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Dr. Sarah E. Little

Sarah Little

Education

North Carolina State University
PhD, Design

North Carolina State University
Master of Landscape Architecture

North Carolina State University
BA, Chemistry

About

Sarah Little is a registered landscape architect in North Carolina. For 10 years she worked as a landscape designer in the design/build field creating high-end residential landscapes in the Charlotte metro area. As a registered landscape architect, she worked for 4 years designing children’s play environments and park master plans involving issues of environmental justice and community participation.

In transitioning from practice to academia, Sarah obtained a PhD in Design from North Carolina State University. Her teaching style encourages students to utilize reflective and critical thinking by emphasizing the role of design in creating an experience. Her research broadly focuses on understanding the influence of the design of the physical environment on human development. Her current research projects involve linking human attachment with place attachment, understanding the link between natural environments and autonomy, and developing observation scales for behavior mapping.

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Professional Credentials

North Carolina Landscape Architect. (July 1, 2009-Present).

International Play Association. (January 10, 2017-Present).

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. (August 2014-Present).

American Society of Landscape Architects. (March 2014-Present).

Environmental Research Design Association. (March 2014-Present).

Awards

Recognition of creative activity, President’s Monthly Research and Development Highlights. (October 2017).

Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Little, S. E. (Principal Investigator), “Program for Research Enhancement,” Sponsored by College of Architecture, The University of Oklahoma, $4,500. (December 1, 2018 – Present).

Little, S. (Principal Investigator), “Program for Research Enhancement,” Sponsored by College of Architecture, The University of Oklahoma, $5,000. (January 2018 – April 2018).

Little, S. (Principal Investigator), “Program for Research Enhancement–matching funds,” Sponsored by Engage Learning, Other, $2,785. (January 2018 – April 2018)

Little, S. (Principal Investigator), “Do nature playgrounds support autonomous exploration?,” Sponsored by College of Architecture, The University of Oklahoma, $2,700.00. (July 21, 2016-Present).

Little, S. (Principal Investigator), “Accessible nature playground,” Sponsored by AccessWorks, Inc, $11,500.00. (January 2018 – April 2018).

Selected Publications

Little, S. & Derr, V. (2020). The Influence of Nature on a Child’s Development: Connecting the outcomes of human attachment and place attachment. In A. Cutter-Mackenzie, K. Malone, & E.B. Hacking (Eds.), International Research Handbook on ChildhoodNature: Assemblages of Childhood and Nature Research (pp. 151-178). New York, NY: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-51949-4_10-2.

Harris, J. & Little, S. (2019). Mapping hope: Informal settlement youth and lessons for aspirational urbanization. Urban Forum, doi:10.1007/s12132-019-09361-9.

Little, S. (2019). Gather together. topos: European Landscape Magazine, 106, 70-73.

Little, S. & Cox, A. (2019). Advancing Design Research: Creating a New Framework from Three Approaches to Case Study Research. Landscape Research Record, 8, 333-342. https://thecela.org/wp-content/uploads/Landscape_Research_Record-8-v4.pdf.

Cox, A., Loebach, J., & Little, S. (2018). Understanding the Nature Play Milieu: Using Behavior Mapping to Investigate Children’s Activities in Outdoor Play Spaces. Children, Youth and Environments, 28(2), 232-261. doi:10.7721/chilyoutenvi.28.2.0232.

Little, S. & Loon, L. (2016). The Hybrid Zone in Divergent and Convergent Thinking. In Amoroso, N. (Ed.) Representing Landscapes: Hybrid (pp. 72-85). New York, NY: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315618197.

Kelley, K., Little, S., Lee, J. S., K. C., B., & Henderson, K. (2014). Articulating Meanings of Positive Adjustment to Aging through Physical Activity Participation among Older Adults. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 32(1), 63-77.

Little, S. (forthcoming). A Process for the Evaluation of Mobile Devices for Outdoor Data Collection. CELA 2020 conference proceedings.

Little, S. (forthcoming). Experiential accessibility: A therapeutic approach to the design of the public realm. In J. Loebach, S. Little, A. Cox, & P.E. Owens (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People: Processes, Practices and Policies for Youth Inclusion. New York: Routledge.

Little, S. (forthcoming). The Influence of Caregivers and Peers on a Child’s Direct Engagement with Nature: A domain-specific approach. Accepted by Children, Youth and Environments.

Loebach, J., Cox, A., & Little, S. (forthcoming). Behavior mapping as a tool for capturing the activities of youth in public spaces. In J. Loebach, S. Little, A. Cox, & P.E. Owens (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People: Processes, Practices and Policies for Youth Inclusion. New York: Routledge.

Loebach, J., Little, S., Cox, A., & Owens, P.E. (Eds.). (forthcoming). Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People: Processes, Practices and Policies for Youth Inclusion. New York: Routledge.

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