Photo of Travis outside with water in the background

Travis Flohr

Faculty Associate
Landscape Architecture
BLA Landscape Architecture, MSLA Landscape Architecture, PhD Design and Planning (in progress)
Campus Affiliations
UniverCity Alliance Advisory Board
Research Interests
geographic information systems (GIS)
green infrastructure
M25Q Agricultural Hall

Travis Flohr is a faculty associate in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a landscape architect and planner, his research and applied work focuses on spatially evaluating the performance of landscape architectural designs and urban and regional planning policy related to ecosystem services, green infrastructure, and natural hazards. To understand and design within complex social and natural systems, Travis uses an iterative design process utilizing traditional mixed-methods research methodologies, geospatial analyses, geospatial modeling, and spatial statistics. His contributions to design and planning seek to foster healthy, safe, and just communities across the urban to rural transect. Travis integrates his research into his teaching via problem-based learning courses to support local communities. His courses involve a novel blend of theory, research and design methodology, design process, and technology. Travis has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. His current courses have addressed ecological literacy and nature-based play for Lowell Elementary in Madison, WI; re-envisioning Winnequah Park in Monona, WI; and pollinator habitat for urban food systems in Dane County, WI.

He holds a BLA and MSLA from The Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, Travis is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado in Design and Planning, specifically in the Sustainability and Healthy Environments track.

For six years, Travis worked professionally in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia on a wide range of projects spanning the urban and rural continuum: from 400-square foot urban courtyards to regional policy to trail master plans. He has experience managing a wide variety of consultants, including engineers, planners, architects, landscape architects, ecologists, biologists, and researchers. His projects total more than $500,000,000 in constructed value. Travis' professional work, like his research interests, centered on the belief that design and planning can be ecologically sensitive, resilient, and service human needs.

Research interests include: wildfire design and policy, design and policy performance evaluation, land use policy, ecological planning, green infrastructure, ecosystem services, GIS, spatial analysis, and modeling, resiliency


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Muller, Brian and Travis Flohr. “A Geodesign Approach to Environmental Design Education: Framing the Pedagogy, Evaluating the Results.” Landscape and Urban Planning – Special Issue. 2016. 156: 101-117. DOI:
  • Rigolon, Alessandro and Travis Flohr. “Access to Parks for Youth as an Environmental Justice Issue: Access Inequalities and Possible Solutions.” Buildings. 2014; 4(2): 69-94. Invited special issue publication.

Refereed Book Chapters

  • Muller, Brian, Travis Flohr and Mehdi Heris. 2013. Urban Morphology and Heat: Exploring the Relationships. In Francesco Moccia and Maria Dederica Palenstino (ed.) Planning Stormwater Resilient Urban Open Spaces. CLEAN, 2013.

Professional Reports

  • Flohr, Travis and Stacey Schulte. Visitation and Use on Boulder County’s Regional Trails (Boulder County, CO: Boulder County Parks and Open Space, 2013).
  • Flohr, Travis. Boulder Canyon User Study (Boulder, CO: Access Fund, 2013).