Professor of Landscape Architecture
MLA Harvard GSD, 1980
BA University of Maryland, 1976
Urban Design (Pedestrian Networks)
Quantitative and Qualitative Measures of Design Impact
Multi-Disciplinary Engagement on Health and Safety Issues on the Land
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Her work has resulted in award wining streets and gardens all with a focus on increasing holistic health for communities and providing for those who walk.
Her travels have afforded her the opportunity to study landscapes that have been used for their health and healing properties.
Research in the relationship between discreet attributes of the landscape and health behavior has led her to her current research in contemplative walking.
In addition to lecturing and publishing in Landscape Architecture, Jody has lectured to the American Public Health Association, and the Transportation Research Board on the typology of pedestrian healing landscapes: on the Barefoot Garden, the Eruv and the Labyrinth. Her work seeks to identify connections between landscapes developed and designed to provide a healing and healthy and interludes from intense urban living.
Jody has also worked in Artificial Intelligence developing prototypical tools for recording the neurological and cognitive responses to qualitative features in the landscape that affect the choice to walk for health.
She has worked with her students in developing a series of outdoor “experiments” or “plays” that facilitate a deeper personal understanding of the relationships of people and place and has contributed research in policy and programming to the Safe Routes to School movement.
Disaster life cycles and design for mitigation provided an opportunity to extend the outreach and community service dimension of her multi-disciplinary design studios, training her students for work in resilience and recovery.
Distinguished Irving Professor. Ball State University. 2010