Ned Crankshaw, FASLA

Professor and Chair

Ned Crankshaw joined the faculty of the UK Department of Landscape Architecture in 1990 with landscape architecture degrees from Ball State University and Iowa State University, and a background in professional practice. He has been department chair since 2010. The organizing philosophy for his teaching is that intelligent landscape architecture practice relies on understanding and empathy for regional and local landscape character. He teaches second year design studios that focus on regional landscape character, site analysis, site master planning, site design, and sustainable design. His other courses are cultural landscape preservation and introduction to landscape architecture, along with pinch-hitting in other department courses. Professor Crankshaw’s favorite educational pursuit is immersive travel. 

Crankshaw’s research interests are in cultural landscape management, and especially in ways to incorporate thoughtful contemporary design into historic landscapes. His focus is mainly on smaller cities and the rural landscapes that surround them, and he has done extensive research and design work related to the adaptation of historic commercial districts for contemporary use. His current work is developing methods for using remotely sensed data to analyze change in cultural landscapes. Professor Crankshaw is a member and former chair of the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board, which oversees the accreditation of more than 90 landscape architecture degree programs in the United States. 


Office: S-305J Agricultural Science Building

P: 859.257.4691


"The Lost Cause and Reunion in the Confederate Cemeteries of the North"

black and white photograph of military cemetery

"Geographic Information System Processing of Remotely-sensed Data for Analyzing Land Cover Change in Cultural Landscapes"