Chris Sass

Assistant Professor
Phone (859) 257-7295

Department of Landscape Architecture
S305 Agricultural Science Building
Lexington KY 40546-0091

Professional Profile

Courses and philosophy

I teach second year studio site analysis, planting design, and an urban water course. Each course is grounded in the idea that natural systems should aid in organizing the design and that sustainable design solutions require a longer range plan that include the complexities demonstrated in the natural world. To understand that world, you must be a part of it and immerse yourself in all of its intricacies.

“Economic deficits may dominate our headlines, but ecological deficits will dominate our future.”

Lester Brown et al. The State of the World (1986)

Research and Academic Interests

My general research interests include hydrology and sustainable landscape performance. More specifically, streambank erosion processes and plant performance increasing precipitation infiltration and evapotranspiration.