Landscape Architecture College of Design

Faculty

Professor John Koepke

email: koepk002@umn.edu

Projects

  • BLA, University of Minnesota
  • MLA, University of Washington

John has over 35 years of professional experience in both private practice and academia.  Along with his full-time responsibilities as a Professor in our Department he is a Principal in the firm Urban Ecosystems.  Because of his Ojibwe heritage, John has always had a significant interest in both Native American Cultures and environmental science.  This has led him to conduct landscape-based research on ancient Native American sites and work with tribal and other communities in pursuing teaching and design opportunities that focus on cultural interpretation, environmental education, ecological restoration and reclamation.  He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses that focus on integrating ecological principles with artistic design thinking.  Along with teaching studios he leads courses in construction technology and graphic representation.

His latest research, undertaken with co-principal investigator, Christine Carlson, Senior Research Fellow, focuses on the Laurentian Vision Partnership, a long-term project on the Mesabi Iron Range that promotes sustainable mining and the reshaping of mining sites into productive future landscapes.

Professional Experience

Urban Ecosystems, Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Jones and Jones, Seattle.

Charles Tooker, City and Town Planning, Minneapolis.

James Robin and Bob Close Landscape Architects, Minneapolis.

Recognition

 

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Outstanding Administrator Award

Illinois State Historical Society’s Book of the Year Award. Envisioning Cahokia: A Landscape Interpretation [with Rinita Dalan, George Holley, Harold Watters and William Woods].

Northshore Mining Company: Peter Mitchell Pit Landscape Framework Plan with M. Christine Carlson, et al., American Society of Landscape Architects, Minnesota Chapter Planning Merit Award

Mined Lands: A Field Guide, with M. Christine Carlson American Society of Landscape Architects, Minnesota Chapter Communications Honor Award

American Society of Landscape Architects, Minnesota Chapter Merit Award. Cannon Valley Trail Master Plan.

American Society of Landscape Architects, Minnesota Chapter Lob Pine Award. Recipients have demonstrated exemplary leadership and mentorship for our landscape architecture community over an extended period of time. The award is named after prominent pine trees that were trimmed to create distinct visual reference points for early voyagers in the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada.

Publications

Invited book review of Hopewell Ceremonial Landscapes of Ohio: More than Mounds and Geometric Earthworks by Mark J. Lynott. 2014.  Oxbow Books United Kingdom and Havertown, PA, USA. Landscape Journal, in press, spring 2016 issue

Carlson, M. Christine, John Koepke, and Mirja Hansen. 2011. From Pits and Piles to Lakes and Landscapes: Rebuilding Minnesota’s Industrial Landscape Using a Transdisciplinary Approach. Landscape Journal 30 (1): 35–52

Koepke, John. 2007. Myths and Realities of Ecology, Design, and Ecosystem Health in the Metropolitan Landscape. Landscape Journal 26 (1): 175–176

Koepke, John. 2005. Redefining Best Practice in Indian Country. Progressive Planning 164 [Summer]. 27–28.

Koepke, John, and George Holley. 2004. Harmony in the Cahokian World. In A Deep-Time Perspective: Studies in Symbols, Meaning, and the Archaeological Record, Papers in Honor of Robert L. Hall, Melvin Fowler and John Richards, eds. Special Issue of The Wisconsin Archeologist 84 (1–2): 155–164.

Koepke, John, and Christine Carlson. 2004. Green Infrastructure: A Strategic Approach to Conserving and Restoring Natural Habitats and Functions in Urbanizing Areas-Case Study: Laurentian Vision, Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota. In the Society for Ecological Restoration Conference Proceedings.

Koepke, John, and Rinita Dalan, George Holley, Harold Watters, and William Woods. 2003. Envisioning Cahokia: A Landscape Interpretation. Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press.

Conference Papers

  • Bird, Jeff and Chad Freeland, Northshore Mining Company; Christine Carlson and L. Peter MacDonagh.  2014. (Koepke was scheduled to present but do to a medical emergency L. Peter MacDonagh replaced him) Northshore Mining Company: Peter Mitchell Pit Landscape Framework Plan. Society for Mining Engineers Conference, Duluth, MN
  • Koepke, John. 2007. The Laurentian Vision: Transforming Pits and Piles into Lakes and Landscapes Regenerating Minnesota’s Industrial Region. American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Joint Administrators Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Koepke, John. 2005. Caution: Approaching Indian Country? Indigenous Peoples for the Planners Network Design Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Koepke, John. 2004. Green Infrastructure: A Strategic Approach to Conserving and Restoring Natural Habitats and Functions in Urbanizing Areas-Case Study: Laurentian Vision, Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota. Society for Ecological Restoration Conference. Victoria, BC, Canada.

Grants

  • 2015. Institute for the Environment. GIDAAZHOGANIKEMIN-WE MAKE A BRIDGE
  • 2012. Iron Range Resources Board. Phase II Landscape Design Plan for Peter Mitchell Mine, Northshore Mining Company [with Christine Carlson].
  • 2011. Iron Range Resources Board. Landscape Design Plan for Peter Mitchell Mine, Northshore Mining Company [with Christine Carlson].
  • 2010. Iron Range Resources Board. Hibbing Taconite/University of Minnesota Innovation Project [with Christine Carlson].
  • 2009 Iron Range Resources Board. United Tac/KeeTac/U of M Innovation Project [with Christine Carlson].
  • 2007 Iron Range Resources Board. Mine Engineer training through the Laurentian Vision Partnership [with Christine Carlson].
  • 2005 Iron Range Resources Board. Laurentian Vision Coordination and Publication [with Christine Carlson].
  • 2002 State of Minnesota Legislative Appropriation. The Laurentian Vision [with Christine Carlson].
  • 2001 Blandin Foundation. The Laurentian Vision [with Christine Carlson].

Courses

 

LA1301. Introduction to Landscape Architecture Drawing

LA5202. Landscape Analysis Workshop [Lake Itasca]

LA5203. Ecological Dimensions of Space Making

LA 5771/3571. Landscape Technology I

LA 8555. Capstone Studio

 

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