Master of Landscape Architecture Faculty and Staff
Adjunct Faculty Member
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham : 2008
Academic Areas of Interest
The restoration of ecosystem services in the built environment -green roofs, living walls, natural areas restoration, public green space -and researching how to maximize beauty and biodiversity in these applications.
Personal Areas of Interest
being outdoors, art, sports, fun
Joel Perkovich grew up enjoying and studying the natural history of Southwestern, PA. He has worked as a carpenter, environmental activist on issues of food safety policy and land conservation, a crop manager for farmers in Central PA, teacher, green roof researcher, landscape designer/builder, and project manager for a $1.5 landscape installation on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. In 2006 he traveled throughout Europe on scholarship to research green roof design and construction with leading scholars, builders, and landscape architects. He presently operates his own design/build practice, Tsuga Studios, in Pittsburgh, PA. His work focuses on the restoration of ecosystem services in the built environment, and realizing the profound social and environmental impacts that green space can provide in urban spaces.
- MLA, Unversity of MI School of Natural Resources and Environemnt (2007), BA Environmental Sociology, Pennsylvania State University (2002)
- "Reinventing Wingfield Pines: Creating a Regional Showcase for Floodplain Rehabilitation in a Post-Mined Landscape" for the Allegheny Land Trust
- Matthaei Research Grant, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI -The Survivorship of Native MI Plants in Green Roofs. Christy Johnson Travel Scholarship.
- Community Design Center of Pittsburgh -RenPlan consultant, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, 3 Rivers Wet Weather Stormwater Advisory Panel