Ellen Neises

Full-time Lecturer
Landscape Architecture


Ellen Neises is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, teaching design and landscape theory. As an associate partner and founding staff member at James Corner Field Operations, she helped build an international design practice that developed designs for a wide range of project types involving large-scale development, economic strategy, ecological reclamation and bold physical design. At Field Operations, Ellen was the project designer or project manager for a number of high-profile, interdisciplinary projects: the conversion of Fresh Kills landfill to a 3.4 square-mile park; the design of Lake Ontario Park, a 925-acre park encompassing beaches, wilds, and the Toronto port awarded the 2009 National Honour Award by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects; a large mixed use waterfront development in Baltimore and a small waterfront infrastructure project on the Harlem River that received an Award for Excellence in Design from the City of New York. She is launching an independent practice that will build on her design research on large-scale and large-scope problems involving land, water and development. Ellen has a Master of Landscape Architecture from Penn, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard and a BS from Carnegie Mellon.