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Dr. Taner Özdil

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, The University of Texas at Arlington
Associate Director for Research for The Center for Metropolitan Density Discipline
School of Architecture

UT Arlington Faculty

Dr. Özdil received a BLA from Ankara University, a MLA from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a PhD from Texas A&M University (TAMU).  Dr. Özdil previously held research and teaching positions at the College of Architecture at TAMU, and Dallas Urban Solution Center of TAMU System. He has degrees in both landscape architecture and planning disciplines. Dr. Özdil’s research and teaching center within the confines of landscape architecture, urban design, and physical planning promoting knowledge based sustainable and green design practices. His research activities focus on economic, environmental and social value creation through design and planning with particular emphasis on mixed-use developments, transit oriented developments and districts, and high density urban areas. He teaches graduate level courses that focus on urban design, urban landscape, and environmental planning and design with GIS with specific concentration to North Region.

Service Learning Class

Studio IV - Environmental Planning LARC 5664 and Studio V – Urban Landscape LARC 5665

Academic Outcomes

Studio IV - Environmental Planning

  • § Understand the dynamic aspects of natural processes, environmental issues, ecological terms, and ecological principles through service learning and/or community partnership projects,
  • § Learn how to systematically collect, analyze, and synthesis environmental data,
  • § Apply the ecological and environmental principles into landscape planning and design,
  • § Learn and effectively use new technologies (primarily GIS, aerial Imagery and remote sensing) in data collection and analysis and landscape planning,
  • § Get familiar with low impact, sustainable planning and design practices,
  • § Learn to work with realistic deadlines and requirements as an individual or in a team environment.

Studio V – Urban Landscape

  • § Apply the design process to complex, interdisciplinary design problems in complex urban settings,
  • § Gain advance knowledge in the design of public spaces, open spaces, and streetscapes by deeper consideration of human factors and needs in the contemporary urban landscape,
  • § Built working knowledge on landscape design issues in existing neighborhoods, mixed-use developments, revitalization areas, and central areas of towns and cities,
  • § Learn/apply environmentally sound sustainable and green design techniques and principles,
  • § Prepare and effectively communicate design and planning recommendations at the site, district, and community/neighborhood scale with community partners,
  • § Learn to work with realistic deadlines and requirements with various community stakeholders.

Service Learning Project

Selected studio projects taught and/or managed as outreach, service, and community partnership projects:

  • “3883 Turtle Creek Multi-family Resident” Partnered with 21 Turtle Creek Home Owner Association and the community members, Fall 2013
  • “Hatcher Station Transit Oriented District: Vision for Entrepreneurial Culinary Arts Academy”, Partnered with Get Healthy Dallas research-based advocacy initiative (non-profit) and community, Fall 2013
  • “Re-Envision Winnetka Heights”, Partnered with Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Assoc., Fall 2012
  • “Connecting with North Shores of Grapevine Lake”, Independent, Lakeside DFW, Inc., Partnered with Lakeside DFW Inc., Realty Capital Management, Spring 2012
  • “Reconnecting with Downtown Fort Worth: Renovating Sheraton Hotel and Spa’s Entry”, Partnered with Fort Worth Sheraton Hotel and Spa and Paige Hendricks Public Relations Inc., November, Fall 2011
  • “MLK Station Transit Oriented District Vision”, Partnered with The City of Dallas and the CityDesign Studio of Dallas, October, Fall, 2011
  • “Imagine Kennedale Town Center” Partnered with the City of Kennedale and community, September, Fall 2011
  • “Village Creek and the City of Kennedale Environmental Inventory, Analysis, and Planning Research”, Partnered with the City of Kennedale and the community, Spring 2011
  • “Uptown District Dallas, Community Service Studio Project”, Partnered with the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, Fall 2010
  • “Re-inventing Junius Heights Historic District”, Partnered with Junius Heights Neighborhood Association, and the community, Fall 2010
  • “Alliance Environmental Inventory, Analysis, and Planning Research Project”, Partnered with Hillwood Properties, Graduate Studio, Spring 2010,
  • “Dallas Arboretum Entry Project”, Partnered with Dallas Arboretum, Fall 2009,
  • “Fort Worth Trinity Uptown Canal Project”, Partnered with Trinity River Vision Authority, Fall 2009
  • “TAMUs Dallas Urban Solution Center Campus Plan” (240 acre), Partnered with TAMU Dallas, UTA, Fall 2008
  • “Lewisville/I-35 Interchange Bridge and Park System Project” Partnered with TxDOT and HNTB, Fall 2008
  • “Talley Ranch Master Planned Community” (4000 acre), Partnered with Talley family and Talley Land Development, Spring 2008
  • “Materials & Meaning Project, Dallas Museum of Art Courtyard”, Partnered with Dallas Museum of Art, Fall 2007