscape architect who 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 Martha Schwartz Partners, EDAW/AECOM, and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. 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 landscapes look and function. She has been awarded multiple fellowships from the Landscape Architecture Foundation to develop case studies of high-performance sites and to co-author a guidebook on landscape performance metrics. Most recently she has begun investigations of emerging materials technologies and the performative role surface plays in built environments. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Mary K. Jarvis Distinguished Chair to support ongoing research efforts. Jessica is especially passionate about teaching en plein air, and has led study-tours in China, Scandinavia, Boston and New York. Her students’ work has been recognized with regional and national awards. Her dedication to teaching afforded her the 2014 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Excellence in Design Studio Teaching, Junior Level Award; the McElwee Faculty Teaching Award in 2013; and, the Jarvis Emerging Faculty of Distinction in Landscape Architecture Award in 2012.