Joanne Westphal, PhD

Joanne Westphal

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Professor - Emeritus, Landscape Architecture
School of Planning, Design and Construction


Research Interests: Health, built environments, sustainability, evaluation strategies.

Dr. Joanne Westphal is a landscape architect and practicing licensed physician in Michigan. She is a Fellow in both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. As a faculty member in SPDC, she focuses on issues of health in the built environment, therapeutic site design, context-sensitive design and research methodology. Her work includes the evaluation of construction standards to promote human wellness; the efficacy of design to complement medical treatment protocols in hospitals and nursing homes; the examination of communities to promote active living throughout the seasons; and the need for place identity, resource sustainability and open space/green corridor protection in the American landscape.


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