Shawn T. Kelly

Position title: Distinguished Faculty Associate


Phone: (608) 263.5390

11 Agricultural Hall

Shawn Kelly Portrait

Research Interests
sustainable development


Shawn T. Kelly is a practicing landscape architect at his design bid firm in Williams Bay, Wis. He also is on the faculty of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Shawn is also the director of the Center for Sustainable Design in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Along with teaching, advising, and departmental duties he also works with the various Ojibwa nations in northern Wisconsin, both with UW Extension and in his practice.

Shawn has presented some of his Ojibwa projects at CELA meetings, two presentations in Tucson, and one in Athens, Georgia, and abroad at the second Conference on Design, in Berlin, Germany.

In 2009 Shawn was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in the category of Knowledge. This honor is given to less than one percent of all Landscape Architects. In 2012 Shawn was elected as Vice President of ASLA, and in 2018-19, he is serving as elected President of ASLA.

Shawn has been a proposal reviewer for CELA presentations. His major focus in both practice and teaching is stormwater management, cultural, economic, and environmental sustainable projects, and precise detail construction.


Panel Discussion Member Wisconsin ASLA / AIA joint meeting 1997, Topic:  Sustainable Landscapes and Interdisciplinary Coordination

Presenter, Wisconsin ASLA annual meeting 1998, Topic:  Sustainable Landscape Development and Local Opportunities

Presenter, Iowa 2000, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conference, Topic:  The Bottom Line to Green Development is Black

Key Note Speaker, Competitive Edge, University of Wisconsin, 2004, Topic:  Wherever you go in life, there you are:  strategies for success at university.

Speaker Fall 2006 University of California, Berkeley.  Presentation of transdisciplinary research in sustainable housing in Indian Country.

Key note speaker at College of the Menominee in EPA and HUD co-sponsored conference on sustainable construction practices, Fall 2006

Invited speaker at Intertribal Housing Authorities meeting in Minneapolis, MN, regarding sustainable, low cost housing opportunities and practices, summer 2006

Speaker at EcoNest seminar on sustainable housing practices, Santa Fe, NM, summer 2006

Sustainable Construction Detail Teaching methods, Invited Speaker, Texas A & M, spring, 2006

Presenter at Action Research Symposia at New York City College, spring 2008

Speaker at the Third International Conference on Design, Berlin, Germany, Winter 2009

Speaker at the 35th Annual American Indian Housing Council Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Spring 2009

Abstract selected for paper presentation, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture meeting 2005, Athens, Georgia

Abstracts selected for presentation at Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture meeting 2009, Tucson, Arizona

Textbook on Construction Detail Thinking, Design and Production, in process.

Published article in Landscape Architecture Magazine, April 2009