Douglas C. Allen

Professor Emeritus
(404) 894-0907

Douglas Allen, ASLA teaches courses in landscape architecture, urban history, and urban design. He has lectured at Arizona State University, The Catholic University of America, Harvard University, Iowa State University, Temple University, The University of Texas (Austin), Tuskegee University, the University of Georgia, and Rice University. He has served as a jury member for the International AID Housing Competition in Hyundae, Korea, and on thesis reviews at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Virginia. He has also served on professional awards juries for the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 1987-88 he was Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University.

His projects include the development of a master plan for the University of Bir Zeit (West Bank, Israel, 1983); Korean War Memorial (Baltimore, Maryland, 1987); The Augusta Riverfront Center Project (Augusta, GA. 1990-1992); and Veterans Memorial Park (with W. Jude LeBlanc) in Smyrna, GA. (2000-2002)  His work includes several award winning projects, including the Perdue Garden (Atlanta, GA. 1983); Piedmont Arbors Condominiums (Atlanta, GA. 1986, with Taylor and Williams), The Dash Residence(Atlanta, GA. 1996 with Lane M. Duncan and Michael Gamble), and StudioPlex a mixed use development in Atlanta (with Brock + Green, Architects, 1999).  The Perdue Garden was featured in the book, Contemporary Trends in Landscape Architecture; by Steven Cantor (Van Nostrand and Reinhold, New York, 1997). Other design work has appeared in Progressive Architecture, Builder Magazine, and House and Garden.

Educational Background

1971: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia

1976: Master in Landscape Architecture (with honors), Harvard University.


  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Urban and Landscape History

Teaching and research interests concern the form and dimension of urban landscapes with a concern for their environmental, economic and social sustainability over time.


* denotes peer reviewed article 


  • Douglas C. Allen, The Plan of Savannah, in The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, Oxford University Press, New York. (2009)
  • Douglas C. Allen, J. B. Jackson, in The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, Oxford University Press, New York. (2009)
  • Douglas C. Allen and Robert M. Craig, "Parks and Landscape Architecture", in Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 2000
  • “Douglas Allen” in Steven Cantor, Contemporary Trends in Landscape Architecture, Van Nostrand and Reinhold, New York, 1996, pp.185-190.
  • "The Tanner Fountain", in Linda Jewell (ed.), Peter Walker: Experiments in Gesture, Seriality, and Flatness, Rizzoli, New York, 1990.
  • Alan Emmett, Douglas C. Allen, et al, Cambridge, Massachusetts: the Changing of a Landscape, Cambridge, 1979;


  • Douglas C. Allen, David Green, and Heather Alhadeff, “The Standard City Planning Enabling Statute and the Regulation of Suburban Block Size”, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, 2010.  (refereed abstract)
  • *Douglas Allen, “Memory and Place: Two Case Studies”, Places Journal, 21:1, May 2009.
  • Douglas C. Allen, “The Alexander-Pound House”, in Oxford American, No. 60, 2008.
  • *Douglas C. Allen, “The Code of the City: Window into a Labyrinth”, in Places Journal: 19:2, May 2007
  • *J. Peponis, D. Allen, D. Haynie, M. Scoppa, “The Spatial Profile of Urban Areas in Twelve Metropolitan Urban Regions in The United States”, Proceedings of the Sixth International Space-Syntax Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, 2007 
  • *J. Peponis, D. Allen, S. French, M. Scoppa, J. Brown, “Street Connectivity and the Measure of Urban Density”, Proceedings of the Sixth International Space-Syntax Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, 2007. 
  • *Mohammad Gharipour and Douglas C. Allen, “The Achaemenid Garden, A Study of Its Contribution to the History of Garden Design and Its Cultural Context.” The Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Intellectual and Cultural Studies, Vol. 4, Issue 2, New York, Fall 2006.
  • Douglas C. Allen, “Permanence and Change in Urban Form and Structure”, in Urban Permanence, Vol. 1, BIACF, Busan, Korea, 2005.
  • Arthur C. Nelson, Douglas C. Allen, and Richard Dagenhart, "Subdivision and Urban Form,” The Brookings Institution, Center for Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Washington, D.C, 2003.
  • *Douglas C. Allen, "The Park and the Skyline: Monument and Anti-Monument in the Modern City", in The Conservation of Urban Parks and Squares, ICOMOS, Montreal, 1993.


  • "Villa Gardens of the Roman World", ICA and CA, Carlos Museum, Emory University, 2011
  • "Modernism Comes to Georgia", The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Pioneers of Modernism, November, 2010
  • “The Significance of Dimension in the Plan of Savannh”, Congress of New Urbanism, National Meeting, 2010.
  • “Civic Innovation: Constitution and Representation”, Keynote Address on the Seventy Fifth Anniversary of Perkins + Will, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C. 2010.
  • “The Park, the Parkway, and the Suburb”, Georgia Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects, 2010.
  • “Roman Gardens”, Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America, 2010
  • The Value of Urban Open Space: Constitution and Representation”, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, 2009.
  •  “Permanence and Change in Urban Structure and Form”, Busan International Architecture Symposium, Busan Korea, 2005
  •  “Olmsted in the South”, Southern Garden History Society. 2003
  • The Park, the Parkway, and the Suburb”, National Association of Olmsted Parks Annual Meeting. 2001
  • "Authority, Nature, and the Birth of Landscape", Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, 2000
  • "Between Figure and Ground", Southern Polytechnic State University, 1996
  • "Between Figure and Ground", University of Texas at Austin. 1995
  • "Public Pipes", Temple University. 1994
  • "The Significance of Dimension in the Plan of Savannah", Tuskegee University. 1992
  • "Authority, Nature, and the Birth of Landscape", Catholic University of America. 1992
  • "Three Landscapes", College of Design, Iowa State University. 1992
  • Order and Free-Will in the American Landscape", Keynote Address, ACSA Southwest Regional Conference, Rice University. 1990
  • "The Park, the Town, and the Political Landscape", Catholic University of America, 1990
  • "The Plan of Savannah: Architecture of the Political Frame," AIA National Committee on Design, Annual Conference 1990.
  • "Notes on Grass", Catholic University of America. 1988.
  • "Agora to Arcadia", Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 1987


  • Member of Project Team on Following Awards:
  • AIA (Georgia Chapter) Design Award,  Lumberyard Lofts, Brock + Green, Architects, 2001
  • Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award,  Lumberyard Lofts, Brock + Green, Architects, 2000
  • Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence, Studioplex, with Brock + Green, Architects, 2000
  • AIA (Georgia Chapter) Design Award, Studioplex, with Brock + Green, Architects, 2000
  • Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award, Studioplex, with Brock + Green, Architects, 1999
  • AIA (Southeast Region) Design Award, Dash Residence, with Lane M. Duncan and Michael Gamble, Architects, 1996
  • AIA (National) Honor Award, Clayton Headquarters Library, Scogin, Elam, and Bray, Architects. 1988
  • PA Design Award (National), Progressive Architecture, WQXI Radio Station, Scogin, Elam, and Bray, Architects. 1987 (unbuilt)
  • Industry Choice Award, Dorey Publishing Co. for Embassy Row Office Park, 1984
  • Builder's Choice Award (National), Builder Magazine, for Piedmont Arbors Condominiums, 1984
  • Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award, Piedmont Arbors Condominiums, 1984 

Recent Courses

  • ARCH 4110: Public Space/The Roman City, Summer 2010
  • ARCH 6152: Studies in Landscape Architecture, Spring 2010,
  • ARCH 4151: History of Urban Form, Fall, 2010 to 1980
  • COA 8620: Design of American Space, Spring, 2009

Dissertations supervised

  • Mohammad Gharipour, The Pavilion in the Persianate Garden: Reflections in the Textual and Visual Media, 2009.
  • Seung Koo Jo, The Balance Between Pedestrian and Vehicular Movement in Relation to Street Configuration, 1996