Patrick A. Miller, Ph.D.,



120 F Burruss Hall (0190)
College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Renewable energy facility siting

Landscape perception and assessment

Design for healthy living

Green infrastructure

Design education and learning


LAR 3015 - Site Program and Community

LAR-5314 - Contemporary Research Topics in
Landscape Architecture

LAR 5344 - Scholarship of Place


Patrick is a Past-president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), a Fellow of ASLA and a Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. He has worked in public, private, and academic practice in both the United States and Canada, and has held faculty appointments at four major universities, including the University of Washington, the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia. For the past 30 years Patrick has taught in the Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he was head of the department for 13 years. He has lectured nationally and internationally on landscape architecture topics and professional education, most recently in China, Australia, Malaysia, and the Middle East. Through his writing, teaching, and practice Patrick has been a tireless advocate of creating landscapes that are good for people, the environment and the economy.

Patrick’s research interests lie in the area of human attitudes and perceptions toward the environment and how the profession of landscape architecture contributes to human well-being through better design and planning. His research examines the ways in which humans can use the landscape to support their needs without harming without critical social, cultural and environmental systems. His design work looks for deeper understanding and experience of the world we live in.


Ph.D., 1984. Urban, Environmental and Technological Planning, University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

MLA, 1973. Landscape Architecture (Environmental Planning Track), University of California Berkeley.

BS, 1970. Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University Pomona.


Kim. E. J. and Miller, P. (2016) “Residents’ Perception of Local Brownfields in Rail Corridor Area in the City of Roanoke: The Effect of People’s Preconception and Health Concern Factors.” Journal of Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2016.1182898.

Kim, G.; Miller, P.A. and Nowak, D. (2016) “The Value of Green Infrastructure on Vacant and Residential Land in Roanoke, Virginia,” Sustainability, 8, 296; DOI: 10.3390/su8040296.

Kim, G., Miller, P. A., & Nowak, D. J. 2015. “Assessing urban vacant land ecosystem services: Urban vacant land as green infrastructure in the City of Roanoke, Virginia.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Volume 14, Issue 3, 2015, Pages 519-526.

Bakar, S.B. and Miller P. (2014) “Rhythm of Eyes: Enhancing Visual Communication through Eye Tracking Technology” Sustainable Tropical Environmental Design Exhibition 2014. Vol 6. pp.7 – 13.

Miller, P.A., S. Abu Bakar and S.Liu. (2010) “An Exploratory Study of the Use Google Earth to Communicate Geospatial Information for Scenic Assessment and Management: Examples from a Study of Claytor Lake in Southwest Virginia,” in Digital Landscape Architecture 2010 (referred). Aschersleben, Germany. pp. 133- 144.