Sara Hadavi, Ph.D.
Landscape Architecture &
Regional and Community Planning
1096 Seaton Hall
920 N 17th St
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-5961 Dept Office
I entered the field of landscape design about two decades ago. I got my bachelor’s in Landscape Design, and my Master’s in Environmental Design in Iran. Then I worked with a wide range of planning and design firms as a freelance designer for about five years. Afterwards, I got my Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and my MLA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the K-State community, I taught at the Department of Landscape Architecture, and did research at the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois.
I am interested in translational design of everyday urban landscapes through interdisciplinary work, linking environmental psychology, planning and design. My past research focused on understanding the role of the physical attributes of the environment on people's use patterns, satisfaction, and wellbeing from a designer's perspective. I have explored people's needs and preferences that can be addressed through planning and design in order to create restorative environments in urban areas. You can find my publications here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=g74JR2cAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
In my current research project, I am investigating the associations between greening vacant lots in residential areas, the visual quality of the neighborhoods, and changes in crime rate.