Louise Bordelon was educated in landscape architecture, architecture, geography, and anthropology in both South Africa and the United States (where she was a Fulbright Scholar). Prior to joining CU Denver in 2019, Louise taught landscape architecture at Louisiana State University and worked in practice in South Africa and the United States and also held a postdoctoral fellowship in Geography at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Her research, teaching, and practice explore ideas around cultural landscapes, landscape interpretation, tourist photographs and their impact on tourist behavior, and the narratives and identities that we construct to create a tourist landscape. Louise is drawn to places of cultural and landscape change and is focused on exploring the 'neglected narratives' of landscape interpretation including erased ecologies, cultures, races, and individuals. Her varied and diverse education, and background as a woman from Africa, allow her to work through a truly interdisciplinary and inter-cultural approach to research and different research methodologies. Louise also publishes on topics around mountain biking, specifically barriers to women's participation in mountain biking and other sports associated with risk and fear. She practices Disturbia through rewilding the suburban landscape and displays a keen interest in urban ecology, biodiversity, pollinator pathways, and the invention of nature.
Louise is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Council of Landscape Architecture Educators, and is a member of the CU Denver Fulbright Committee and the City of Arvada Parks Advisory Board.
cultural landscapes, representation, tourist behavior, national parks, Natchez Trace Parkway, biodiversity, urban ecology, hand-drawing, graphics, student assessment, and design teaching.