Texas Tech names new leadership for Department of Landscape Architecture
A nationally-recognized leader in landscape water resource management has been named the new chairman of Texas Tech University's Department of Landscape Architecture today (April 19), according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Eric Bernard takes the helm of the successful academic unit after serving in the private sector and more than 15 years at the University of New Mexico and Kansas State University.
"Helping students and faculty achieve their dreams and goals of making our world's landscapes more beautiful, resilient and adaptable is an honor, privilege and passion," Bernard said. "Doing this in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech is really special. My family and I are humbled and excited to be a part of the CASNR family, Texas Tech, Lubbock and the West Texas landscape again as it has provided us so much."
In the past, Bernard has focused on collaborative research aimed at modeling large-scale water and ecosystem dependent landscapes like the High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer and Flint Hills tall grass prairie ecoregion. His teaching, research and professional work incorporates cutting edge technology in remote sensing, LiDAR (Light Distance and Ranging), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer Aided Design and Building Information Modeling (CAD/BIM). His students have earned prestigious fellowships design awards, and become leaders and in small to large landscape architecture offices.
"Eric Bernard brings to CASNR the energy, leadership and academic record that will benefit our students for some time to come," said Michael Galyean, dean of Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "He has a sophisticated understanding of the breadth of today's environmental landscape planning and design."
Bernard joins Tech's faculty after serving as GIS Manager and ParkServe Lead at the Santa Fe office of The Trust for Public Land, a U.S. nonprofit that facilitates the creation of parks and protected lands. He also worked as program director and associate professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and an associate professor at Kansas State University-Manhattan and was Governor appointed to the Kansas GIS Policy Board.
In addition, he was a landscape architect at Denver's Landworks Design, Inc.; owner of a geospatial technology consulting firm, GST Consulting, in Manhattan, Kansas; and a project manager/landscape architect with the Design Workshop Inc. in Aspen.
Honors for Bernard include Texas Tech CASNR Distinguished Alumni (2015); Co-Founder of the Consortium for Global Research on Groundwater-Based Economies (2001-2013); and Teacher of the Year in Landscape Architecture-Kansas State (2003-2004).
Bernard earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in landscape architecture from Texas Tech. He is a licensed landscape architect, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Certified, member of The American Society of Landscape Architects and New Mexico Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and served as a regional leader in the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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