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Joern Langhorst

Associate Professor
  • Administration and Instruction Services (CAP)
  • Landscape Architecture Department (CAP)


Primary Phone:303-315-1023

Joern Langhorst was educated in Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Urban Planning in Germany and Europe. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Oregon and Iowa State University. He has practiced extensively, focusing on projects in highly contested situations on various scales, such as redevelopment and remediation in post-industrial cities and brownfield sites, and post-disaster recovery, and is consulting on these issues nationally and internationally.

His research, teaching and practices are exploring the processes, forces and actors that make and unmake place, space and landscape, and how place and space influence culture, looking at the temporal and spatial-material dimensions He is drawn to places of incisive and radical change, such as post-colonial, post-industrial and post-disaster cities. His approaches involve multiple perspectives and disciplines, and establish a methodology he calls “landscape forensics”. He is particularly interested in the ethical, epistemological and ontological dimensions of the interactions of human and other-than-human processes in place over time, exploring the roles of landscapes and places in social and environmental justice. He examines how concepts such as resilience and sustainability are conceived and implemented, arguing for a “right to landscape”. Langhorst scrutinizes the role of emergent technologies, alternative processes and the relationships between traditional and new actors and agents, and foregrounds contestation and conflict as unavoidable processes central to landscape and place change. How humans “make sense” of both the places they occupy and their own identity, and the role of immediate and mediated experience is fundamental to his exploration of how landscape operates as both cultural construct and cultural agent and has significant impact beyond its material performances.



  • LDAR 5572 Landscape Ecology
  • LDAR 6620  Landscape Theory and Criticism
  • LDAR 6949 / ARCH 6473 Research Tools and Methods
  • LDAR 6604/05 Advanced Landscape Architectural Design Studio: “Critical Terrains: Living with Fire”
  • LDAR 6604/07 Advanced Landscape Architectural Design Studio: Water:Works I: Medium, Infrastructure, System and Amenity.
  • LDAR 6606 Advanced Landscape Architectural Design Studio: “Re-Making RiNo: Temporality and Fluidity in the Urban Landscape”
  • LDAR 6722 / ARCH 6222 Contested Terrains
  • LDAR 6723  Cinema and Landscape
  • LDAR 6951 Thesis in Landscape Architecture – faculty advisor

Areas of Expertise


Landscape recovery, remediation and design, urban design, research and design methodologies

Education, Licensure & Certifications


  • Pre-diploma in Landscape and Open Space Planning (BLA equiv.), University of Hannover 
  • Pre-diploma in Architecture (BArch equiv.), University of Hannover
  • Dipl.Ing. Landscape Architecture (MLA equiv.), University of Hannover
  • In Progress: Dr. in Landscape Architecture, (PhD), abd, Leibniz Universitaet, Hannover



2011/2012     Faculty Development Grant, Center for Faculty Development, University of Colorado Denver, "Representing Dynamic Landscape Systems", USD 2000.00.



  • Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), member (since 2002)
  • Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), member (since 2003)
  • Design Communication Association (DCA), Board of Directors, Regional Director (Southwest Region, 2010-current), Executive Secretary (2012-2014), member (since 2004).

  • License to Practice Landscape Architecture: Germany

College of Architecture and Planning

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1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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