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Julieta Sherk

Associate Professor


Professor Julieta Trevino Sherk is a professional landscape architect and associate professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University and associate faculty in the department of Landscape architecture, has her own practice JTSLA, LLC.  She teaches seven different, diverse studios and lecture classes.  She works with her graduate students by infusing an evidence-based approach and uses environmental design research strategies to a variety of landscape studies with local and global impacts, which are published in peer-refereed journals.  She has coordinated participatory design executing a variety of service-learning projects with her students across communities in North Carolina, and internationally.

She promotes community and academic dialogue by advancing design excellence that contributes to the public sphere and improves the human/natural experience. She focuses on the use of artful landscapes and believes in the critical role they play in providing co-benefits in the quality of people’s life and the environment. These efforts have resulted in awards such as the Walter Raleigh Awards for Appearance, and the NC Association of Landscape Architects Merit Award. In 2017, she was honored with a William Fulbright Foreign Global Scholar Scholarship in Science and Technology to Querétaro, Mexico, where she worked with the design-build program, a service-learning living laboratory in the Architecture, Art and Design School at the Tecnologico de Monterrey. She uses the participatory design approach with unique methods and an intense collaborative process to produce a high level of impact and empowerment within the community. Through a holistic and systemic approach that contributes to the socio/cultural, economic development, and to the protection of the environment, she coordinates impact to the improvement of the quality of the community’s life. She uses Ethnographical research and participatory design methods where students receive hands-on educational experiences, working directly within and with the community, which culminate in co-design proposals of high social impact through key strategic actions including the construction of small-scale and environmentally responsible projects.



M.L.A. Minor in Horticulture Scienc North Carolina State University

M.L.A. Minor in Horticulture Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC B.S. Bachelor of Science in Biology Meredith College

Research Publications

Sherk, J.T., Cobreros, C. R. 2019, Rural Democratic Design: Participatory Design and Service Learning Strategies in Sustainable Development to Promote Civic Mindedness, proceedings International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, University of Strathclyde, UK

Moore, K.A. and L.K. Bradley, Editors. 2018. The North Carolina ExtensionGardener Handbook. NC State Extension, UNC Press, Chapel Hill, NC.
Published April 1, 2018
Hardcover ISBN:  978-1-4696-4125-6, 728 pages, 2,366 sold in 2018
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-4696-4942-9, 27 sold in 2018
Chapter 18-Plants Grown in Containers
Mays, D., K. Richter, L.K. Bradley, J. Sherk, M. Kistler, and J. Neal. 2018. Plants Grown in Containers, Chpt 18, In: Moore, K.A. and L.K. Bradley

Sanoff, H., Sherk, J.T., 2017, Translation: Diseño Juegos; Jugando para Conservar las Decisiones de Diseño Personales y Ambientales Design Games ISBN: 1015368873594, 13 9781536873597

Huang, X. and J. T. Sherk. 2014. Evaluation and comparison of sustainability performance, visual preference, and area use in residential landscapes, HortTechnology 24(3):318–324

Tilley–Asher C., J. T. Sherk, L. K. Bradley, J.M. Lelekacs, 2014. Design matters in community gardens, J. of Extension. 52(1):1TOT9

Sherk, J.T. 2013. A service learning approach to community engagement in a study abroad design course in Córdoba, Mexico. NACTA Journal 57: 8–14 (special global edition)

Sherk, J. T. 2010. The Parque Del Este: a modernist landscape in Latin America.  In: Landscape Legacy: Landscape Architecture and Planning Between Art and Science, Maastricht Netherlands.  Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture pp.146–148.