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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Lee Skabelund, ASLA

Lee Skabelund, ASLAAssociate Professor
Landscape Architecture and
Regional & Community Planning

3004 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-2431


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Curriculum Vitae


Lee R. Skabelund, ASLA, Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture / Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University, has taught courses in Landscape Ecology, Land Analysis & Site Planning, Environmental Issues & Ethics, Planting Design, Research Methods, Natural Systems and Site Analysis, Natural Resources & Environmental Science, Ecological Planning, Design & Management, Landscape Architecture Design Studios, and Environmental Impact Assessment.

I have worked in both public and private practice, and of particular note, led work on the following planning/design efforts: Ecological Restoration and Construction Administration at Furstenberg Nature Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the Sustainable Development of Forestlands Project in Southwest Virginia and Tom’s Creek Riparian Restoration Project in Blacksburg, Virginia; and the Kansas State University Stormwater Management Project (ongoing).

I received a BLA from the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at Utah State University in Logan, Utah and an MLA from the School of Natural Resources & Environment at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I worked as a planner/designer for the US Forest Service; Johnson, Johnson & Roy (an interdisciplinary environmental, landscape architecture, engineering and land planning firm); and Pollack Design Associates (landscape architecture/ planning).

Community service-learning projects at Virginia Tech and Kansas State University (including the awardwinning KSU-ISC Rain-Garden Project and several other design-build projects) have been a significant part of my focus as a scholar and educator. I regularly advise students, residents, landscape architects, planners, engineers, and local officials on topics related to landscape ecology, environmental planning/design, ecological restoration, and water sensitive site planning, design and development.

Publications include:

  • “Monitoring Native Plant Survival, Stormwater Runoff & Other Variables on a Small Integrated Green Roof System at Kansas State University – with Implications for Facilities Planning/Design & Management.” Refereed abstract accepted for oral presentation at the 2012 CELA Conference. U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. March 29, 2012. L.R. Skabelund (lead author), with C. Blocksome, M. Knapp, S. Hutchinson & R. Janke.
  • “Prairie-based Green Roofs: Literature, Templates and Analogs.” Journal of Green Building. Vol. 7 No. 1: 143-172 (Winter 2012). R.K. Sutton, J.A. Harrington, L.R. Skabelund, P. MacDonagh, R.R. Coffman & G. Koch. http://dx.doi.org/10.3992/jgb.7.1.143
  • “Turning a Corner: Kansas State University Seeks to Meaningfully Address Green Building and the Sustainable Use of Energy and Resources on Campus and in the Broader Community.” Journal of Green Building. Vol. 7 No. 1: 34-66 (November 2010). L.R. Skabelund (lead author), with R.T. Gabbard, B.G. Anderson, B.L. Champion. http://dx.doi.org/10.3992/jgb.5.4.34
  • “Kansas State University Seaton Hall Green Roof Demonstration and Research Project.” Refereed abstract accepted for oral presentation at the Environmental Design Research Association, EDRA 41 Conference: Policy & The Environment. Washington, DC. June 5, 2010. Skabelund, L.R. (sole author).
  • “Successful Ecological Restoration: A Framework for Planning/Design Professionals.” Peer-reviewed paper. American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS). Washington, DC. December 2008; Skabelund, L.R. (lead author), with M. Kondolf, C.W. Johnson, A. Bukojemsky. Available online at: http://asla.org/ContentDetail.aspx?id=1064&PageTitle=Professional Practice&RMenuId=58
  • “New River Parkway, West Virginia – A Scenic Roadway/Greenway Case Study.” Peer-reviewed paper accepted for oral presentation at the “Fábos Landscape Planning and Greenway Symposium.” Amherst, MA. March 31, 2007. Skabelund, L.R. (sole author). www.umass.edu/greenway/fabos/ (abstract). Paper and Powerpoint presentation published on symposium CDs.