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College of Environment and Design

Eric MacDonald



Phone: 706-542-0118
Street address: 105A Denmark Hall
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Biographical Information

Eric MacDonald is an Associate Professor who teaches environmental design history and landscape management in the college’s landscape architecture and historic preservation programs. His research focuses on American environmental history, and cultural landscape management. This work has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and a Fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. His professional experience includes cultural landscape documentation and management plans for Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Voyageurs National Park, and the grounds of the Wisconsin state capitol. In 2009 he co-founded the College of Environment and Design’s Cultural Landscape Laboratory, which initiated cultural landscape research and planning at Hyde Farm in metropolitan Atlanta, Wormsloe Plantation near Savannah, Georgia, and Stratford Hall Plantation on Virginia’s Northern Neck peninsula. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation. Since 2011, he has coordinated the Tanyard Creek Chew Crew, a student-led initiative to test the ecological, social, and cultural dimensions of prescribed grazing as a landscape management technique.


Ph.D., Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Architecture, University of Michigan
Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan
BS, Architecture, University of Michigan


Environmental history, historical ecology, and sustainable landscape management