University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Faculty and Staff

Ned Crankshaw

Ned Crankshaw, Professor and Chair

Ryan Hargrove

Ryan Hargrove, Assistant Professor

Jayoung Koo

Jayoung Koo, Assistant Professor

Brian Lee

Brian Lee, Associate Professor

Thomas Nieman

Thomas Nieman, Professor

Chris Sass

Chris Sass, Assistant Professor

Horst Schach

Horst Schach, Professor Emeritus


Carolina Segura

Carolina Segura, Lecturer


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Karen Goodlet, Administrative Support Associate

Zina Merkin, Research Specialist

Tom Shearin, Systems Analyst

Chris Sass
Carolina Segura
Horst Schach
Tom Nieman
Brian Lee

I apply geospatially based analyses and visualization to community decision-making processes for land use planning primarily at the watershed/landscape scale in my research and my teaching. My doctoral research at the Pennsylvania State University in the School of Forest Resources - Center for Watershed Stewardship focused on the form and function of community watershed organizations and their capacity building efforts in watershed management. In addition, my formal education consists of a B.S. of Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Regional Planning and a Master of Liberal Arts (Landscape Ecology) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Currently, I am responsible for teaching five courses at the University of Kentucky including a studio which provides a service-learning experience for undergraduate students. The studio focuses on providing watershed based land use planning assistance to Kentucky communities. My GIS and Landscape Analysis courses are cross-listed with the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program and often have students from that program as well as Forestry, Geography, Plant and Soil Science, and Anthropology.

Currently, a few projects I have underway include Predicting Urbanization in Central Kentucky, Characterizing Kentucky's Large Forest Blocks and Interior Forests over Time, Watershed Characterization Utilizing Landscape Scale Indicators, and Housing Price Differences in Central Kentucky. More information about the work I do can be found at
Ryan Hargrove

Design education is a place where creativity and spontaneity should guide exploration and serve as a basis for learning.  My goal as an educator is to create responsible and creative designers. In order to reach this goal I attempt to build an understanding of how design students learn the skills and knowledge to be productive and innovative designers. Recognizing possibilities requires that designers have an understanding of design thinking and process.

I currently teach fourth year design studios and a materials and methods course focusing on sustainable material use and LEED certification. I also have developed a creative thinking course that is offered annually. My research involves the development of innovative teaching methods. This area of research encompassing design education and creative thinking is a critical component in the advancement of design thinking needed to meet the challenges of the present and future.

Recent Publications
The Role of Technology in Developing Students– Creative Thinking Abilities, ICERI Annual Conference, Madrid, Spain, 2009.

Hargrove, Ryan, et al. Design Thinking in the Design Disciplines. North Carolina State University College of Design. 2009.

Creating Creative Designers: Assessing the Short and Long-Term impact of Metacognitive Skill Development, ECLAS Annual Conference, Alnarp, Sweden, 2008.

Creating Creativity in the Design Studio, CELA Annual Conference, Penn State University, 2007.
Jayoung Koo  

I recently joined the Department of Landscape Architecture and Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) after finishing my PhD in Geography with specialization in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of California, Davis. My diverse background in landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, environmental restoration planning and GIS have enabled me to become a multi-disciplinary researcher with an international perspective on built landscapes at various scales. For my dissertation research, I conducted case studies of two re-created urban landscapes that examined complex issues and challenges of sustainability including community planning and design perspective. I intend to expand my interests to further study challenges and solutions that support communities to fulfill their goals for sustainable landscapes.

My research focus in re-creating landscapes is to enhance and sustain the overall health of built environments at various scales. With proper understanding of bio-physical, socio-economic and cultural factors and accompanying processes, built landscapes and communities can become structurally stable and beneficial for inhabitants. I integrate landscape architecture, urban planning and community design methods in my research to construct sound design solutions and communication strategies that can assist community partners. My teaching interests focus on community engagement, social factors, public open spaces, and sustainable communities. Further experiences as a landscape architect and community forester complement my role to facilitate community planning and design projects that enhance and sustain healthy communities. I also hold a Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a Master of Landscape Architecture from Seoul National University and a Bachelor of Science from Korea University.  

Ned Crankshaw  

I organize my teaching around the idea that intelligent landscape architecture practice is based partly on understanding regional and local landscape character. I teach third year design studios that focus on regional landscape character, site analysis, site master planning, site design, and sustainable design. My other courses are cultural landscape preservation and advanced graphics.  

My research interests are in cultural landscape management, and especially in ways to best incorporate contemporary design into historic landscapes. My focus is mainly on smaller cities and the rural landscapes that surround them.  

Recent publications
Plowing or Mowing? Rural Sprawl in Nelson County, Kentucky. Landscape Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2 (2009).

Multi-Scale Design Guidelines for the Rural Landscape of Nelson County, Kentucky. In David Ames and Richard Wagner (editors) Design & Historic Preservation: The Challenge of Compatibility, (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009). Crankshaw, N., Riesenweber, J., and Schneider, K.

Creating Vibrant Public Space: Streetscape Design in Commercial and Historic Districts. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2008.  

Selected recent projects
Rural Heritage Development Initiative Design Guidelines      
Funding: National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Confederate Cemeteries Historic Resource Study (with Cultural Resource Analysts)      
Funding: National Cemetery Administration

Lower Howard’s Creek Corridor Management Plan (with Parsons Brinckerhoff & Cultural Resource Analysts)
Funding: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet      
American Society of Landscape Architects National Honor Award, 2007

St. Clair Street, Frankfort, Kentucky