Jody  Rosenblatt

Jody Rosenblatt

Professor of Landscape Architecture


Room:AB 227

Her work has resulted in award wining streets and gardens all with a focus on increasing holistic health for communities and providing for those who walk. Her travels have afforded her the opportunity to study landscapes that have been used for their health and healing properties. Her study of the relationship between discreet attributes of the landscape and health behavior has led her to her current research in contemplative walking. 

In addition to lecturing and publishing in Landscape Architecture, Jody has lectured to the American Public Health Association, and the Transportation Research Board on the typology of pedestrian healing landscapes: on the Barefoot Garden, the Eruv and the Labyrinth. Her work seeks to identify connections between landscapes developed and designed to provide a healing and healthy and interludes from intense urban living.  

Jody has also worked in Artificial Intelligence developing prototypical tools for recording the neurological and cognitive responses to qualitative features in the landscape that affect the choice to walk for health.  

She has worked with her students in developing a series of outdoor “experiments” or “plays” that facilitate a deeper personal understanding of the relationships of people and place and has contributed research in policy and programming to the Safe Routes to School movement. 

Disaster life cycles and design for mitigation provided an opportunity to extend the outreach and community service dimension of her multi-disciplinary design studios, training her students for work in resilience and recovery.


MLA Harvard GSD, 1980
BA  University of Maryland, 1976

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Major Emphases:

• Urban Design (Pedestrian Networks)
• Quantitative and Qualitative Measures of Design Impact
• Multi-Disciplinary Engagement on Health and Safety Issues on the Land
• Landscape Design and Art Methods


Principal Investigator, Ball Brother Foundation. (2015) $5,000 Post-occupancy evaluation effectiveness and utilization of forest and nature play facilities installed at Head Start and AppleTree. Children attention span and task engagement across landscape typologies.

Principal Investigator, Apple Tree Back Yard and the Forest Kindergarten Project (2012) $100,000 of which $40,000 to design nature play and learning landscape using evidence from forest kindergartens for Indiana Early Childhood Education


Rosenblatt Naderi, J., Geva, A. (2015) “Eruv: Transformation of an Urban Public Space to a Private Place for Spiritual Renewal”, ARRIS 18, Volume 25.

Maghelal, P., Natesan P., Rosenblatt Naderi, J.R., & Kweon, BS. (2010)"Developing Pedestrian Virtual Environment: Variables Discussed Vs. Variables Designed.", Journal of Architectural and Planning Research.

Rosenblatt Naderi, J. (2009) Book Review. Kellert, S. et al, eds, “Biophillic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life”, Landscape and Urban Planning, 93 (3), p, 262 – 265.

Refereed Conference Proceedings:

Rosenblatt Naderi, J. (2017), “Atlas of Contemplative Walks: Guideposts to Unconcious Collaborations with Nature and Health.”, Walk 21, Calgary, Alberta.

Rosenblatt Naderi, J. (2015), “Heideggers Path”, Architecture of Culture and Spirituality, Ghost Ranch New Mexico.

Rosenblatt Naderi, J. (2014) “Indianapolis Urban Agriculture Project”, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Baltimore Maryland.

Rosenblatt Naderi, J., Geva, A. (2013) “Eruv: A Transformation from an Urban Public Space to a Private Place for Spiritual Renewal”, International Symposium on Urbanism, Spirituality & Well Being, Harvard University Divinity School and Glastonbury Abbey.

Rosenblatt Naderi, J. (2013) “Forest Kindergartens”, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington D.C.  


Distinguished Irving Professor. Ball State University. 2010