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Ann Kearsley


Ann Kearsley RLA, MLAUD

Ann Kearsley is a lecturer in the Urban Landscape Program at Northeastern University and teaches courses in plant identification and planting design. These courses combine field work, research and readings linking the physical characteristics of New England’s plant communities with the cultural history and environmental impact of human occupation and settlement in the region.

Ann is a registered landscape architect and urban designer and the owner and founding principal of Ann Kearsley Design (est. 1983) based in Portland, Maine. AKD specializes in ecologically based landscape design, connecting landscape form and spatial structure to the dynamics of a site’s natural systems and the enhancement of ecosystem function. The firm’s work ranges from large-scale master planning to public parks and private gardens, and includes extensive expertise in the planning and design of agricultural landscapes where farming operations are integrated with experiential educational programming, research and community outreach.

Ann holds masters’ degrees in both landscape architecture and urban design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and an AB in English literature from Dartmouth College. She is a frequent presenter at local and regional conferences on ecological landscape design and stormwater management and, since 2016, has chaired workshops and symposia on the integration of landscape architecture and ecological restoration at the Society for Ecological Restoration’s International and European Conferences (Iceland 2018, Brazil 2017, Germany 2016).

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  • MLA -Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • MLAUD - Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • BA Dartmouth College


  • (Academic) Nominated for CAMD Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018
  • 'The GO Home' USGBC LEED for Homes 2011 'Project of the Year'
  • 'Bright Built Barn' USGBC LEED for Homes 'Innovative Project of the Year'

Courses Taught

  • LARC 2430 Plant Identification
  • LARC 2440 Planting Design
  • LARC 2230 Site Materials and Methods
  • LARC 2240 Sustainable Site Construction

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Landscape Architects

CLARB (CLARB Certified Landscape Architect)

Society for Ecological Restoration

Ecological Landscape Alliance

Research Interests

  • Agricultural & Productive Landscapes
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Green Infrastructure / Stormwater Management
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Master Planning
  • Urban Design