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Professor John Motloch

Ball State University


Muncie, Indiana, USA


John Motloch, Ph.D, ASLA, AIA, is Professor and Past Chair of Landscape Architecture, Director of BSU’s Land Design Institute, Members of BSU’s Green2 Steering Committee and Green2 K-12 Sub-Committee Chair. He holds professional licenses in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. He has a B.ARCH (Univ. of Texas, 1970), Master of Landscape Architecture (Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1978), and Ph.D in Landscape Architecture (Univ. of Pretoria, 1992; “Delivery Models for Urbanization in an Emerging South Africa”). Dr. Motloch has international teaching or lecturing experience in Mexico, South Africa, Britain, Brazil, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Greece, etc., including one year teaching in Mexico, one year teaching assistantship in South Africa; Invited Instructor, Transforming the City Workshop, Mexico; Keynote lecture at Sustainable Development Conference (Curitiba Brazil), LaBash98 annual meeting (US & Canada landscape architecture students); Spring Week 98 annual meeting (Great Britain landscape architecture students), and others.

John Motloch has participated as the Principle Investigator (PI), Co-PI or collaborator on sustainability and environmental projects including site assessment studies for locating Superconducting Super Collider (funded by State of Texas), energy and water efficient planning and design projects, bioclimatic design, computer-based environmental methods, river corridor studies, and community development projects. Invited Participant, International Energy Agency’s “Toward Sustainable Buildings” Workshop Defining Collaborative R&D Needs for greatest impact transforming building-sector markets in 24 IEA member countries to sustainable residential and non-residential buildings. National & international recognition: Fourth Place Award and Special Recognition for Protecting and Conserving the Environment, II National Technologies Contest for Social Interest Housing, Mexico, 1994 (w/ P. Fisk & P. Pacheco); Citation, American Institute of Architects "Call For Sustainable Community Solutions International competition"; Merit Award for Research, American Society of Landscape Architects; Council Award for multi-disciplinary research, South African Human Science Research Council (Individual contribution to team project on squatting and informal settlement).

Author: Introduction to Landscape Design (VNR, 1990; 2nd ed. Wiley, 2000, Translation to Chinese 2003). Co-author: Site Reconnaissance and Engineering. Introduction for Architects, Landscape Architects and Planners, (Elsevier 1991). Book contributions: Catalogue of the II National Technologies Contest for Social Interest Housing, Mexico, 1994; Squatting in the Hottentot-Holland Basin: Perspectives on a South African Social Issue, Tony Emmett (ed.), South African Human Science Research Council, 1992; Certification Handbook, Texas Association of Landscape Contractors, 1990 and Yearbook of Landscape Architecture: The Energy Issue (1987), VNR, NY.


jmotloch [at] bsu [dot] edu (Email)