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Brad Collett


School of Landscape Architecture

Brad is an Associate Professor in the Department Plant Sciences with a faculty appointment to the School of Landscape Architecture.  Advanced design studio and professional practices are among the courses he teaches, in addition to fundamentals of landscape design in Plant Sciences’ undergraduate landscape design program. He is also co-instructor for Plant Sciences’ International Landscapes Program that tours landscapes abroad each spring.

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Expertise & Interests

His research interests include landscape performance, specifically watershed stewardship through low impact development, and sustainable planning and design in the context of professional practice.  Community-engaged service learning opportunities are offered under his leadership through the UT Smart Communities Initiative and the Environmental Design Lab. Brad builds on the program’s tradition of value-added partnerships with Tennessee communities and his own experience as the landscape architecture program’s liaison to the Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) regional planning initiative from 2011 through 2014. Through PlanET, program studios developed demonstration projects that explore concepts in sustainable regional growth, many of which were run under his direction.  He co-authored Low Impact Development: Opportunities for the PlanET Region, a publication that celebrates the region’s iconic landscape and water resources, discusses their existing condition and threats, and proposes Low Impact Development as an approach to watershed planning, community design, and site development that avoids, minimizes, and manages impacts to the region’s shared water resources.

Honors & Awards

In 2014 Brad was named a Research Fellow Research Fellow of the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Landscape Performance Initiative through which he and students developed performance case studied for Chattanooga’s Renaissance Park, the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, and 1315 Peachtree Street, Perkins+Will’s Mid-town Atlanta Office. He is also involved with the Odd Fellow’s Cemetery Project, an interdisciplinary Design/Build/Evaluate project that contemplates this urban cemetery as a performing element of of Knoxville’s green infrastructure, and presently serves as the program liaison to the Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environment’s task force.


Prior to joining the faculty at UTK, Brad worked in Orlando, FL with EDSA, an international landscape architecture firm specializing in the physical planning and design of resort and ecotourism destinations, mixed-use communities, town centers, urban reinvestment projects, cultural and educational environments, and corporate campuses.  Through his time there as a project manager, Brad brings direct experience in design and planning projects across scales and a well-developed appreciation for multi-disciplinary collaboration, sustainability in professional practice, and high-performance design.

Brad is a licensed landscape architect in the State of Florida, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


  • Master of Landscape Architecture, The Ohio State University, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, University of Tennessee, 2001