Message from SEBS Interim Executive Dean Laura Lawson:
Dear SEBS and NJAES community,
It is my privilege to announce that Richard Alomar will serve as Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture.
Richard Alomar has an undergraduate degree in Agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and an MLA from Louisiana State University. Before joining the department in 2012, Richard Alomar was an Associate at Stantec Planning and Landscape Architecture and Senior Associate at di Domenico + Partners. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the development of ‘sketch crawls’ and the practice of sketching as a method of seeing and analyzing the everyday world.
As a licensed landscape architect with many years of professional experience, Richard Alomar has contributed and significantly shaped how the department teaches its construction courses and community-based studios. His professional and academic work focus on public projects that address food security, individual and community health, resource stewardship, urban agriculture and food chains, environmental planning and design and other concerns facing urban communities. With his professional background and scholarly interests, it is no surprise that he is a much sought-after advisor and serves on multiple graduate thesis committees.
Richard Alomar also serves as the Director of the Office of Urban Extension and Engagement. In this role, he works with faculty and staff from SEBS and NJAES to raise awareness and advance research and outreach serving urban communities.
I also want to thank Dr. Wolfram Hoefer for his leadership as chair of the department for the last three years. In his time as chair, Wolfram Hoefer successfully led two accreditation renewals. He has helped make the new visualization lab a reality on the second floor of Blake Hall. He has also been very active in the Chairs Council and served on the steering committee for the SEBS strategic planning process. Thank you, Wolfram, for your contributions.
Welcome, congratulations, and thank you, Richard!