Research


Lake Douglas, PhD, FASLA, PLA, is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and Associate Dean of Research and Development for the College of Art & Design. On sabbatical from LSU in fall 2016, he will visit several Design Workshop offices in November as part of a research effort to understand how writing interfaces with professional design practice. See the faculty-in-residence page for more about the program.


In the course of our work, we have identified a number of areas where additional research would be beneficial to advance the profession. We actively seek partnerships with faculty, design school studios and graduate student researchers to advance knowledge through research in the context of our projects.

  • Permeable paving and stormwater treatment in mountain climates
  • Rain garden and green roof solutions in mountain climates
  • Native landscapes versus manicured landscapes—measuring performance and perception in new communities
  • Water conservation and new communities
  • Urban wildlife and new communities
  • Methods for evaluating aesthetics
  • Green infrastructure systems
  • Transformation without growth: addressing the challenges of the shrinking city
  • Art and landscape architecture—What is the role of art in design?
  • Open space as a framework for planning
  • Urban agriculture and community gardens
  • Recycled materials
  • Hedonic value—The impacts of open space on property values
  • Agricultural preservation and agri-tourism
  • Urban ecology
  • Carbon neutral solutions on a large regional scale
  • Zero net energy solutions on a regional scale
  • Measuring urban heat island effect at a site level
  • Urban rebranding
  • Changes in parking standards with increased mass transportation options and energy-efficient cars
  • Relationship between traffic volume, traffic speed, on-street parking and retail success
  • User analysis and ski village design
  • Redevelopment and real estate values
  • Outdoor advertising, community values and real estate
  • Regional architecture and its effect on real estate value
  • Green versus brown—user perceptions and quality of design