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College of Environment and Design

Marianne Cramer



Phone: 706-542-7112
Street address: 107 Denmark Hall
Athens, GA 30602-1845
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Personal Interests

Drawing and guerilla gardening




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Biographical Information

Marianne Cramer is an Associate Professor at the College of Environment + Design. She currently teaches research strategies, contemporary landscape design theory, and undergraduate design studios. Prior to her academic career she was part of the team responsible for the plan to rebuild New York City’s Central Park. She was instrumental in strategizing a management plan for the woodland areas of the park and responsible for the design of the landscape surrounding the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Originally from western Pennsylvania, she grew up on a dairy farm and threw around a lot of bales of hay.


MLA, University of Georgia (1977) Research Thesis: The Role of Feedback in Design Systems
BA, Biology Thiel College (1969)

Research Interests

Professor Cramer’s current research focuses on how the principles of design thinking affect landscape design education and practice. Her secondary research interests of relevance to master-level research include cultural landscape management; adaptive planning, design and management; and new directions in design theory.

Selected Publications

  • Firth, Ian J. W. and Marianne Cramer. 1999. “Ecosystems and Preservation: Learning from New York’s Central Park” APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology 30(1)15-20. [Journal cover illustration]
  • Putnam, Karen and Marianne Cramer. 1999. New York’s 50 Best Places to Discover and Enjoy in Central Park. NYC: City & Company.
  • Rogers, Elizabeth Barlow, Marianne Cramer, Judith Heintz, Bruce Kelly and Philip Winslow. 1987. Rebuilding Central Park: A Management and Restoration Plan. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Honors and Awards

  • CE+D 2014 Alumni Award for Teaching
  • UGA College of Environment + Design 2013 Dean’s Award for Teaching Innovation