Keith Christensen

Keith Christensen

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director

Phone: (435) 797-0507

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Here is a list of courses I teach.

About Me

I joined the USU Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning faculty in 2008. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Agronomy, from Brigham Young University, I completed a MLA degree at USU in 2001. In 2010, I completed my doctoral research in disability disciplines at USU.

My areas of expertise include socially equitable planning and design, particularly related to individuals with disabilities. Prior to joining the faculty, I worked as a research scientist with the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University where I explored the relationship between design and social access (inclusion), social values, human rights, and social justice. My efforts included a number of federally supported research programs investigating the relationship between the built environment and the behavior of individuals with disabilities. Presently, I am evaluating the effect of current and proposed Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) for the built environment on the emergency egress of individuals with disabilities using a microsimulation of individual behavior representing the diversity and prevalence of disabilities in the population and their interaction with the environment.

I have developed and also direct the Beyond Access program, a national technical assistance program on inclusive play environments for children with disabilities. The Beyond Access program works with industry partners, consumers, and advocates to move beyond minimal accessibility requirements to create inclusive play environments which recognize the child’s right to equality of play opportunity, full participation in play, and the independence of the child. I am involved in the planning and design of a number of inclusive environments, I actively provide technical assistance on socially accessible design, and I have lectured and published nationally and internationally on the subject.

I am licensed to practice landscape architecture in the states of Utah and Wyoming where I am actively involved in private practice. My diverse practice includes commercial and residential development, children’s gardens, memorials, landscape analysis, and illustration. Since 2001, I have worked with Utah’s Cooperative Extension program and Professor David Bell, providing planning and design services on over 70 landscape projects with rural communities throughout Utah.


Doctor of Philosophy in Disability Studies
Utah State University

Master of Landscape Architecture
Utah State University

Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
Brigham Young University


Licensed Landscape Architect
Utah - 4986989-5301
Wyoming - LA0091C


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
Utah State University
Assistant Professor
Prior to 2008 Adjunct Faculty

Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University
Faculty Fellow
Prior to 2009 Senior Research Scientist

Areas of Expertise

Socially Equitable Planning and Design
Inclusive Environments
Socially Accessible Play Environments
Universal Design
Research Methods & Statistical Techniques

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