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Kofi Boone, FASLA

Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning


Professor Boone focuses on the changing nature of communities, and developing tools for enhanced community engagement and design. Through scholarship, teaching, and extension service, Professor Boone works in the landscape context of environmental justice, and his research includes the use of new media as a means of increasing community input in design and planning processes. Professor Boone is the recipient of several awards including the Opal Mann Green Engagement Scholarship Award, the Department of Landscape Architecture Professor of the Year, and the Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher.

Professor Boone developed the use of new media and digital tools to more effectively engage Environmental Justice communities. In addition to traditional workshop-based approaches, Professor Boone has extensive experience with a wide array of tools. For the Old Carver School Vision Plan, digital video shorts were developed to provide stakeholders with highly graphic introductions to the principles of defensible space and urban security. For Idlewild, Michigan, DVDs of narrated digital video summaries were distributed to community residents and a website was created to post videos and engage those unable to participate in design workshops. Additionally, an online survey was used to solicit feedback. For the South Park East Raleigh Neighborhood Preservation and History Program, a protocol for stakeholder self-authored digital videos was developed to allow residents to independently conduct asset-mapping using smartphones. The resultant digital videos were mapped, made available to the public using an online map, and used in support of designation of a cultural district.

Professor Boone serves as co-director of the College of Design’s Ghana Study Abroad Program and taught 6 courses in West Africa. Most recently, he led anInternational Service Learning partnership with Women In Progress/Global Mamasto develop concepts for new facilities and product lines. The partnership featured direct engagement with Batik artists, and field documentation of Ghanaian craft villages. The coursework was featured in several venues including on theHuffington Post.

Boone’s published articles appear in journals including PrismIntensions and Journal of Tourism Analysis. His work is featured in the Journal of Planning Literature, and the recently published book, Becoming a Landscape Architect. Professor Boone is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), serving as the past state liaison to the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS). He served as a presenter at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), the Environmental Design and Research Association (EDRA) the American Society of Landscape Architecture National Meeting and Expo, and at numerous Colleges and Universities.

Prior to joining the faculty at NC State University, Kofi was a studio leader at JJR (formerly Johnson, Johnson, and Roy) working on a wide range of interdisciplinary urban design and planning projects. He received his Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan. Focus Area – Urban design, design of public spaces, environmental justice, visual communication.


  • I-PARK: Parks for Kids
    This is a video translation project interpreting research findings from a multi-disciplinary team at NC State University investigating local park use in Durham North Carolina. Findings include recommendations for adapting existing local parks, and their neighborhood infrastructure, to promote an active lifestyle.
  • “Cellphone Diaries”, Block2 Gallery Video
    This video summarizes narrative themes for Cellphone Diaries; a participatory video asset mapping process that used smartphones to document important places in Raleigh’s Chavis Park. This video was prepared for a Gallery exhibition in Raleigh, NC.
  • “Racialized Topography”: CELA 2010
    This video documents a paper presentation at CELA 2010. It applies the southeastern regional concept of racialized topography to urban landscapes in North Carolina, and presents community design work that attempts to invert the value of lowlying land.
  • Town Common Park Oral History, Part of the Town Common Park Master Plan process
    This video features highlights of an oral history project conducted to identify key historic themes to inform a park master plan in Greenville, NC.



Master of Landscape Architecture University of Michigan 1995

Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources University of Michigan 1992

Research Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:

  • Boone, Kofi “Disembodied voices, embodied places: Mobile technology and interpreting place”, Landscape and Urban Planning special issue: Critical approaches for landscape visualization (under review)
  • Boone, Kofi “Cellphone Diaries: Mobile Technology and Self-Authored Digital Videos in Asset Mapping”, PRISM: Journal of Regional Engagement, Fall 2012
  • Boone, Kofi, Carol Kline, Laura Johnson, Lee-Anne Milburn and Kathleen Rieder, “Development of Visitor Identity through Study Abroad in Ghana”, Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism, Space, Place and Environment, May 2012
  • The Resilience of Ruinous Futures: Race, Urbanism, and Ecology in the post-Jim Crow South”, Uncommon Ground: Everyday Aesthetics and the Intensionality of the Public Realm, Intensions, Issue 2.0, Spring 2009

Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations:

  •  “Forces shaping Ghana’s cities: Passive, Active and Reactive Urbanism”, Emerging Landscapes Conference, University of Westminster, UK, June 2010

Book Reviews:

  • Hester, Randolph T. 2006 Design for Ecological Democracy, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, Journal of Planning Literature, Volume 23, Number 1, August 2008

Peer Reviewed Publications:

  • Climate Change, Design and Land Planning: Towards the Development of and Application of Best Practices in North Carolina, Position paper submitted to the Chancellor, October 2008
  • Is Green the New Black? Exploring the Disconnect Between Commmunities of Color and Green Design Influence, College of Design Student Publication, 2008

Conference Proceedings:

  • “The effects of small group participation in creating livable environments”, Sanoff H., Boone K., Pasalar C., Gaudio B., EDRA 44, 2013
  • “International Service-Learning as Revolutionary Pedagogy: Design Projects of Community and Consciousness”, Sanoff H., Boone K. Hou J., Sherk J., EDRA 43, 2012
  •  “Racialized Topography As Generative Design Tool: Community Design in Situations with Inequitable Land Patterns”, with Celen Pasalar, CELA 2010, Maastricht, Netherlands
  •  “Triggers for Ecological Thinking: Alternative Pathways to Environmental Awareness in Community Design Process”, with Celen Pasalar, CELA 2010, Maastricht, Netherlands
  •  “Homeland Insecurity: Can Agritourism and Landscape Architecture Work Together to Preserve Rural Heritage and Foster Economic Development?”, with Carol Kline CELA 2007
  • Justice or Just Us? Exploring the Overlap Between Landscape Architecture and Environmental Justice”, CELA 2005, Athens, GA, 2005

Book Chapters:

  • Bose, Mallika and Sigmund Shipp ed., Recalling and Remembering Community: Cell Phone Diaries, Community Matters, Taylor and Francis (2014)

Book Contributor:

  • Foster, Kelleann Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ 2010