Merlyn Paulson

Merlyn Paulson

FASLA, Professor Emeritus

Merlyn James Paulson, FASLA, Professor Emeritus, Founding Faculty in Landscape Architecture (1975-2018), mentored students’ sequential learning experiences centered in drawing, painting, digital methods, garden design, geographic information systems, and environmental planning.


His research explored site- and regional-scale analysis methods and decision making in valued ecologies and diverse places throughout the USA. He conducted 111 pro bono service projects in Colorado and held consultancies with 19 firms and agencies, internationally, contributing to hundreds of projects ranging from garden design and recreation area design and planning to flood recovery, ecological restoration, renewable energy storage, solar, and offshore-onshore wind.

These practice and research experiences, including the Coastal Zone of Alaska, Bears Ears National Monument, and Flight-93 National Memorial Park, continuously evolved teaching methods and student learning, motivated by the need for graduates to become skills-based professionals.

Merlyn Paulson on a camel in Giza pyramids


He was named among 75 influential alumni/ae on the 100th Anniversary of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design and received the first CSU Alumni Association Honor Faculty Award in the Warner College of Natural Resources.