BLA University of California at Berkeley
MA Ohio University
PhD Ohio University
Austin Allen is a retired associate professor of landscape architecture at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. He has extensive experience in planning and design strategies through his recovery work of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina and post-earthquake Haiti, where he took LSU students on a service-learning project in the fall of 2010. In 2009, Allen was the inaugural Bickham Chair in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and has since joined LSU as a tenured faculty member. He is also an independent filmmaker and editor. His work includes Claiming Open Spaces, a feature-length documentary. Allen’s interests lie in resilience, recovery, and regeneration of landscapes and place; urbanism; public space; and public media, including film studies. He has taught courses that integrate communication and film with planning, landscape, and urban design theory and practice. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Art and PhD in Mass Communication from Ohio University.