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Maggie Hansen
Assistant Professor
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Penn State Landscape Architecture
326 Stuckeman

Maggie Hansen teaches Beginning Design and Visualization in the Department of Landscape Architecture. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, she served as director of the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design at Tulane School of Architecture. There she oversaw the expansion of the Center’s programming and helped foster relationships across the private and public sectors within a research-based pedagogy.

As a designer at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, she contributed to projects at a range of scales, including Brooklyn Naval Cemetery, Hudson Yards East, Overlook Farm Masterplan, and the Olana North Meadow Restoration. Hansen's interdisciplinary training informs design research focused on revealing the often invisible systems that structure civic life and community identity through mapping, narrative, and visual representation of cultural and ecological systems.



  • MLA, University of Virginia
  • M.Arch, University of Virginia
  • B.A., University of Chicago

Courses Taught

  • LArch 115 Introductory Design Studio
  • LArch 155 Design Visualization
  • LArch 276 Human Dimensions of Design: History + Theory
  • LArch 116 Introductory Design Studio 2
  • LArch 197 Introductory Design Studio 1
  • LArch 156 Design Visualization 1
  • LArch 251 Design Visualization 

Honors + Awards

With Tulane City Center:

  • Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award
  • SEED (Social Environmental & Economic Design) Award Winner: Parisite Skatepark

With Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects:

  • 2015 ASLA Honor Award, Nelson Byrd Woltz: Overlook Farm Master Plan

Exhibitions + Presentations

  • By the People: Designing a Better America, Cooper Hewitt (with Tulane City Center)
  • Hudson Yards (with NBWLA), New York City American Institute of Architects
  • NYC AIDS Memorial, New York City American Institute of Architects.
  • D3 Natural Systems (with Suzanne Mathew)
  • The Shallow and The Fallow: Designs for the Changing Urban Landscape, ASLA
  •  ‘Traditional and New Forms of Project Delivery’ Professional Practice Week, Dalhousie School of Architecture, Halifax Canada
  • Cordes Innovation Award Keynote, ASHOKA U 2016 Exchange, New Orleans
  • ‘Community – University Partnerships’ Panel Discussion, Ashoka U 2016 Exchange, New Orleans


  • Designers, Citizens, and Citizen-Designers; charting new modes of engagement, collaboration, and project outcomes at the Tulane City Center, ACSA National Meeting (Presented by Emilie Taylor, co-authored with Emilie Taylor, Suzanne-Juliette Mobley)
  • Chapter in Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies, edited by Bryan Bell (co-authored with Emilie Taylor, Doug Harmon)
  • “Baltimore Water Works” Innovative Solutions for the Delta, 2010 (co-authored with Suzanne Mathew)
  • “Re-Urbanizing with Water: A Hydrological Perspective”, LUNCH, Volume 6, Systems, 2011, Editors: Beth Bailey, Jack Cochran, Joey Hays, Charles Sparkman. (co-authored with Suzanne Mathew)

Built Works

With Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects:

  • Brooklyn Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial, Brooklyn, NY
  • Hudson Yards East, New York, NY
  • Olana North Meadow Restoration, Hudson, NY
  • Overlook Farm Masterplan, Dalton, PA
  • Hudson Highlands Residence, Garrison, NY
  • Superior Ink Residence, New York, NY


  • Department Head Advisory Committee
  • Lectures and Exhibitions – Planning Committee
  • Undergraduate Recruitment Committee
  • Career Day Faculty Representative