Landscape Architecture College of Design




Assistant Professor Matthew Tucker cv

  • BLA, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies (double major), Iowa State University
  • MLA with distinction, Harvard University


Native to the Loess Hills bioregion of western Iowa, Matthew is a designer with a strong background in ecologically and culturally sensitive site design that is informed by the changing patterns and processes of place. With nearly two decades of experience on complex projects, his professional work has focused upon damaged, post-industrial urban sites, manufactured urban ecology and hydrology, and the professional practice and application of sustainable design and construction principles. He has worked on projects of varying scale and scope throughout the Midwest, southeast and east coast and on 25 different rivers in the United States. He was the former Director of Design and Principal at Conservation Design Forum and was a Senior Associate at the Cambridge, MA office of Hargreaves Associates.

Professor Tucker’s professional and scholarly interests concern the emerging Anthropocene paradigm as a driver of change in 21st-century design pedagogy and practice. Current research concerns exploration of emerging socio-ecological narratives of the Anthropocene and the articulation of new lexicon of nature, which he refers to as Nature 3.x. This work includes the examination of new theories of human-environment relationships emerging from the humanities and the sciences and their potential application to design through such concepts as post-natural environmentalism, manufactured ecologies, landscape prosthesis, novel ecosystems, bluespace and other related concepts. His research involves traditional forms of scholarship as well as speculative design proposals and photo and video documentation of highly altered landscapes.

He advises graduate students and teaches research seminars and lectures on the intersection of contemporary design theory, the social and physical construction of postnatural landscapes and potential applications in professional practice. A centerpiece of his instruction is an award-winning, post-industrial urbanism graduate studio that examines issues of massive change associated with Anthropocene futures. In recognition of his teaching excellence, he received the UMN College of Design’s Teaching Award for 2015-16.

For more information on his work, please see his website at


Teaching Experience

  • University of Minnesota
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Illinois

Professional Experience


2016 UMN College of Design Teaching Award

2016 UMN Lillian H. Williams Award (2015-16 College of Design Diversity Committee)

2016 Minnesota ASLA Merit Award for Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now

2016 Minnesota ASLA Merit Award for Kenosha: Duwamish, Seattle, WA

2014 Minnesota American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for Winona+Riverfront Vision Plan, Winona, MN

2013 Minnesota American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Award, Award of Excellence for LA8201: EverywhereNowhere: Duwamish, Seattle, WA

2013 Maryland and Potomac American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for Long Bridge Park, Arlington, VA (with Hargreaves Associates)

2013 Urban Land Institute’s Open Space Award International Finalist, Cumberland Park, Nashville, TN (with Hargreaves Associates)

2012 American Institute of Architects Merit Award: Tennessee Chapter, Cumberland Park, Nashville, TN (with Hargreaves Associates)

2009 American Institute of Architects Honor Award of Excellence, Florida Chapter. South Pointe Park [with Hargreaves Associates]

2009 American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter Merit Award. Queens Botanical Garden Visitor Administration Center [with CDF]

2008 American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects Award, Queens Botanic Garden [with CDF]

2004 US EPA and New York City Green Building Design Award, Queens Botanic Garden [with CDF]

2004 US EPA Urban Conservation Award, Humboldt Park Prairie Stream [with CDF]

2003 American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter Merit Award, Queens Botanic Garden [with CDF]

2003 American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter President’s Award, Chicago River Master Plan [with CDF]

2001 Boston Society of Landscape Architects Merit Planning Award, Detroit Riverfront [with Harvard Graduate School of Design]

2001 American Society of Landscape Architects Certificate of Merit, Harvard University

2001 Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship, Finalist, Harvard University

1995 American Society of Landscape Architects Certificate of Honor, Iowa State University


Conference Papers (selected)

2016 Rust Belts and Wild Lands: The Anthropocene paradigm as conceptual framework for multi-functional novel ecosystem reserves on derelict urban sites

Ecological Society of America Annual Conferenc, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2016 Into the Anthropocene: A Provocation for 21st Century Landscape Architecture

CELA, Salt Lake City, UT (abstract accepted; unable to attend).

2015 Nature 3.x

Nature3.x: Where is Nature Now? Symposium University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Studies, Minneapolis, MN

2015 Dredging dredging

Dredgefest: Great Lakes, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2013 Nature 3.x:  Emerging Paradigms in Landscape Architecture

Florida International University, Miami, FL

2013 Nature 3.x: The Changing Nature Paradigm and its Emergence in the Public Realm

Earth Perfect Symposium, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2012 Natives and the Post-Industrial Site

Panel discussion at the American Society for Landscape Architects Convention, Phoenix, Arizona.


  • LA3514/5514 Making the Mississippi

  • LA4002 Implementation of Sustainable Landscape Design and Planning Practices

  • LA5202 Landscape Analysis Workshop - Itasca

  • LA8201 Anthropocene Futures

  • LA8775 Advanced Topics in Landscape Architecture Infrastructure and Systems

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