Andrew Fox, FASLA, PLA
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University Faculty Scholar, and Co-Director, NC State Coastal Dynamics Design Lab
Affiliated Faculty, NCSU College of Natural Resources + Center for Geospatial Analytics
Faculty Affiliate, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
110 Kamphoefner Hall
Andrew “Andy” Fox is a Professor, University Faculty Scholar, and NC State University Community Engaged Faculty Fellow. He is also a licensed landscape architect, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a co-founding director of the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (est. 2013), an interdisciplinary research and design initiative that addresses critical ecological and community development challenges in coastal regions and shoreline communities. Additionally, Professor Fox founded the NC State Landscape Architecture Design+Build Program, which he directed from its inception in 2010 until 2017.
Professor Fox specializes in the development and management of high-performing public landscapes, with expertise in natural infrastructure, resiliency planning, community design, and land/water conservation assessment. The programs and projects developed by Professor Fox have been published and presented domestically and internationally, including venues such as Landscape Architecture Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, Curbed, Architect’s Newspaper, Journal of Green Building, Sustainabilty, TCLF Landslide, LAF Landscape Performance Series, ASLA Landscape Architecture Techinical Information Series (LATIS), Cooper Hewitt Design Journal, Parks Stewardship Forum, and Landscape Research Record.
Professor Fox’s research and sponsored project portfolio totals more than $3M. Under his direction, project outcomes have resulted in an additional $5M+ in direct-to-community grants for project partners. Prior to his appointment at NC State, he served on the faculty at the University of Georgia College of Environment + Design and practiced in the U.S. Pacific NW. In total, Professor Fox’s impacts on the field have been recognized by 50+ awards spanning the realms of teaching, research, design, and engagement.
Master of Landscape Architecture Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Louisiana State University
Bachelor of General Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts University of Michigan
Area(s) of Expertise
Community Resilience Planning and Design, Hazard Recovery and Mitigation, Green Infrastructure + Low Impact Development, High Performance Landscapes, Natural Resource Conservation, Landscape Construction
Rivers are the lifeblood of the communities throughout eastern North Carolina. The communities that occupy the edges of waterways owe their location and existence to the abundant resources provided by their corresponding rivers, tributaries, and floodplains. These natural features have made lasting physical and cultural impressions that continue to shape and influence both local community and greater region. Recognizing that rivers and communities are inseparable, the processes and products outlined in the following proposal are guided by a process referred to as a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œfloodprintÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â a landscape planning approach developed by the NC State University Coastal Dynamics Design Lab that addresses land/water relationships, including the powerful forces associated with flooding. The goal of each Community Floodprint is to help increase social and physical resilience within their respective focus area(s), specifically through recommending strategies that reduce flood risk, improve public safety, and enhance long-term environmental function within historically flood-prone areas. All aspects of the process aspire to co-create actionable plans used to attract resources that enable communities to forge ahead through the difficult tasks of rebuilding and preparing for future natural disasters.
The ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government will coordinate a project team to provide these deliverables: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Design standards for local governments and training for local staff on these new design standards, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Training communities to better link local disaster planning (hazard mitigation) to historic resource resiliency planning, and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Disaster preparedness and response training for state agency personnel, local governments, and non-profit historic sites. The NC State University (NCSU) Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL) will take the lead in drafting information on best practices related to hazard mitigation and resiliency of historically significant built structures and landscapes. These activities may include articulation of non-structural, cultural- and heritage-based practices (i.e., historic sites, places of community memory, etc.). The CDDL will also take the lead on generating technical drawings, diagrams, maps, or other graphic illustrations identified by the team. Lastly, the CDDL will lead the design and assembly of the final document, with input and support from the team. The document will be formatted for distribution in digital and hardcopy formats.
â€œSeeding Resilienceâ€ will convert vacant town-owned parcels to green infrastructure and community gardens. It will also employ local youth to build a recreational trail adjacent to a new farmers market in a park adjacent to the Tar River. This project is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted resilience engagement with and for the Town of Princeville, NC, the nationâ€™s first town chartered by African Americans following emancipation. Princeville has been subject to repeated devastating floods. In this proposal, project partners build on their history of learning and cooperation with the residents of Princeville to implement a second round of community enhancements aimed at increasing resilience of property and people. The project incorporates lessons from initial collaborations that established overarching goals for the partnership: follow community-driven decision-making at every stage; move decisively from planning to implementation; build local knowledge and economic opportunity; and develop replicable strategies that address community environmental, economic, and social needs.
The CDDL will provide the City of Lumberton technical assistance and capacity building support for the following activities: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Assist with the development and selection of third party project design consultants and contractors via a city-administered RFQ/RFP process ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Advise on project-related design, engineering and permitting activities ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Participate on internal project design reviews ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Assist with the development of a management plan for the project area
NC State University Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL) will complete grant administration and project management tasks as described in the awarded North Carolina Environmental Enhancement Grant (NC EEG) for the project titled: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPollocksville Floodprint: Construction of Publicly Accessible Wetlands at Riverfront Park.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â The CDDL will provide community technical assistance and administrative support to ensure that project reporting and fiscal oversight activities are executed in accordance with requirements set forth by the grantor. The CDDL will also assist the Town of Pollocksville in facilitating the following tasks listed in the approved NC EEG project timeline: draft and issue RFQ/RFPs; facilitate schematic design review(s); oversee compliance of permitting activities; conduct site visits; coordinate deliverables with selected vendors; create a maintenance plan; and assist with planning a community planting day.
North Carolina has developed an innovative and successful environmental enhancement program over the last two decades based on measures to improve water quality throughout the state. In addition to continued water quality issues, the state is increasingly beset with vast problems of flooding and excess water quantities during major storm events. This project will focus on assessing means to use the existing practices and projects that have been employed by the North Carolina Environmental Enhancement Grant Program (EEG) and other state and federal conservation agencies and grants organizations can be used to provide co-benefits of water quantity and flood reduction or amelioration. Lead Partners for this project include NC State UniversityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s College of Natural Resources (CNR) and College of Design (CoD), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and the NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation (S&W). The Project Partners will assess green infrastructure and natural resource mitigation solutions to determine if they can provide valuable co-benefits of flood reduction and disaster resilience, and cooperate with government and nongovernment organizations, agricultural producers, and community stakeholders to design and implement ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFloodWiseÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â programs. FloodWise will help develop programs for farms and agricultural communities in Eastern North Carolina (ENC), including Farm Demonstrations of best management practices for water quality and flood mitigation.
Educational needs will be addressed through the development of a new 3-credit hour course titled Disaster Resilient Policy, Engineering, and Design and assisting FEMA operationalize the intent of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA). The results of the DRRA work will be incorporated into classes taught at North Carolina State University as part of a new Graduate Degree Program led by the PI of this CRC project. The new course proposed for development will serve as one of three required core courses in the 13-credit hour interdisciplinary certificate program. The certificate program will include three tracks: 1) policy, 2) engineering, and 3) design. The certificate is intended to foster interdisciplinary learning through case studies, studio-based coursework, interaction with experts from multiple fields of scholarship and practice, and deep community engagement. This approach draws on the findings of a Department of Homeland Security-supported study assessing the quality of Resilient Design Curricula at United States Colleges and Universities led by the PI of this project. The certificate also draws on lessons derived from the Year 4 work associated with the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative, which provided unique educational, research, and engagement opportunities for students and participating faculty. The new course will be taught for the first time in the Spring of 2020. In addition, this project will address educational needs through the hiring of a PhD student to assist in the development of policy recommendations and strategies to implement the new Federal pre-disaster hazard mitigation program as required under the Disaster Recovery Reform Act and to conduct research on the role of states in developing the local capacity needed to implement the provisions of the DRRA. The research assessing the role of states in hazard mitigation and local capacity building will build upon previous work led by the PI of this project which focused on the role of states in hazard mitigation planning as part of a six-year study funded by the Department of Homeland SecurityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Office of Science and Technology. The results of the policy counsel and data collected may inform the dissertation topic of the PhD student hired to assist the PI.
Too often, rural communities attempting to recover from or prepare for natural hazards lack the local economic and technical capacity to adequately respond to the systemic and emerging threats of climate change. As a result, many small towns in rural America are grouped en masse into planning strategies that remove people from direct environmental risks, but also from the places and social systems required for their full community health. This proposal highlights the need for in-situ adaptation to climate change as a viable and necessary alternative for community rebuilding and redevelopment, particularly in the rural context. This study will compare and contrast standardized, national disaster relief policies against constructs of rural ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œbuying powerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and geographic mobility patterns of disaster survivors to: i) illustrate the need for more inclusive, climate-responsive land planning solutions for rural communities; and ii) develop a transferable framework that describes actionable approaches landscape architects can take to support under-resourced rural communities achieve their recovery and resilience goals.
Per the NC State Coastal Dynamics Design Lab site visit conducted on January 21, 2020, it is the belief that the subject property located at: 3301 Terminal Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina contains features that would allow portions of the property to qualify for federally and/or state recognized conservation easements. Specifically, the purposes of: Outdoor Recreation (Treas. Reg. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§1.170A-14) and Floodplain Protection (N.C. House Bill 905 Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§105-153.11) appear to be most pertinent given the presence of multi-acre floodplains along two USGS blue-line streams within the property boundaries, and the Capital Area Greenway recommendations to include greenways along these waterways that connect to Crabtree Creek. The following components are recommended to be completed for 3301 Terminal Drive as they relate to conservation purpose and public benefit.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œSeeding ResilienceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â will design and install green infrastructure on the grounds of the recently renovated and floodproofed Princeville Elementary School building. This project is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted resilience engagement with and for the Town of Princeville, NC, the nationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s first town chartered by African Americans following emancipation. In this proposal, project partners will build on their history of learning and cooperation with the people of Princeville to implement a series of green and gray infrastructure enhancements. The specific project will reduce flood risks at the school and the adjacent 49-unit Asbury Park apartments, a Section 8, Project-based Rental Assistance complex for low-income families. It will also create an educational trail from the school toward the historic Waterfront Park along the Tar River. As important, it will help rebuild confidence in the townÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s future. Princeville Elementary is located within the heart of the townÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s civic core and is within short walking distance to other municipal buildings, communal points of interest, and multi-family residential developments. Princeville Elementary is a pivotal location for the Town of PrincevilleÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s rebuilding efforts.
Recent efforts undertaken by the NC State University Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL) have provided various Eastern North Carolina communities with technical assistance focused on design and programming strategies for both short-term rebuilding activities and long-term resiliency planning. These efforts have successfully contributed to increasing local capacity related to aspects of community development, recreation and heritage-based tourism, management of public landscapes, navigating disaster recovery processes, and identifying and leveraging funding sources. Outcomes of these efforts include citizen engagement activities, policy and programming recommendations, planning reports and design plans, and construction and installation of numerous community amenities. The development and delivery of the Pollocksville Community Floodprint will advance these and other projects the CDDL has generated for and with Eastern NC communities. Outcomes of this research will focus on flood-risk reduction and enhancements to public safety, most specifically related to repetitive flood-loss properties and improvements to long-term environmental and civic functions within this historically flood-prone community.
The requested funding will advance recovery and rebuilding activities within two Lumberton Floodprint focus areas: 1) Meadow Branch Floodway Restoration adjacent to the Best Drive neighborhood, and 2) Repurposing the Scottish Meatpacking Plant property into an environmental outreach and education amenity associated with the Lumber River State Park and/or NC Wildlife Resource Commission. The funding will support research, engagement, design, and communication activities including, but not limited to:  a minimum of three (3) community workshops to elicit participation and input from neighborhood residents and two (2) meetings with city council/staff;  hydrologic modeling and development of schematic restoration concepts for Meadow Branch;  development of schematic design alternatives for both project areas to be used by the city as evidence/leverage for seeking larger implementation grants and to inform respective requests for proposals (RFPs); and  continued evaluation of issues and opportunities related to both Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence impacts (i.e., FEMA flood map updates, incorporation of new property acquisition data, etc.), including associated updates and revisions to the Lumberton Floodprint.
This project will focus on the assessment of conservation purpose for an area surrounding and including a rural, 600+ acre golf course and housing development in Beaufort, North Carolina. Project objectives: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Contribute expertise in land and water resource management to ongoing efforts to assist in advancing conservation and sustainable development practices. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Draw on current research to inform the development of best practices capable of simultaneously protecting the siteÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s natural resources and promoting/leveraging its infrastructure assets. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Explore planning, design, and management strategies to identify areas whose highest and best use may be protection via conservation easement. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Develop transferable lessons and recommendations related to responsible and resilient land management tools and techniques in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions of the United States. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Highlight the importance of research, planning, and design in protecting health, safety, and welfare.
The project will identify and illustrate potential conservation programming related to the stated conservation purpose as defined in the propertyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s conservation easement Baseline Documentation Report (BDR). Additionally, as a component of the project teamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s due diligence, research efforts will align programmatic recommendations for the subject property with State and Local conservation, planning and/or recreation plans and policies, should they exist.
The requested funding will advance recovery and rebuilding activities related to assessing and prioritizing vacant and underutilized parcels for their conservation and mitigation potential(s). The funding will support research, engagement, design, and communication activities including, but not limited to:  meetings with community leaders (i.e., town board/staff) to elicit input regarding items such as: short- and long-term issues, opportunities, goals, and management capacity;  assessment and prioritization of vacant and underutilized parcels;  development of schematic programmatic alternatives to be used by the town and/or partners as evidence/leverage for seeking larger procurement/implementation grants and to inform respective requests for proposals (RFPs); and  continued evaluation of issues and opportunities related to the impacts of both extreme events (i.e., Hurricane Matthew) and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œeverydayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â nuisance flooding. These activities will incorporate FEMA flood map updates, new property acquisition data, and etcetera, as they become available.
This project will conduct research to determine the highest and best potential uses of the subject land holdings contained within the existing Rivercrest Historic District (Vestal, NY) property boundaries and affiliated land holdings under ownership of North Star Group, LLC. Using the Coastal Dynamics Design LabÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s expertise in ecological and landscape planning, community design and sustainable land development practices, the project team will conduct analyses to identify and describe land use scenarios that highlight the educational and recreational potential of the site. Recommendations will be informed by (1) novel approaches to conservation/preservation planning, and (2) parks, recreation, and tourism proposals already published by surroundings municipalities. The project team will consider environmental, social, and economic factors with the surrounding region, including transportation, infrastructure, development patterns, and population trends. Emphasis will be placed on exploring options tied to the propertyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s existing assets and potential uses and, when available, city/town, county, state and regional programs. The research team will investigate various environmental design strategies across a range of spatial and temporal scales. These strategies will be informed by open space planning and management best practices within the context of high-performing, low impact landscapes and will reflect current codes and standards, including possible obstacles to implementation and suggested changes needed to meet the projectÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s recommended conservation / preservation goals and objectives.
The primary goal of this project is to continue community assistance activities in the Town of Princeville, North Carolina. Specifically, the project will work with community and agency county, state, and federal) partners to 1) design, fabricate, and install wayfinding and interpretive signage related to historic and cultural tourism sites and programs, and 2) design, procure, and (when appropriate) help install street trees in significant civic locations.
This project will conduct research to determine the highest and best potential uses of the subject properties located in the Town of Holden Beach, NC. Using the Coastal Dynamics Design LabÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s expertise in ecological and landscape planning, community resilience, and coastal hazard mitigation, the project team will conduct analyses to identify and describe multiple land use scenarios. The study will evaluate contextual factors and resilient solutions that are appropriate for a barrier island. Recommendations will address how novel approaches to architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design can inform a variety of sustainably-driven schema relevant to uses for the subject properties, and complementary of the surrounding community character. As a component of the teamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s anticipated due diligence, research efforts will align recommendations with local and state ordinances and policies, as appropriate. Findings will be used to establish a baseline set of guidelines for ensuing development. By conducting such research, the study will utilize environmental, social, economic, and legal determinants to create a single, concise narrative for positioning the properties toward recommended uses.
With a focus on developing innovative, resilient planning and design strategies for flood-prone communities in North Carolina, the principles that guide the proposed project are to build capacity, extend the reach, and transfer knowledge of existing and novel research and best practices related to landscape planning, design, and management strategies, tools, policies, and procedures. This project represents a collaborative effort with the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative (HMDRRI) to implement and operationalize broader open space concepts developed in the summer of 2017, through what is referred to as the Homeplace document. The primary goal of the project is to assist in the development of design strategies that support the long-term function, health, and vitality of communities located in an historically flood-prone North Carolina community, Lumberton. The proposed project will contribute to the ongoing HMDRRI work by developing an open space planning, design, and management framework for public lands that: 1) were directly impacted by Hurricane MatthewÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s floodwaters, 2) are within the 100-year floodplain (and possibly the 500 year), and/or 3) adjoin or are near floodplains, riverine systems, and/or existing parklands.
With a focus on developing innovative, resilient strategies for land and water resources in the mid-Atlantic region, the proposed project's guiding principles are to build capacity, extend the reach, and transfer knowledge of existing a novel landscape planning, management, and conservation tools and techniques. The research will most specifically focus on potential programmatic opportunities capable of generating local regional recreation, research, and education uses of two subject properties, one in Raleigh NC and one in Beaufort NC.
Honors and Awards
- 2022 NC State University Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award // Coastal Dynamics Design Lab
- 2021 NCASLA Honor Award in Analysis + Planning // Nicks Creek Longleaf Reserve: Conservation + Programming Study
- 2021 NCASLA Merit Award in Analysis + Planning // Princeville Community Floodprint: Resiliency Strategies for Greater Princeville
- 2020 ASLA National Honor Award in Analysis + Planning // Lumberton Community Floodprint: Strategies for Repurposing Vulnerable Landscapes After Disaster
- 2020 NCASLA Award of Excellence in Research // Twin Creeks Conservation Purpose + Public Benefit Study
- 2020 NCASLA Honor Award in Analysis + Planning // Sycamore Creek Site Analysis and Planning Study
- 2020 NCASLA Honor Award in Communications // North Carolina Coastal Planting Templates
- 2019 Inductee // ASLA Council of Fellows
- 2019 ASLA Southeast Regional Conference (SERC) Award of Excellence in Analysis + Planning // Lumberton Floodprint: Strategies for Repurposing Vulnerable Landscapes After Disaster
- 2019 ASLA SERC Honor Award in Research // Urban Water Rx: Prescribing Conservation through the Measurement of Two Urban Reservoirs
- 2019 ASLA SERC Merit Award in Analysis + Planning // Greater Princeville: Design Strategies to Restore and Celebrate America’s Oldest Black Town
- 2018 ASLA National Honor Award in Communications // Homeplace: A Conversation Guide for Six Communities, Rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew
- 2018 NCASLA President’s Council Award
- 2018 Virginia Design Medalist
- 2018 NCASLA Communications Award of Excellence // Homeplace: A Conversation Guide for Six Communities, Rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew
- 2018 NCASLA Research Honor Award // North Carolina Tidal Creeks Study
- 2017 NC State University Center for Geospatial Analytics Faculty Fellow
- 2016 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Excellence in Teaching Award
- 2016 NCASLA Research Merit Award // Landscape Architecture Foundation Case Study Investigation Program
- 2015 Landscape Architecture Foundation Case Study Investigation Research Fellow
- 2015 NCASLA Award of Excellence in Analysis + Planning // Shedding [b]Light: New Orleans
- 2014 Inductee // NC State University Community Engaged Faculty Fellows
- 2014 Inductee // NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers
- 2014 NC State University Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award
- 2014 NC State University Outstanding Teacher Award
- 2014 NC State University College of Design Outstanding Teacher Award
- 2014 NC State University Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award // Landscape Architecture Design+Build Studio
- 2012 NC State University Faculty Scholar
- 2012 NC State University Outstanding Extension Service Award
- 2012 Inductee // NC State University Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension
- 2011 NC State University Earthwise Award for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Sustainability on Campus
- State of Change: Stories of resilience from the people on the front lines of climate change in NC
- New state partnership to support local planning for community resilience
- Turning the tide for flood-prone communities
- A HIstory of Resilience
- In Ida’s wake, America’s rural communities need better protection—cities can’t hog climate adaptation
- Three Towns / Three Rivers
- Teamwork that Addresses Flooding Challenges
- Hands, Heart, History and Hope