Neil Odenwald Assistant Professor
202 Design Building
BS North Carolina State University
MLA Ball State University
PhD North Carolina State University
Nicholas Serrano is an assistant professor in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University. He holds the Neil Odenwald Professorship. He has a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from North Carolina State University, a Master of landscape architecture from Ball State University, and is a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. in design program at North Carolina State University. Before joining the faculty at LSU, Nicholas taught introductory ecology, ornamental landscape plants, planting design, and various histories of the built environment at North Carolina State University and Ball State University. He has experience working in landscape construction and design consulting, and served on the Executive Committee of the NCASLA.
Nicholas’ main research project looks at the history of landscape architecture and urban development of the American South. His writing spans the disciplines of Landscape and Environmental History, Southern Studies, and Material Culture to consider the construction of racial identity through the built environment. His secondary research and teaching interests are in contemporary planting design and horticultural technologies in landscape architecture.
His work has been recognized through awards by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians, and the American Public Gardens Association. Nicholas’ research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, the Louisiana Universities Resilient Architecture Collaborative, and the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism.