Samuel DennisSenior Academic Faculty and Administratorhe/him/his

I am a landscape architect and cultural geographer interested in the social dimensions of environmental design at all scales. For over twenty-five years, my research, teaching, and design practice have centered on understanding and co-creating environments that support human flourishing. For much of my career, I have focused on the educational and neighborhood spaces of young people. More recently, I have been interested in the role of the natural environment in supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing. In all cases, I practice participatory planning and design, engaging communities in co-designing the places in which they live, work, and play.

For more, see Dennis’s CV.

Selected Publications

Shin, Jung-hye., Samuel Dennis, Jr., Hassnaa Mohammed. (2021) Mental Health Outcome Measures in Environmental Design Research: A Critical Review. Health Environments Research and Design.

Dennis, Jr., Samuel F., Alexandra Wells and Chris Kierwa (2017) Natural Outdoor Classrooms: A National Study. Final report to the Dimensions Education Research Foundation.

Dennis, Jr., Samuel F., Alexandra Wells and Candice Bishop. (2014) A Post-Occupancy Study of Nature-Based Outdoor Classrooms in Early Childhood Education. Children, Youth and Environments 24(2): 35-52.

Dennis, Jr., Samuel F., Suzanne Gaulocher, Richard Carpiano, and David Brown. (2009) Participatory photo mapping (PPM): Exploring an integrated method for health and place research with young people, Health and Place. Jun; 15(2):466-73

For a full list of publications, see Dennis’s CV.

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  • Design Studies


  • PhD, Geography, Penn State University
  • MS, Geography, Penn State University
  • MLA, Landscape Architecture, North Carolina State University
  • BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of North Carolina