Gene Bressler, FASLA

Gene Bressler, FASLA

Gene Bressler, FASLA

Professor of Landscape Architecture

Email: gene_bressler@ncsu.edu Phone: (919) 515-8342


  • Master in Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1970
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, SUNY ESF, 1968


Professor Bressler was appointed head of the Department of Landscape Architecture in 2006. He teaches the First-Year Fall MLA Design Studio along with Professor Art Rice and was appointed to the College’s PhD Faculty and the University’s Environmental Science Faculty.  Bressler works with and mentors the faculty and students on their scholarship, teaching, and careers. His areas of research and teaching focus on urban growth, sustainable development, and the planning and design strategies for “Challenging Suburbia.” In June 2009, he co-authored with University of Colorado Professor Allan Wallis the chapter, “Oh Give Me Land, Lots of Land,” for the book Healing the West by Professor Patricia Limerick.

Bressler serves on the Dean’s Administrative Council and Steering Committee for the College’s Annual Urban Design Forum, the Campus Review Panel and the Provost’s Department Head Advisory Council. Bressler also sits on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  In 2009, Governor Perdue appointed him to the NC Board of Landscape Architects. Since 2010 Gene has co-represented NC State University on the Blue Ridge Road District Planning and Design Task Force.

From 1997 to 2006, Bressler served as Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Colorado, Denver.  For several years, he co-taught an annual series of advanced interdisciplinary design studios, “Challenging Suburbia,” with Architecture Professor Keith Loftin that focused on challenging existing residential community design development paradigms.  In 2003, he was named Director of the Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism and was responsible for producing the 2004 and 2005 “Colorado Tomorrow” public forum that focused on population and urban growth challenges facing the State.  He was a founding member and president of the Colorado Community Design Network and consulting principal with the Denver-based firms Landscape Strategies and Design Studios West.  In addition, he chaired the College’s Information Technologies Committee charged with creating and implementing the College’s Interdisciplinary IT Strategic Plan focused on the integration of computer aided design, visualization and modeling, and GIS hardware and software technologies.

Bressler taught at the University of Oregon, Eugene, from 1971 to 1984. There, his teaching and research activities focused on landscape suitability modeling methods used to evaluate opportunities and constraints to development, infrastructural development costs, environmental impacts, and alternative urban planning and design strategies.  This led to his accepting a position from 1985 to 1995 with Dynamic Graphics, Inc., the developer of internationally recognized software used in numerous terrain modeling and visualization applications.

In 2006, Bressler was recognized with the national award Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) for his leadership and for his contributions to teaching.  In 2007, he was awarded Fellow by the American Society of Landscape Architects.  At the request of Dean Emeritus Marvin Malecha, Gene delivered the Fall 2010 College of Design Commencement Address, “Game Changing One’s Way to the Main Thing.”