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Dean Cardasis, FASLA
Curriculum Vitae

Professional Education

Academic Appointments

Honors and Design Awards

Published Projects

Commissioned Projects

Publications

Selected Invited Presentations

Funded Research

Service

Current Professional Affiliations

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(to the University of Massachusetts, selected)


Member, College Personnel Committee. (2007)

Member, Department Head Search Committee. (2006)

Member, Department Personnel Committee (2006)

Acting Director, Environmental Design Program (2004)

Member, Smith College Landscape Studies Search Committee (2003)

Planner/designer, “2001 Campus Master Plan.” Responsible for adapting previously established Amherst campus master plan guidelines in relation to specific deferred maintenance and capital projects currently underway and planned; as well as the design development of mid-scale projects. (2001-2003)

Designer, “Mass Passage.” Conceptual design for 1/4 mile long pedestrian passageway through an indigenous hemlock-Northern hardwood forest community, part of the university arboretum. The design celebrates and memorializes the history of the University of Massachusetts through the creation of descriptive “benchmarks” along the way and by embedding 8000 engraved river stones as drainage/edging to the passage. The design also provides for a series of memorial gardens, courtyards and outdoor classrooms adjacent to the passage. (2001-2003)

Member, University of Massachusetts Press Editorial Board. (2000-2003)
Director, Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture. Led committees studying curriculum and promotion of the MLA program. Revised the curriculum and instituted program promotional campaign resulting in improved course dynamics, increased applications and yield. Supervised successful five-year ASLA re-accreditation. (1998-2002)

Director, The James Rose Center—an adjunct facility (1993-present).

Designer, "Clark’s Passage." Conceptual design and design development for pedestrian mall commemorating the relationship between the University of Hokkaido and the University of Massachusetts. Currently awaiting funding. (1998)

Member, College Personnel Committee. (1996-1998)

Designer, "Bartlett Courtyard." Design of public courtyard exploring the relationship between sculptural object and landscape space. Project served as a successful prototype for collaboration between the UMass Arts Council, Grounds Maintenance Crew and Stockbridge and Landscape Architecture students. Winner of Boston Society of Landscape Architects "Merit Award" in Landscape Art. (1997)

Designer, "Memorial Courtyard." Conceptual design and design development of court yard which commemorates the significant people in the history of the UMass Campus. Currently awaiting funding. (1997)

Member, Campus Beautification Committee. Involved with many campus improvement projects including the campus pond. (1994-1996)

Coordinator, Stockbridge School's (a unit of the College of Food and Natural Resources) Associates Degree Program in Landscape Contracting (1989-1995). Refocused the program and reorganized the curriculum. Established the campus landscape laboratory.

Designer, "Durfee Gardens." Detailed design and construction supervision of five contemporary park/garden spaces based upon the agricultural heritage of the land grant campus, now the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Winner of American Society of Landscape Architects "Honor Award" in Design, Massachusetts Horticultural Society "Urban Landscape Award" and Boston Society of Landscape Architects "Merit Award." One of only eighty projects selected to commemorate the history of the profession of landscape architecture on the occasion of its centennial. (1993-1995)

Designer, Wilder Hall entrance, the first building in the United States constructed specifically for the study of Landscape Architecture. Conception, detailed design, construction supervision and supervision of maintenance. (1993)

Member, Provost's Committee on Forming a School of Professional Studies. (1993)

Designer, "Hillside" (the Chancellor's home) slope stabilization and perennial planting project. Detailed design and construction supervision. (1993)

Member, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Vision Committee. (1992)

Member, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Departmental Curriculum Committee. Year-long study on the landscape architectural curriculum. (1990)

(to the profession of landscape architecture, selected)

Executive Director and Co-founder, The James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design, Ridgewood, N.J. (1993-present) Activities have included:

• Initiating and administering the Student Design Awards program at eight landscape architecture programs in the U.S. and Canada since 1995, having awarded over one hundred student design scholarships to date;
• Initiating, administering and directing the James Rose Gardens Documentation Program since 1993, having fully documented twenty-one historic modern garden designs to date;
• Initiating, administering and directing the Summer Internship Program at the James Rose Center since 1993, having provided over twenty student internships to date;
• Designing and administering the rehabilitation of the historic Rose site, having saved one of the icons of American modern design from destruction and having received national and international awards for the effort, including the American Society of Landscape Architects “Classic Award,” among others;
• Coordinating all other research activities, conferences, scholarship opportunities and public outreach, including community lectures, tours and events; and fundraising.

Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects. (2000-present)

Member, Planning Committee for Library of American Landscape History. (2000-present)

Member, Friends of Gas Works Park. (1999-present)

Advisory Council Member, Spacemaker Press. (1996-present)

Co-Founder and Director, The James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design, Ridgewood, N.J. Activities include administering student awards and internships at eight landscape architecture programs in the U.S. and Canada; administering the James Rose Gardens Documentation Program; designing and administering the rehabilitation of the historic Rose site and coordinating all other research activities, conferences, scholarship opportunities and design awards. Responsible for public outreach including community lectures, tours and events, and fundraising. (1991-present)

Vice President of Board of Trustees, Barrier-Aung, non-profit educational corporation overseeing the operations of The James Rose Center. (1990-present)

Juror, B.S.L.A. Awards Program. (1993)

Moderator, "Design in the Nineties" conference. (1990)


(to the general community, selected)

Studio Instructor, South Street Park as Neighborhood Center. Design of options for conversion of wetland into neighborhood park. City of Northampton. (2001)

Director, James Rose Center. Numerous tours and lectures to the general public and service organizations. Greater New York/New Jersey. (1991-present)

Studio Instructor, Paradise Pond. Design of options for educational trails revealing ecological process while upgrading water quality and halting erosion along a community pond. City of Northampton. (2000)

Studio Instructor, Firehouse Plaza. Led studio exploration of conversion of central firestation to community center and park for the Amherst Planning Office. (1999)

Studio Instructor, Sweetzer Park Options. Led studio exploration for creation of downtown park for the Amherst Planning Office. (1998)

Studio Instructor, Kendrick Park. Led studio exploration for rehabilitation of downtown for the Amherst Planning Office. (1996)

Designer, Pioneer Valley Co-housing Planting Design for the Pioneer Valley Co-housing Group. (1995)

Studio Instructor, Cherry Hill Housing and Open Space Options for the Amherst Housing Authority. (1994)

Designer, North Pleasant Streetscape Options for the Amherst Planning Office. (1993)

Designer, Worthington Town Hall Planting Design, for the Worthington Garden Club. (1992)

Draftsman, Zoning Maps for the Northampton Planning Office. (1990)

 

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