Samuel Dennis Jr.

Credentials: MLA Landscape Architecture, PhD Geography

Position title: Founding Lab Director & Professor of Planning and Landscape Architecture


Phone: (608)263.7699

42 Agriculture Hall

Sam Dennis is a professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison and is the founding director of the Environmental Design Lab. His research focuses on people’s experience of green environments and mental health outcomes. He speaks frequently on environmental design and health and wellbeing.

In his community-based practice, Sam works collaboratively to create healthy places for everyone. The Environmental Design Lab supports community efforts to address health inequities and health disparities related to the built environment using a variety of participatory methods.

Sam received his MS and PhD in geography from Penn State and his MLA (landscape architecture) from North Carolina State University. He previously practiced landscape architecture in North Carolina (license NC #0822, inactive).