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About Benjamin A Shirtcliff

My general area of research is environmental social science: how people relate to, create, and define space and place; and, how space and place relate to, shape, and afford experience. My research continues to focus on adolescent place and how the physical, built environment in cities impacts young people’s development.  My innovative approach using big data from YouTube and social media has been published in Landscape Journal and has received minor funding (CEAH grant “Socially Open Urban Landscapes” funded October 2015). I aim for the success of urban design to be measured post-occupancy by the heterogeneity of human activity and diversity of people actively engaged in public place. My research responds to global needs to consider diversity and density for an urbanized planet.


2014 - Present Assistant Professor, Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture
Present Assistant Professor, Iowa State University Department of Urban Design

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2011 UNO‐PLUS Travel Scholarship to attend CELA 2011
  • 2010 Rehabilitation Award for Washburn Observatory.
  • 2009 Honorable Mention from the City of Madison for West High Entry Courtyard Design.
  • 2008 Wisconsin ASLA Merit Award for Planning, Taliesin East Preservation Master Plan
  • 2002 First place, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Undergraduate Competition in Research for “Landscape/Order”


2012 PhD, University of New Orleans ‐ Urban Studies

Contact Information

Landscape Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA 50011-3094


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