Doug Hadley

Position title: Senior Lecturer


Phone: (608) 263.6506

42d Agricultural Hall

Photograph of Doug Hadley

BSLA Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University in 1990, MA in landscape architecture from University Wisconsin–Madison in 2010

Research Interests
geographic information systems (GIS), historical preservation


Doug received a BSLA in landscape architecture from Rutgers University in 1990 and MA in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2010. As an undergraduate he spent a summer studying Urbino, a medieval hill town in the Marche region of Italy and nine months in the Andalucía region of Spain, studying Islamic gardens and landscapes.

Doug worked with Taliesin Preservation, Inc. for seven years, working on and cultural and natural resource preservation and planning for the National Historic Landmark Taliesin Estate. While with Quinn Evans Architects, Doug assisted in the development of plans for several National Park Service properties.

Doug’s interest in landscape architectural design is broad and spans a range of project types and scales. One of his focuses, however, has been the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the design, planning, and management of the landscape.


Reconciling Vernacular and Designed Landscape Values in Preservation Management Planning” CELA Proceedings, 2011


For the past year and a half I have been working with a university-wide committee to develop a post-baccalaureate professional certificate program in Geodesign.  The certificate will be offered through the Department of Landscape Architecture at UW–Madison jointly with the Department of Geography and Geology and the GIS Center at UW–Stevens Point. In July I was hired as the program coordinator. I am responsible for course content, course conversions, online teaching, and many other logistics. We anticipate launching the program in the fall of 2014.

I also organize Taliesin Work Days, which happen once per semester. Students get hands-on experience helping Taliesin Preservation, Inc. in their goal to manage, preserve, and restore the 600-acre National Historic Landmark property. In return, students are given a behind-the-scenes tour by Taliesin Preservation, Inc. architects and staff.


Doug is an instructor in the Landscape Architecture program. He currently teaches LA201: Introductory Landscape Design Studio. He also co-teaches LA250: Survey of Landscape Architecture, LA262: Landscape Inventory and Analysis, and LA462: Regional Design.