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Schurch, Tom, Ph.D., AICP, ASLA

Schurch, Tom, Ph.D., AICP, ASLA

Professor of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture

Office: Lee 3-109
Phone: 864-656-1055

Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington

Curriculum Vitae

Tom Schurch is a Professor of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture. He earned the Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington and the Master of Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, where he worked closely with landscape architect and ecologist John Lyle. Professor Schurch is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is licensed in landscape architecture. He practiced landscape architecture for several years prior to entering higher education approximately 25 years. His practice experience ranges from large-scale land use planning to intimate spaces in urban and suburban settings and includes a background in environmental analysis, and land surveying.

He has worked for clients in the public and private sectors, various user groups, and a variety of venues in the West, Midwest, and Southeast. Professor Schurch’s teaching duties have been as varied as his practice experience and include studios, lecture courses, and seminars where he frequently combines facets of applications of planning and landscape architecture. His research interests include meaning in built and natural environments, regionalism, urban design and urban form.