Dave Pitt, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

David G. Pitt, Ph. D. is currently Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota. He also holds adjunct appointments in Urban and Regional Planning as well as Forest Resources. Dr. Pitt has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and symposium proceeding papers in landscape perception and decision support systems for land use planning. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award for 2003 from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), an organization representing Landscape Architecture educators in North America, New Zealand and Australia. He has also received two Merit Awards for his research from the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is currently a co-editor for Landscape Journal, published by the University of Wisconsin Press for CELA.

Dr. Pitt’s research program has two foci. In the context of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, he has developed a decision support system (DSS) to guide land use planning in exurban landscapes. The DSS uses psychometric scaling, spatial modeling and participatory mapping technologies to integrate stakeholder perspectives into a landscape assessment protocol that examines 15 sets of green infrastructure values relating to provision of both ecosystem services and utilitarian values. A summation of the user-weighted landscape assessments provides a composite definition of land use development/protection priorities within a land area. The system rapidly generates spatial and tabular output that allows stakeholders to receive instantaneous feedback on the consequences of their policy choices. System users can engage in iterative and reflective communication as they pursue a transparent process of literally “trying on” different combinations of green infrastructure values to construct and evaluate public policy for land use planning. This sharing leads to stronger and longer-lasting policies for land use planning that often explore a wider range of alternatives and encompass a broader spectrum of stakeholder values than more linear and top-down driven decision-making strategies.

Dr. Pitt is also interested in modeling spatial dimensions of transactionally defined human response to landscape change. The work involves the integration of digital simulation, psychometric scaling and geographic information systems technologies to model and represent patterns of change to stakeholders as well as define, measure and model spatial patterns of perceptual response. This work has been applied to the U. S. National Park System and the National Forest System.

Office Address:
Department of Landscape Architecture
Room 145J Rapson Hall
89 Church St S E
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: (612) 625-7370
Email: pittx001@umn.edu

Webpage: http://landarch.design.umn.edu/people/pitt.html