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Samuel Dennis Jr.

Samuel Dennis Jr.

Expert on landscape architecture, community design, children's environments, nature play, and the built environment and health

Associate professor, landscape architecture College of Letters and Science Work: 608-263-7699 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Landscape architecture (parks and park systems; urban outdoor spaces; not residential landscaping)
  • Community design: working with communities to design and build shared community spaces
  • Children's environments: planning, design and evaluation of outdoor spaces where children spend a large part of their lives (daycare, preschool, K-12, church, hospital, museum)
  • Nature play: research on importance of free play in natural settings for health and well-being of children and youth
  • Built environment and health: research concerning the environmental supports and barriers to active living, particularly with medically underserved populations


  • Registered landscape architect, member, American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Partnership Award, Public Health of Madison and Dane County, 2008
  • Public Service Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Wisconsin Chapter, 2008