Travis Flohr is a lecturer in the department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State. As a landscape architect and planner, his research and applied work focuses on spatially evaluating the performance of landscape architectural designs and urban and regional planning policy related to ecosystem services, green infrastructure, and natural hazards. To understand and design within complex social and natural systems, Travis uses an iterative design process utilizing traditional mixed-methods research methodologies, geospatial analyses, geospatial modeling, and spatial statistics. His contributions to design and planning seek to foster healthy, safe, and just communities across the urban to rural transect. Travis integrates his research into his teaching via problem-based learning courses in order to support local communities. His courses involve a novel blend of theory, research and design methodology, design process, and technology. Travis has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. His current courses have addressed ecological literacy and nature-based play for Lowell Elementary in Madison, WI; re-envisioning Winnequah Park in Monona, WI; and pollinator habitat for urban food systems in Dane County, WI.
He holds a BLA and MSLA from The Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, Travis is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado in Design and Planning, specifically in the Sustainability and Healthy Environments track.
For six years, Travis worked professionally in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia on a wide range of projects spanning the urban and rural continuum: from 400-square foot urban courtyards to regional policy to trail master plans. He has experience managing a wide variety of consultants, including engineers, planners, architects, landscape architects, ecologists, biologists, and researchers. His projects total more than $500,000,000 in constructed value. Travis’ professional work, like his research interests, centered on the belief that design and planning can be ecologically sensitive, resilient, and service human needs.
Research interests include: wildfire design and policy, design and policy performance evaluation, land use policy, ecological planning, green infrastructure, ecosystem services, GIS, spatial analysis and modeling, resiliency