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Lori Catalano, Associate Professor

Natural and Environmental Sciences Building, Room B106


Lori Catalano’s background in professional practice and her teaching experience are closely linked. She is a licensed and practicing landscape architect in Colorado and an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University. Prior to teaching, she designed and managed projects ranging from small private spaces to large master plans for parks and college campuses with both public and private clients resulting in several Colorado ASLA awards. As an experienced teacher, her research and creative work are closely related to and integrated with her teaching. Her research topics include — designing meaningful learning outcomes — shifting design education from the paradigm of “teaching” to that of “learning”, sculpting the ground as a design strategy, a new planting aesthetic for the arid West, and meaningful community engagement. These topics directly relate to her experience in both teaching and practice; she is compelled to integrate her knowledge, experience, and passion with the desire to inspire students to address challenges associated with the environment and society.



  • LAND 240 – Fundamentals of Landscape Design Process
  • LAND 360 – Basic Landscape Design and Construction
  • LAND 368 – Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation
  • LAND 495a – Independent Study: Drawing the Landscape
  • LAND 496 – Horticulture and Design Community Engagement


Curriculum vitae



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