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Sean Michael

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Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Department Head, Professor

Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1997
MLA, Department of Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University, 1992
BS, Department of Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University, 1988


Biography

Dr. Michael joined the USU Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning faculty in 2008. While earning a BSLA at West Virginia University, he served as the first landscape intern at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater". He practiced in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Colorado, and pursued his interest in environmental psychology and design through an MLA at Texas A&M University. His PhD (Virginia Tech) focused on the relationship between landscapes and criminal behavior.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Michael's instructional foci include gateway community development in the West, and environmental psychology in design. He instructs on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), connecting students with techniques for improving user safety through the planning of safe sites. His classes focus on land development in the West, including "gateway communities" and their relationship with recreation lands. His classes create dynamic partnerships with communities by providing design assistance through collegiate design studios.

Research Interests

Dr. Michael's areas of expertise include impacts from and deterrence of crime in urban parks, stressing offender behavior and spatial preferences coupled with multi-disciplinary strategies. Sean is author of the first CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) training program for landscape architects, entitled "Security Design: Strategy, Integration and Liability (see www.asla.org/ContinuingEducation.aspx). A security design consultant, he publishes and speaks to local, state and international audiences on trail design/planning as well as security in the landscape. His work has assisted trail development in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties of WA, Missoula, MT, Moscow, ID, Spokane, WA, Avery, ID and Colorado Springs, CO. He has also been a partner with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on trail planning projects.


Contact Information

Go toOffice Location: FAV 230
DialPhone: 435-797-0509
SendEmail: sean.michael@usu.edu

Awards

"Top 5 Best Seattle Area Playgrounds" - Powell Barnett Park, Seattle, WA, 2006

Susan Black & Assoc.

Certificate of Appreciation, 1999

Tri-Cities Children’s Center, WA

  • Christensen, K., Michael, S.E, (2014). Assessing Landscape Architecture Faculty Scholarship. Landscape, City, and Community; 2014 Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
  • Michael, S.E, (2007). The past as we show it: Trends in delivery of landscape architecture history. Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference
  • Ellsworth, J.C, Michael, S.E, (2005). Distance learning: Teaching and learning in a digital place and time.. Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference
  • Michael, S.E, (2004). Threat management: Beyond CPTED. Proceedings of the ASLA National Conference
  • Michael, S.E, (2004). Preserving pleasure grounds: Security in public parks. Proceedings of the Security Design Coalition’s Safe Spaces Symposium
  • Michael, S.E, (2002). Urban parks, crime, and deterrence. International CPTED Association Conference
  • Michael, S.E, (2001). A teaching module in human ecology. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference Proceedings
  • Michael, S.E, (2001). Hope for historic parks: Resolving the conflict between crime prevention and landscape integrity. National Council on Public History Annual Conference Proceedings
  • Michael, S.E, (2001). Rising to the challenge: A tool for educating landscape architects on crime prevention. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference Proceedings
  • Michael, S.E, (2000). Changing behavior in the landscape of learning. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference Proceedings
  • Michael, S.E, (2000). Demystifying park crime patterns: The role of offender rationality in site selection. Environmental Design Research Association 31 Conference Proceedings
  • Michael, S.E, (2000). How’s everyone else do it? Creating a dissemination tool for innovative design studio methodologies and projects. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference Proceedings
  • Michael, S.E, (2000). Landscape architects’ role in public safety: Integrating crime prevention into the design process. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference Proceedings
  • Michael, S.E, (1996). Deterring crime in parks: The landscape architect's role. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture 96 Conference
  • Michael, S.E, Hull, R.G, (1995). Empowering people and police in urban parks: Tactical design to disadvantage offenders. Environmental Design Research Association 26
  • Michael, S.E, (1995). Integrating CDTED in the Design Studio. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture 95 Conference
  • Hull, R.G, Michael, S.E, (1994). Ebb and flow of leisure experience. Fifth International Symposium on Society and Natural Resource Management

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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      Publications - Journal Articles

        Academic Journal

      • Christensen, K., Michael, S.E, (2014). Quantifying Scholarly Production among Recently Tenured Landscape Architecture Faculty. Landscape Research Record, 2, 31-39.
      • Chong, G.C, Michael, S.E, (2011). A Study of the Form of the Early Housing and Program of Historical Tourism in Jamestown Settlement, U.S.A. . Journal of the Architectural Institute of Korea, 27:4, 53-60.
      • Michael, S.E, (2000). Feedback via electronic voice messages. Teaching Professor, 14:12
      • Professional Journal

      • Michael, S.E, Hull, R.B, Zahm, D.L, (2001). Environmental factors affecting auto burglary. Environment and Behavior33, 368–388.
      • Hull, R.B, Michael, S.E, Walker, G.J, Roggenbuck, J.W, (1996). The ebb and flow of brief leisure experiences. Leisure Sciences18, 299-314.
      • Hull, R.B, Michael, S.E, (1995). Nature–based recreation, mood change, and stress restoration. Leisure Sciences17, 1-14.
      • Hull, R.B, Michael, S.E, (1993). Stress restoration through recreation: Experiences at a local park. In P. Gobster (Ed.), Managing Urban and High–Use Recreation Settings. U.S. Forest Service General Report NC–163, 50-54.

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      Publications - Literary Journal

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        Publications - MultiMedia

          Web

        • Michael, S.E, (2000). The CPTED Page.
        • Other Media

        • Michael, S.E, Hull, R.B, (1994). Crime and urban parks: An annotated bibliography. U.S. Forest Service and the International Society of Arboriculture
        • Michael, S.E, (1988). Visual impacts for: Main lodge, campgrounds, cabins, ski lodge/lift/parking, golf course proposals (1–3).. West Virginia Department of Commerce, Division of Parks & Recreation

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        Publications - Technical Reports

          Research Reports

        • Michael, S.E, (1999). Deterrence strategies for park crime: Findings from CPTED research. USDA Forest Service

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        Publications - Translations & Transcripts

          Publications - Other

            Bulletins

          • Michael, S.E, Hull, R.B, (1994). Effects of vegetation on crime in urban parks. Interim report for the U.S. Forest Service and the International Society of Arboriculture
          • Other

          • Michael, S.E, (2002). Accounting for security in planting designs. Landscape Architecture Magazine
          • Michael, S.E, Hull, R.B, (1995). Effects of vegetation on crime in urban parks. Arborist News

          * Has not been peer reviewed

          Scheduled Teaching

          OPDD 1750 - History of the Outdoor Product Industry, Spring 2017

          OPDD 1700 - Outdoor Product Design & Development Professional Seminar, Fall 2016

          OPDD 1750 - History of the Outdoor Product Industry, Spring 2016

          LAEP 6860 - Faculty/Interdisciplinary Seminar I, Fall 2015

          LAEP 6910 - Reading Seminar I, Fall 2015

          LAEP 6960 - Masters Project, Fall 2014

          LAEP 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2014

          LAEP 6960 - Masters Project, Fall 2013

          LAEP 6910 - Reading Seminar I, Fall 2013

          LAEP 4130 - Emerging Areas in Landscape Architecture II, Spring 2013

          LAEP 6960 - Masters Project, Spring 2013

          LAEP 6930 - Reading Seminar II, Spring 2013

          LAEP 6910 - Reading Seminar I, Fall 2012

          LAEP 6550 - LAEP 6550, Summer 2012

          LAEP 6550 - LAEP 6550, Spring 2012

          LAEP 6960 - Master¿s Project, Spring 2012

          LAEP 4350 - Travel Course, Spring 2012

          LAEP 6310 - Recreation and Open Space Planning and Design, Fall 2011

          LAEP 3100 - Recreation/Open Space, Fall 2011

          LAEP 6860 - Faculty Seminar 1 (Coordinator), Fall 2010

          LAEP 6860 - Faculty/Interdisciplinary Seminar I, Fall 2010

          LAEP 4900 - Presentation + Communication Skills , Fall 2010

          LAEP 6910 - Reading Seminar 1, Fall 2010

          LAEP 4900 - Special Problems, Fall 2010

          LAEP 6900 - Special Problems, Fall 2010

          LAEP 4130 - Emerging Areas 1, Spring 2010

          LAEP 6930 - Reading Seminar 1, Spring 2010

          LAEP 6890 - Thesis Proposal, Spring 2010

          LAEP 6860 - Faculty Seminar 1, Coordinator , Fall 2009

          LAEP 4130 - Emerging Areas 1, Spring 2009

          LAEP 6930 - Reading Seminar 1, Spring 2009

          LAEP 6890 - Thesis Proposal, Spring 2009

          LAEP 6860 - Faculty Seminar 1 (Coordinator), Fall 2008


                  Creative Works - Other

                  • Spokane River Iron Bridge & Centennial Trail, Spokane, WA, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 2008
                  • Latah Trail rail-to-trail, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 2008
                  • Landscape master plan for the resident, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 2003
                  • Landscape master plan for the resident, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 2003
                  • Landscape Master Plan, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 2001
                  • Landscape Master Plan, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 2001
                  • Landscape Master Plan, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 2001
                  • Landscape Master Plan, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 2001
                  • Landscape Master Plan, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 2001
                  • Landscape Master Plan, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 2001
                  • Trail signage system, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 1991
                  • Wetland mitigation plan, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 1990
                  • Preliminary design, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 1989
                  • Environmental Impact Statement, satellite image-based vegetation mapping , LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 1988
                  • Rhododendron recovery plantings, LAEP - Peer review of built or created works, - 1986

                  Graduate Students Mentored

                  Joel Warren,
                  Tom Cluff, 2010
                  Audrey Lancaster, 2010