Dr. Dennis, currently Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department, is an associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and director of the Environmental Design Laboratory. As a geographer and landscape architect, his research focuses on understanding and creating environments that support human health and well-being, especially for young people. He is particularly interested in the role urban open spaces play in preventing chronic disease. Although he continues to pursue his early interest in the social construction of landscape meaning, his current research engages communities in assessing and improving their neighborhoods through participatory research, planning and design.
-landscape, health and well-being
-social dimensions of environmental design at all scales
-children, youth and families and the built environment
-community design, planning and development
-nature-based play and education