Judith Stilgenbauer, ASLA

Judith Stilgenbauer, ASLA, is a professor in landscape architecture and urban design. Her creative work in teaching and applied research focuses on the role of process, performance, and placemaking in ecological urbanism and public open space design across diverse spatial and temporal scales. Stilgenbauer’s recent design research has focused on urban land-water relationships and adaptive coastal resilience design.

Judith Stilgenbauer serves as Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture program. Stilgenbauer is a director on the national American Society of Landscape Architects’ Board of Trustees.

Research & Creative Work

Areas of Interest

Landscape architecture
Public open space design
Ecological urbanism
Sustainable urban design
Brownfield development
Landscape infrastructure

Professional Experience

Prior to beginning her first tenure-track faculty position at UC Berkeley in 2003, Judith Stilgenbauer had garnered recognition and gained substantial professional experience in Germany. She headed the Munich office of the Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architecture firm, where she played a lead role in numerous master-planning and realized urban landscape design projects. With her own studio, in which Stilgenbauer participated in urban/landscape design competitions in Asia and America, she was awarded first prize and the commission to design the 15-acre “228 National Memorial Park” in Chiayi City, Taiwan—a project that was opened to the public in 2012. Based on these prior professional experiences and her research expertise, in 2018 Stilgenbauer was awarded a combined $500,000 in grants to conduct two large-scale design research studies. As Principal Investigator in the University of Hawaii Community Design Center (UHCDC) Landscape Lab, she leads a research and design team in the work on the following projects: Lake Wilson Watershed Study with Wahiawa Freshwater State Recreation Area Proof-of-Concept Design (to be completed December 2019) and South Shore Promenade and Coastal Hybrid Open Space Networks: Resilience and Connectivity by Design (to be completed May 2020).

Judith Stilgenbauer is a member of the Architektenkammer Rheinland-Pfalz (Architects Association, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). From 2013 to 2014 she served as the President of the Hawaii Chapter of ASLA. Currently, Stilgenbauer is a member of the national ASLA Board of Trustees.


Professional license as landscape architect, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (No. 16389) since 2002

Selected Publications

Stilgenbauer, Judith, “[Eco]Logical Urban Placemaking for Climate-Change-Resilient Honolulu Waterfronts,” in Urban Infill Vol. 8: Variability & Urban Change; Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, eds., Kent State University, 2020

Stilgenbauer, Judith, “[Eco]Logical Urban Placemaking: Connectivity and Climate Change Resilience by Design,” in IFLA World Congress Proceedings, 2018, pp. 393-400

Stilgenbauer, Judith, “Processcapes: Dynamic Placemaking,” in Now Urbanism: the Future City is Here; Jeff Hou, Ben Spencer, Thaisa Way, Ken Yocom, eds., Routledge, 2015, pp. 92-106

Stilgenbauer, Judith, “Degraded Sites Made Rich and Productive,” in Landscape Architecture China, Vol. 4, 2012, pp. 88 – 91

Stilgenbauer, Judith, “California Academy of Sciences,” in Topos: The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Issue 78, 2012, pp. 82 – 85

Stilgenbauer, Judith, “CIVIC (agri)CULTURE,“ in Ground Up: Landscapes of Uncertainty; Jensen, S., Kapitunik, M., eds., 2012, pp. 64-69

Stilgenbauer, Judith, McBride, Joe R., “Reconstruction of Urban Forests in Hamburg and Dresden following World War II,” in Landscape Journal 29(2), 2010, pp. 144-160

Stilgenbauer, Judith, “228 National Memorial Park,” in 1000X Landscape Architecture; van Uffelen, Chris, ed., Braun, 2009, p. 1003

Stilgenbauer, Judith, “Digital Design and Competitions,” in Digital Design in Landscape Architecture 2008; Buhmann, Pietsch, Heins, eds., 2008, pp. 82 – 87

Stilgenbauer, Judith, “The Return of an Archetype: San Francisco’s Octavia Boulevard,” Topos: The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Issue 53, 2005, pp. 74 – 79

Stilgenbauer, Judith, “Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord,” Places, a Forum of Environmental Design, Vol. 17, Number 3, 2005 EDRA/Places Awards, pp. 6 – 9