Susan Dieterlen RLA PhD
Researcher, author, and teacher
environment| immigration | justcity | wellbeing
urban disinvestment | nature
I’m a researcher and designer, focused on sustainability, clean energy, and how people interact with environments. I’m the author of Design by Deficit: Neglect and the Accidental City (forthcoming) and Immigrant Pastoral: Midwestern Landscapes and Mexican-American Neighborhoods (2015). I also write for scholarly and trade audiences, as well as blog about the unraveling city on City Wild.
I’m captivated by big ideas and how they shape a given square foot of ground. During my years in professional practice, I designed ordinary places for real life, and now I’m interested in how this kind of place connects to the larger world. Currently this interest is focused on the complex problems of ordinary places transformed by the transition to a global economy.
I’m active in bicycle-pedestrian advocacy and I regularly teach at the university level. I’ve been a registered landscape architect since 2001.