Blake Belanger, PLA, ASLA
Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning
1091 Seaton Hall | 920C N. Martin King Jr. Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-5961
Blake Belanger, PLA, ASLA is a landscape architect and urban designer with over twenty years of combined experience in professional practice and academia. While in professional practice, Professor Belanger’s work centered on urban design, community planning, civic space and parks, and site planning at a variety of scales. He joined Kansas State University in 2007, where he teaches design studios, theory and research seminars, foundational lecture courses, and serves on graduate student advisory committees. He has led or co-led service-learning projects with communities in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado, resulting in multiple student awards from regional chapters of ASLA and APA. Professor Belanger has been recognized with numerous teaching awards, including the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award (junior level), the College of Architecture Planning and Design McElwee Teaching Award, the Mary Jarvis Emerging Faculty of Distinction in Landscape Architecture, and three Kansas State University Academic Excellence Awards. Professor Belanger holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University and a dual Master’s of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Colorado at Denver, where he graduated with honors and was lead designer for the winning team of the 2005 ULI / Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition.
Professor Belanger’s scholarship focuses on urban resilience, graphic representation, and the creative design process. His most recent publication, Situating Eidetic Photomontage in Contemporary Landscape Architecture (Belanger and Urton 2014) presents a framework for understanding the role of – and potential for – photomontage in landscape architectural design process and communication. He is currently writing a manuscript about graphic communication techniques used by winning teams of the Rebuild by Design competition, and their design strategies to strengthen urban resilience. In spring 2016 Professor Belanger began teaching Unlocking Creativity, a university-wide elective designed to equip students with methods for generating creative ideas and the confidence to find their inherent genius.