Brian D. Lee

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Resources, Planning and Assessment

Dr. Lee applies geospatially based analyses and visualization to community decision-making processes for land use planning primarily at the watershed/landscape scale in his research and his teaching. He was responsible for teaching/managing a variety of courses, from Introduction to Landscape Architecture through the Pro Studio and Capstone course since 2003. His geospatial applications for land analysis courses were cross-listed with the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program and have students from Forestry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Plant and Soil Science, Public Health, and Anthropology.

On 01 October 2019, he took on new responsibilities as Associate Dean in the college's Faculty Resources, Planning and Assessment office.

His doctoral research at the Pennsylvania State University in the School of Forest Resources – Center for Watershed Stewardship focused on the form and function of community watershed organizations and their capacity building efforts in watershed management. In addition, his formal education consists of a B.S. of Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Regional Planning and a Master of Liberal Arts (Landscape Ecology) from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also worked at Andropogon Associates and the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2008, his students received the Honor Award in the Community Service Category from the American Society of Landscape Architects for The Hills Project. The American Planning Association – Kentucky Chapter recognized his students for their 2010 work focused on the “Beyond the Legacy” report and brochure set. In 2009, he was recognized as Teaching Fellow by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. In 2014, he was internationally recognized for his service-learning teaching by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. He is a team member on the Roster of Visiting Evaluators for the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board.

His research efforts have focused on Elk Landscape Suitability Modeling, Targeting Reforestation in Appalachia, Predicting Urbanization in Central Kentucky, Characterizing Kentucky’s Large Forest Blocks and Interior Forests over Time, Watershed Characterization Utilizing Landscape Scale Indicators, and Housing Price Differences in Central Kentucky. He is co-editor of Water in Kentucky: Natural History, Communities, and Conservation, which was published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2017. From January 2017 to June 2019, Dr. Lee was the Editor of Landscape Journal.

Kentucky Land Education And Research (KLEAR)

The purpose of KLEAR is to disseminate research and educational activities regarding Kentucky landscapes. We are focused on several geographic areas and topics across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. One aspect of KLEAR is an undergraduate service-learning studio that collaborates with community partners to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians. This studio has been part of the Department of Landscape Architecture for over 25 years and has been taught by several members of the faculty.

A second aspect of KLEAR includes several landscape/watershed based research projects completed or in progress. The research is largely driven by an effort to answer questions related to characterizing landscapes and watersheds using socio-economic, physical, and biological data in a geospatial environment. Our work often utilizes geospatial technologies and publicly available data from the Kentucky Geography Network and other sources.


L-104 Agricultural Science Building

1100 South Limestone Street

Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0091



BS Landscape Architecture - Pennsylvania State University

Master of Regional Planning - University of Pennsylvania

Master of Liberal Arts (Landscape Ecology) - University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D.  - Forest Resources - Watershed Stewardship Option - Pennsylvania State University

map representing Lees research entitled landscape modeling

map representing Lee's research project entitled Forest Fragmentation

image of kentucky representing watershed atlas project