Kawthar Alrayyan

Ph.D. Student, Graduate Assistant

121 Burruss Hall (122J)
800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


  • Cultural Landscape
  • Landscape policies and power
  • Cultural landscape management
  • Cemeteries landscape
  • Campus landscape planning
  • Urban public spaces
  • Landscape architecture pedagogy

Kawthar Rayyan is a second-year Ph.D. student in Landscape architecture at Virginia Tech University. She is a Jordanian Architect, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Jordan in 2008. Her interest in landscape architecture started while working in private architectural firms and offices on landscape-oriented projects that profoundly lacked the experience or scientific foundation to adapt to the Jordanian climate and context. Therefore, she pursued her Master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona in 2013 to better understand arid land and desert landscape. Followed that, seven years of teaching experience as a full-time lecturer at the German Jordanian University. During this, she promoted and advocated a better perspective for reading and designing Jordan’s landscape through her student projects, published articles, and community projects. She has collaborated with several universities in Germany, having cultural dialogue and innovation lab and workshop with German and Jordanian students. Besides, Kawthar has been working as a landscape consultant working on Sanaa masterplan in Yemen, Sulaymaniyah masterplan in Kurdistan, and many projects in Jordan. Her main research interests focus on the cultural landscape and the impact of policies and management strategies on shaping Jordan’s cultural landscape.
Kawthar’s interest in the cultural landscape comes from the urgent need for protecting and recognizing Jordan’s cultural landscape and heritage; she has been working on Cemeteries and trying to incorporate them into the green network of Amman city as potential cultural landscape spaces.


Ph.D., Current. Architecture and Design Research/Landscape Architecture track, Virginia Tech.
MLA, 2013. Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona.
BA, 2008. Architectural Engineering, University of Jordan.


AlRayyan, K., Hamarneh, C., Sukkar, H., Ghaith, A., & Abu-Jaber, N. (2019). From abandoned mines to a labyrinth of knowledge: a conceptual design for a geoheritage park museum in Jordan. Geoheritage, 11(2), 257-270.
Tawil, M., Utku, Y., Alrayyan, K., & Reicher, C. (2019). Revierparks as an integrated green network in Germany: An option for Amman? PloS one, 14(12), e0226842.