Department Chair, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
Josh Cerra's teaching and research investigate relationships between urban ecosystems, communities and site development processes, and their implications for climate-adaptive design and urban ecological design. He is principal investigator for the Climate-adaptive Design program with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and co-principal investigator for the Cornell Climate Change Garden Installation with the Cornell Botanic Gardens and the YardWorks Project with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. His studio-based efforts have received award recognition from the national American Society of Landscape Architects, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and Cornell.
2021 Georgakakos, C.B., Cerra, J.F., Allred S.B., Williams, K., Walter, M.T., LoGiudice, E., Smith, G. (in press). Cross-disciplinary learning in environmental engineering and landscape architecture. International Journal of Collaborative Engineering. DOI: 10.1504/IJCE.2020.10033950.
Cerra, J., Smith, G., & Zemaitis, L. 2019. People and place: Understanding social dimensions of resilience in the Climate-adaptive Design Studio. 2019 Environmental Design Research Association Conference Proceedings, Environmental Design Research Association.
Cerra, Joshua F., Brook W. Muller, and Robert Young. 2017. A transformative Outlook on the 21st Century city: Patrick Geddes’ Outlook Tower revisited. Landscape and Urban Planning. 166:90-96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j. landurbplan.2017.05.015
Cerra, Joshua F. 2017. Emerging strategies for voluntary urban ecological stewardship on private property. Landscape and Urban Planning. 157: 586-597. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.06.016.
Cerra, Joshua F. and Rhiannon Crain. 2016. Urban birds and planting design: Strategies for incorporating ecological goals into residential landscapes. 19(4):1823-46. Urban Ecosystems. DOI 10.1007/s11252-016- 0570-0.Book Chapters
- Cerra, Joshua F. and Libby Zemaitis. 2022. Changing landscapes, changing mindsets; Building capacity toward action in the Climate-adaptive Design Studio. In Bishop, K. (Ed.). Routledge handbook of urban landscape research. New York, NY: Routledge, pp265-279. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003109563
- Muller, Brook, Adell Amos, Joshua F. Cerra, Chingwen Cheng, David L. Feldman, Tatum Lau, Noelwah R. Netusil, and Erik Porse. 2022. Redrawing our urban waters: Merging design, law and policy in advancing distributed water systems. In Routledge Handbook on Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim, Yizhao Yang, Anne Taufen (Eds). New York, NY. Routledge.
Awards & Honors
- 2022 First Place student poster competition. American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Upstate Chapter. Faculty Advisor. Project: FLOOD//LAND, Dominic Malacaman, Cornell University.
- 2018 Communications Honor Award. National ASLA Student Awards. Faculty Advisor. American Society of Landscape Architects. “A Student’s Guide to Environmental Justice Version 1.3.” Team: Kari Spiegelhalter, Theresa Ruswick, Patricia Noto.
- 2018 Faculty Fellowship for Social Sciences, Humanities , and the Arts. Principal Investigator. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.
- 2017 General Design Honor Award. National ASLA Student Awards. Faculty Advisor. American Society of Landscape Architects. “Weaving the Waterfront.” Team: Hong Gao, Luyao Kong, Qianli Feng.
- 2016 ASL General Design Award. National ASLA Professional Awards. Project team member. Eco-Corridor Resurrects Former Brownfield. Ningbo, China.
- 2015 Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Junior Faculty Award. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.
- 2014 Young Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University.
- 2013 ASLA Analysis and Planning Honor Award. National ASLA Professional Awards. Project team member. Ningbo Eco-Corridor 3.3 km Living Filter, Ningbo, China.
- 2012 ASLA Analysis and Planning Honor Award. National ASLA Professional Awards. Project team member. Wusong Riverfront: Landscape Infrastructure Pilot Project Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, China.
- LA 7010 WRI's Climate-adaptive Design site
- LA 4020 Adaptive Technologies Design Lab
- LA 4070/6070 Emerging Dimensions in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Practice
- LA 6940 Building with Birds
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Ithaca, NY 14853
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Master of Landscape Architecture
University of Minnesota
College of Design
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Joshua in the news
As sea levels rise over the next decades for low-lying Hudson River towns, Cornell landscape architecture students offered ideas for coping with climate change and embracing the water.
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