Ann has a Bachelor of Science degree in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University. She is currently a contract instructor of landscape architecture in the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University and continues to practice as a professional landscape architect. Other academic experience includes five years of teaching in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University.
Prior to that, she worked as a Landscape Architect and Associate at Rundell Ernstberger Associates LLC, a landscape architecture firm with offices in Indianapolis and Louisville, KY. She was with REA for twelve years. During that time, she had the opportunity to make a significant contribution to projects such as White River Gardens, Indianapolis Art Center ArtsPark, and the Olmsted Brothers’ Sunken Garden and Convalescent Park at IUPUI. Over time she developed an interest and expertise in the use of plant material as a significant artistic and restorative component in site and garden design. She has worked on developing sustainable best practice details and specifications for habitat restoration in woodland and prairie installations and river and stream bank stabilization project sites. Most recently, she had focused on developing a framework of thought about planting design that employs ecological principles toward achieving self-sustaining plant combinations and garden habitats that express a sense of place.
In the academic framework, her scholarship has involved exploring teaching methodologies that focus on enhancing the creativity within the design studio experience and has occurred on several different fronts addressing the following:
- seeking to improve student learning through integrated curricular project experiences
- appropriately aligning feedback with the successive stages of the design process
- guiding groups of students to develop divergent proposals for a common site and programs
- teaching students to maximize the use of plant material in a way that deepens their understanding of the art of place-making