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Dr. Thomas M. Woodfin

Thomas Woodfin


Texas A&M University

Harvard University
Master of Landscape Architecture

Texas A&M University
BS, Landscape Architecture




Tom Woodfin holds professional degrees in landscape architecture from Texas A&M and Harvard and his doctorate in historical geography from Texas A&M. A registered landscape architect since 1979, he practiced in Waco, Boston, Florence, Italy; Bonn, Germany and Dallas before becoming a full-time educator in 1987.  In his 27 years of teaching he has taught every course in the professional undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is particularly fond of design studios and history/theory courses.

He is active in leading and promoting study abroad programs to Europe and Latin America. His advocacy work keeps him in engaged as a member of the Norman Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition as well as leadership in the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Woodfin  leads a team of researchers and students for the National Weather Center Green Roof Experiment demonstrating use of native grass and perennial species appropriate for vegetated roofs in the southern Great Plains.

Tom has been a wilderness hiker for many years and has walked through most of the nation’s wilderness national parks.  He is an avid cyclist both as a commuter and long-distance and plans to ride his bicycle across all of the prairie states in the next five years.  Music is another passion and he has played harmonica and percussion in a blues band and is currently working on his piano chops to be able to sit in with the talented jazz scene here in Oklahoma.

Professional Credentials

Registered Landscape Architect # 719, State of Texas. (August 1979- Present).

Member and former chair, Archives and Collections Committee, American Society of Landscape Architects. (January 2012-2018).

Committee Chair, City of Norman Bicycle Advisory Committee. (2014 – 2019).

Editor, Conference Proceedings, CELA Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. (October 2018 – November 2018).

Editorial Review Board Member, Urban, Planning and Transport Research. (September 2018).

Committee Member, Associated Council of Oklahoma Governments Bike/Ped Advisory Committee. (2014 – May 2018)

Selected Publications

Woodfin, T. M., Long, Z., Shen, G. (2018). “Ecological and economic impacts of green roofs and permeable pavements at the city level: the case of Corvallis, Oregon.” Journal of Environmental Planning & Management, Vol. 61, No. 3, 430-450.

Woodfin, T. M., L. Z., Y. W., R. Z., T. C. (in press). An Approach to Evaluate Comprehensive Plan and Identify Priority Lands for Future Land-use Development to Conserve More Ecological Values, St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel,: Sustainablity. Sustainablity.

Woodfin, T. M. (2015). The Power of Knowledge: How Information and Technology Made the Modern World Imago Mundi, 2nd ed., Vol. 67, 256-257. Imago Mundi.

Woodfin, T. M. (2019). Bruce Goff: Master of the Intimate Design Context. Catalogue raisonne: The American School at the University of Oklahoma. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press. (Accepted)


Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Architecture. (September 2016).

Classes taught at OU

ARCH 4970, Travel to Bonn Germany
GRAD 6980, Research Doctoral Dissertation
IAS 3920, Journey to Italy
L A 4743, Garden History
L A 4943, History and Theory of LA
L A 4970, Sustainable Community-Germany
L A 5515, L A Intro Graduate Studio I
L A 5535, L A Interm Graduate Studio III
L A 5923, Planting Design
L A 5924, Planting Design
L A 5940, Field Work
L A 5943, History & Theory-Lndscp Arch
L A 5950, Graduate Project Proposal
L A 5960, Directed Readings
L A 5970, Sustainable Community-Germany
L A 5990, Independent Study
L A 6595, Graduate Project
L A 6950, Applied Research in Land Arch
L A 6990, Graduate Special Studies
RCPL 5525, Comprehensive Rcpl Project