Landscape Architecture College of Design

David Pitt


Co-editor, Landscape Journal

  • MLA, University of Massachussetts
  • Ph.D, University of Arizona

David Pitt has worked with The Metropolitan Council, the McKnight Foundation, and the UMN Center for Urban and Regional Affairs to develop a landscape assessment process that local governments can use to facilitate smart growth in an environmentally responsible way. With several UMN colleagues, Professor Pitt is developing a systemic approach to GeoDesign, which integrates spatiotemporal modeling of landscape performance. A recent grant from the USDA-Conservation Innovation Grant program facilitates application of this work to the collaborative design of multifunctional landscapes in the Minnesota River valley. With internal UMN funding, Pitt and his colleagues are constructing a GeoDesign decision lab to examine the ways in which the presentation of information, group dynamics, and social and individual learning affect outcomes of landscape planning decision making. Professor Pitt holds adjunct appointments on the faculties of Urban and Regional Planning as well as Forest Resources, and is a member of the Graduate Faculty in Water Resources Science.


  • Co-editor, Landscape Journal
  • 2012. Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
  • 2003. Outstanding Educator Award. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.
  • 1989. ASLA Merit Award for production of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service videotape entitled A Management Plan for Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge.
  • 1984. ASLA Merit Award for chapter contributed to publication entitled, Energy Conserving Site Design.


  • Jordan, Nick, Carissa Schively Slotterback, Valentine Cadieux, David Mulla, David G. Pitt, Laura Schmitt Olabisi, and Jin-Oh Kim. 2011. TMDL implementation in agricultural landscapes: A systemic and communicative approach. Environmental Management 48: 1–12.
  • van Marwijk, Ramona B.M., Birgit H.M. Elands, Jarl K. van Kampen, Sander Terlouw, David G. Pitt, and Paul Opdam. 2011. Public perceptions of the attractiveness of restored nature. Restoration Ecology (in press, published on-line 8/24/11).
  • Schively Slotterback, Carissa, David G. Pitt, and Julie Quinn. 2011. Integrating Stakeholder Values in Collaborative Land Use Planning for Metropolitan Area Edge Communities. CURA Reporter 41(2): 1–14.
  • Jochem, Rene, Ramona van Marwijk, Rogier Pouwels, and David G. Pitt. 2007. MASOOR: Modeling the transaction of people and environment on dense trail networks in natural resource settings. In Monitoring, Simulation and Management of Visitor Landscapes, ed. Randy Gimblett and Hans Skov-Petersen, 269–293. Arizona: University of Arizona Press.
  • Pitt, David G. and Bart Richardson. 2004. Understanding the Picturesque nature of the Lower St. Croix National Scenic and Recreational Riverway: The integrated use of historical and survey research and geographic information systems technology. Landscape Review 9(1): 188–192.


  • Salevich Foundation and Institute on Environment. Monitoring and modeling.
  • Moving Communities Forward. American Institute of Architects and University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies
  • State of Minnesota Conservation Plan. Transportation sub-section [with James Barton]


  • LA3004: Regional Landscape Planning
  • LA5202: Landscape Analysis Workshop
  • PA 8201: Environment and Infrastructure Planning