Landscape Architecture College of Design


Adjunct Professor Pat Nunnally

  • MA English, Vanderbilt University
  • MA American Studies, University of Iowa
  • Ph.D American Studies, University of Iowa
  • MSLA, University of Minnesota

For over two decades, Patrick Nunnally’s work has focused on understanding and enhancing the connections that people and communities have with places they value. As a teacher, program designer, researcher, and practitioner, Nunnally has integrated knowledge drawn from social and natural sciences with artistic forms of community expression. His work at the University of Minnesota has emphasized community engagement in teaching and program development, and emerging use of social media to share knowledge across disparate academic disciplines and professional practices. More information about the program can be found at

Professional Experience

  • Coordinator, River Life (formerly Mississippi River Initiative), an interdisciplinary, multi-collegiate program that strengthens the connections between the University of Minnesota and communities engaged in river sustainability.
  • 2001–2005. Mississippi River Trail, Inc. Executive Director of 10-state nonprofit organization that coordinates bicycle trail development and promotion along the Mississippi River.
  • 1998–2005. Project Director, regional communication and interpretive projects that develop partnerships with communities and organizations throughout the Upper Mississippi River region.
  • 1998–2001. University of Minnesota, senior staff at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs under a grant from the McKnight Foundation to facilitate communication among cities on the Upper Mississippi.
  • 2001–2003. Research historian and interpretive planner, Interpretive Plan development, Skyline Parkway (Duluth, MN).
  • 2002. Study Leader, Fall Foliage Along the Upper Mississippi, excursion sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.
  • 2001. Researcher, Great River Road Interpretive Plan Development.


  • Nunnally, Patrick. 2011. The City, The River, The Bridge: Before and After the I-35W Bridge Collapse. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Nunnally, Patrick. 2004. The picturesque Mississippi. In Grand Geographical Excursions, eds. Curtis C. and Elizabeth M. Roseman, 75–86. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press.
  • Nunnally, Patrick. 2003. Settlement and urban residential development along the River, 1841–1950. In River of History: A Historic Resources Study of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, ed. John Anfinson, 163–177. Washington DC: US Army Corps of Engineers.

Conference Papers

  • 2006. Continuity and Change: St. Paul’s Mississippi River Since the Time of HWS Cleveland. Paper presented at the conference of the American Society for Environmental History, St. Paul, MN.
  • 2002. Celebration History. Organizer, chair, and panelist, Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE.
  • 2001. Telling a Region’s Stories: Interpretation and Education Programs in the Upper Mississippi River. Paper presented at Fillmore Mississippi Heritage Conference, St. Paul, MN.
  • 2000. Imagine the River: Collaborative Strategies in Interpretive Planning. Paper presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, January 2000.


  • LA3002. Informants of Creating Landscape Space
  • LA3571/5571. Landform Systems and Spatial Performance
  • LA5201. Making Landscape Spaces and Types
  • LA8201. Designing Landscapes for Dwelling and Settlement
  • LA8555. Advanced Landscape Planning and Design
  • LA8575. The Art and Ecology of Landscape Detail
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