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Drake, Susannah Associate Professor



research overview

  • The introduction of water systems, transportation systems, and modern communication networks transformed the United States. However, this infrastructure has divided communities, bisected habitats, and interfered with migration routes. With awareness focusing on green infrastructure, environmental justice, and the renewal of natural habitats, my research explores ideas about how to reconnect communities, catalyze social and environmental justice, and promote invention and development of new energy and transit models.


  • Resilient design, coastal urbanism, green infrastructure, urban and regional planning related to climate change, migration, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, ecological design, environmental justice, brownfield and EPA super fund remediation, reclamation, public space



courses taught

  • ARCH 2100 - Studio 1: Foundations of Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    The beginning of the architectural specialization sequence, this course introduces students to the basic strategies and techniques of architectural design. This studio focuses on concepts of medium-scale building design, siting, and climate. Through multiple design exercises, students learn how these factors assist in shaping buildings. Recommended corequisite: ENVD 2115.
  • ARCH 3100 - Studio 2: Intermediate Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Dealing with problems at an intermediate level of complexity this architecture studio emphasizes the interaction of form, programmatic use, human behavior and context in creating structure. Studio options may include a client-based community engaged project, real world applications, and/or result in a physical product. Students work across analog and digital platforms to produce high quality and portfolio-worthy work.
  • ENVD 1002 - Technology 1: Applications for Environmental Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces technological competencies to support studio work including design representation and presentation. Students develop fundamental competencies in sketching, graphic design, file management and 3D modeling.
  • ENVD 1030 - Studio 1: Introduction to Landscape Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    The third of four introductory studios exposes students to concepts and strategies inherent to the practice of landscape architecture. Students analyze and design ecological related systems within an urban context in this immersive studio environment.
  • ENVD 2003 - Ecological Systems in Design
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Introduces the essential principles and concepts of ecology as they relate to the design and understanding of the built environment. Students explore interactions between people and nature, the design of resilient ecological systems and ways that the built world is influenced by its environment.
  • ENVD 4363 - Special Topics: Physical Factors in Environmental Design
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Includes such topics as appropriate technology, public policy and natural hazards, organization of the designing and building process, and physical elements of urban development.
  • LAND 3100 - Studio 2: Intermediate Landscape Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Building on skills established in Studio A, this studio advances the understanding of the practice of landscape architecture by incorporating projects through community engagement or other real-world applications. This studio builds on the digital technologies and drawing and graphic communication skills.
  • LAND 4100 - Capstone in Landscape Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Building on skills established in Studio B, the studio refines the student's practice of landscape architecture through a design-build project or other applied, hands-on design project. The studio introduces critical concepts, strategies and advanced technical skills in order to address the pressing issues that can be addressed through landscape architecture.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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