Sean Michael

Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning (LAEP)

Professor | FCELA


Sean Michael

Contact Information

Office Location: FAV 252
Phone: 435-797-0509
Email: sean.michael@usu.edu

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 holds a joint appointment in Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Outdoor Product Design & Development. He served on the faculty at Texas Tech and Washington State Universities before joining USU in 2008. His PhD (Virginia Tech) focused on the relationship between landscapes and criminal behavior. He practiced in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Colorado, before studying environmental psychology and design through an MLA at Texas A&M University. While earning a BSLA at West Virginia University, he served as the first landscape intern at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater". He is a Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Michael's instructional foci include preparing future faculty for academic careers, professional practice, sustainability, the history of outdoor products, and the outdoor recreation economy. He has taught Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), connecting professionals and students with techniques for improving user safety through the planning of safe sites. His instruction in land development in the West has centered on "gateway communities" and their relationship with public lands. His classes involve community and industry partners to connect students with real-world, hands-on learning opportunities.

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.<br>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).<br>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.

Awards

Faculty in Residence, 2021

Design Workshop

Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2019

Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design, West Virginia University

Fellow, 2019

Council of Educators in Landscape Architeture

Distinguished Alumni Award, 2018

College of Architecture / Texas A&M University

Outstanding Administrator, 2015

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

"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


Publications | Abstracts

  • Michael, S.E, Balancing Business and Design: Inside the Operations of an Award-winning Landscape Architecture Firm.. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
  • Michael, S.E, Odology – Lessons from J. B. Jackson’s Life on the Road.. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
  • 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, (2013). The case for a scholarship of business practices in landscape architecture.. 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

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Curriculum

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

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.

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | MultiMedia

Video

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Technical Reports

Research Reports

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

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

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

Magazine/Trade Publications

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

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Teaching

OPDD 1750 - History of Outdoor Products, Spring 2022
LAEP 4910, 6160 - Professional Communication and Leadership, Spring 2022
LAEP 2039 - Foundations of Sustainable Systems, Fall 2021
LAEP 7800 - Introduction to the Professoriate, Fall 2021
OPDD 1750 - History of the Outdoor Product Industry, Spring 2020
LAEP 7800 - Introduction to the Professoriate, Fall 2019
LAEP 6930 - Reading Seminar II, Fall 2019
OPDD 3900 - Special Problems in Outdoor Product Design and Development, Summer 2019
OPDD 1750 - History of the Outdoor Product Industry, Spring 2019
LAEP 7800 - Introduction to the Professoriate, Fall 2018
OPDD 1700 - Outdoor Product Design and Development Professional Seminar, Fall 2018
OPDD 1750 - History of the Outdoor Product Industry, Spring 2018
LAEP 6910 - Reading Seminar I, Spring 2018
LAEP 6860 - Faculty/Interdisciplinary Seminar I, Fall 2017
LAEP 6960 - Masters Project, Fall 2017
OPDD 1700 - Outdoor Product Design and Development Professional Seminar, Fall 2017
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