Barty Warren-Kretzschmar

Assistant Professor - BioRegional Planning

Barty Warren-Kretzschmar is returning to Utah State University after living and working in Germany for more than twenty years. She began her teaching career at Utah State University as one of the first female faculty members in the LAEP department in 1981.

After receiving her Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, New York she was awarded the Eidlitz Traveling Fellowship from Cornell University which she used to study urban spaces and historical gardens in Italy and England. Upon returning to the US, she worked for Project for Public space in New York City before joining the LAEP Department at Utah State University.

In 1983 Barty left Utah State University to pursue research in Germany as a Fulbright Fellowship finalist. She gained professional experience in the landscape architecture office of Heimer, Montag und Herbstreit in Hildesheim, Germany, where she worked design competitions, impact mitigation studies as well as international projects such as the design of a residential community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In 1987 Barty joined the Institute for Landscape and Nature Conservation (presently Institute for Environmental Planning) at Leibniz University (LUH) in Hannover, Germany, where she was involved in the introduction of computers into the landscape architecture curriculum and the organization of two international conferences on landscape planning in 1991 and 2001. Since 1987 she has taught studio projects and seminars in both the landscape architecture design as well as the environmental planning departments at LUH.

From 2006 until 2011 Barty taught landscape planning studios and seminars as a guest professor in the international Master of Landscape Architecture program at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Bernburg, Germany. The international studio projects ranged from the development of Alternative Futures for the city of Leipzig and for the South Harz Mountain Biosphere Reserve in Germany to the campus design of a vocational school in a township of Johannesburg, South Africa and a master plan for the international sector of Auroville, India.

Barty also consults for Golin Wissenschafts management in Hamburg, Germany and holds workshops in graduate schools throughout Germany and Austria that focus on academic writing and presentation and communication skills.

An ongoing theme of Barty’s research is the use of computers and technology to support landscape planning. Her research has focused on the role of computer visualization and internet to support citizen participation in the landscape planning process. Present research re-evaluates web-based landscape planning that was proposed in the R&D project “Interactive Landscape Plan of Königslutter, Germany”. Further research questions address how design approaches and methodologies can be used to improve the effectiveness of landscape planning and how Geo-design can support and coordinate the integration of planning and design. Her research has also examined the visual impact of renewable energies on the landscape and the relationship of ecosystem services to landscape planning.