Terry L. Clements, FASLA, FCELA, LA

Chair, Landscape Architecture Program

BLA, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

MLA, University of California @ Berkeley

BLA, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

MLA, University of California @ Berkeley

121E Burruss Hall (MC0190)
800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Terry Clements joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1993. She teaches graduate and undergraduate design and cultural landscape studies. Since 2000, she has led an annual multi-disciplinary education abroad program for students interested in studying the public spaces and the built environment.

Her recent scholarship and outreach activities address the educational, legal and regulatory issues that define the discipline and practice of landscape architecture. Recent work includes research on the public places and parks, the history of women in landscape architecture, and the evolution of landscape architecture education and practice in the United States. Clements has served on state and national ASLA licensure committees (working toward licensure in two states and addressing regulatory impediments to practice), the ASLA Council on Education (addressing concerns about the growth of the profession), and as a member of the Landscape Architecture Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee. As a member of the VA ASLA, she has regularly produced or coordinated conferences, exhibitions, pamphlets and awards programs promoting landscape architecture’s contributions to public and private landscapes. The Virginia Chapter twice awarded her the President’s Award for Service before granting her the Award for Distinguished Service, their highest award. She also served as the national ASLA VP of Education. As President of the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture, Clements continued efforts to enliven academic scholarship and promote landscape architecture studies. She also served as chair of the 2018 CELA conference hosted at Virginia Tech. Clements is an active member of the ASLA, CELA and Phi Beta Delta, the international honorary society of international scholars.

Before entering academia, Clements, a licensed landscape architect, practiced in multi-disciplinary firms, landscape architecture design firms and design-build firms in New England and California.

research areas

  • Cultural landscape studies
  • Women in landscape architecture
  • Design education and pedagogy
  • Community engagement
  • Professional outreach and service


  • Clements, Terry and C.L. Bohannon. 2016. “Reflections on Community Engagement: Making Meaning of Experience.” In Community-Built: Art, Construction, Preservation, and Place, edited by Katherine Melcher Katherine Melcher, Barry Stiefel, and Kristin Faurest. Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, Inc. (in press).
  • Clements, Terry L., 2012. “Where are the Women in Landscape Architecture.” In Women in Landscape Architecture: essays on history and practice, edited by L. A. Mozingo and L. Jewell. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.
  • Clements, Terry L., 2001. “Cautley, Marjorie Sewell 1892-1954.” Encyclopedia of Gardens: History and Design. Ed. Candice A. Shoemaker. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers.
  • Clements, Terry L., and Sarah J. Dorminey*. 2011. “Spectrum Matrix: landscape design and landscape experience.” Landscape Journal 30 (2):241-260.
  • Clements, Terry and Cermetrius L. Bohannon*. (2014) “Reflections on Community Engagement: Making Meaning of Experience.” Paper presented at the Community Build Association Conference, University of California at Davis, April.