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Dr. Bryce C. Lowery

Bryce Lowery


University of Southern California
PhD, Urban Planning

California State Polytechnic University
Master of Landscape Architecture

University of Michigan
MS, Environmental Policy and Behavior

University of Southern California
BA, Economics/Environmental Studies


Bryce C. Lowery teaches courses in geographic information systems, neighborhood planning and urban design. Dr. Lowery received his Ph.D. in Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan and his bachelors’ degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Lowery’s research focuses on environmental and social influences of neighborhood well-being as well as land use policies that aim to improve community health. He is interested in the use of spatial modeling and analysis of the built and affective environment as a means of empowering communities to adopt land use policies that are sustainable – environmentally, socially and economically. In his dissertation, The Social Construction of the Experience Economy: the spatial ecology of outdoor advertising in Los Angeles, he investigated the health impact of outdoor advertising in Los Angeles, the historical foundation for its regulation in the city, and the contemporary response by local communities to a proposal to regulate its placement through zoning.

Dr. Lowery serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health and the Conference of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. Previously, he served on the City of Los Angeles Billboard and Visual Landscape Visioning Group, the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, and the Ventura-Cahuenga Corridor Specific Plan Review Board.

Dr. Lowery also maintains an additional website with some of his projects.

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Professional Credentials

Urban Affairs Association. (2017-Present).

American Association of Geographers. (August 2008-Present).

American Planning Association. (August 2008-Present).

American Public Health Association. (August 2008-Present).

Environmental Design Research Association. (August 2008-Present).

American Society of Landscape Architects. (August 2005-Present).


Michael Breheny Prize for Best Paper, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. (December 2015).

Jack Dyckman Award for Best Dissertation in Planning & Development, Sol Price School of Public Policy University of Southern California. (May 2014).

Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Jourdan, D. E. (Principal Investigator), Graham, C. (Co-Principal Investigator), Lowery, B. C. (Co-Principal Investigator), Wieters, K. M. (Co-Principal Investigator), “Statewide Housing Needs Assessment,” Sponsored by Integra Realty Resources, Industry. (January 1, 2015-December 31, 2015).

Selected Publications

Lowery, B. C., Schweitzer, L. A. (In Submission). “Social Justice and Design.” Companion to Urban Design II Routledge.

Lowery, B. C. (2016). “Planning for Private Consumption and Collective Beauty: Regulating outdoor advertising in Los Angeles, 1881-2014.” Journal of Planning History, Vol. 15, No. 3, 191-209.

Lowery, B. C., Sloane, D. C., Payan, D., Illum, J., Lewis, L. B. (2016). “Do Farmers’ Markets Increase Access to Healthy Foods? Assessing the nutritional environment at 24 markets in Los Angeles.” Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 82, No. 3, 252-266.

Lowery, B. C., Sloane, D. C. (2014). “The Prevalence of Harmful Content on Outdoor Advertising in Los Angeles: Land Use, Community Characteristics, and the Spatial Inequality of a Public Health Nuisance.” American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 104, No. 4, 658–664.

Curtis, J. W., Shiau, E., Lowery, B. C., Sloane, D., Hennigan, K., Curtis, A. (2014). “The Prospects and Problems of Integrating Sketch Maps with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Understand Environmental Perception: A case study of mapping youth fear in Los Angeles gang neighborhoods.” Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Vol. 41, No. 2, 251-271.