Reading and Writing the Land


Please join us Thursday, March 8 , 5:30-7pm for the Heller Center Fellow Lecture with Joni Palmer

Joni PalmerVisiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community & Regional Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico

Joni M Palmer, MLA, PhD (ASLA, APA), is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Community and Regional Planning, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Geography & Environmental Studies, at the University of New Mexico.  For over 25 years, her professional life has been a blend of practice and academia.  Her book (with Martin Zebracki, University of Leeds), Public Art Encounters: Art, Space and Identity (Routledge), was published in September 2017. 

Palmer's professional practice experience in planning and design practice (working in both the public and private sectors) includes working for municipal, state and federal government, and private firms in Boston, Seattle and San Francisco.  Her practice ranges from urban park design and campus planning to arts and cultural planning. Dr. Palmer teaches design and planning studios, site and environmental planning, landscape theory, research methods, visual thinking and representation(s), as well as courses in human geography, including world regional geography, global cities, and cultural landscapes.

Dr. Palmer earned her Bachelors degree in Science at Cornell University, with a double major in City and Regional Planning, and Design and Environmental Analysis.   She received her MLA at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. And completed her doctoral studies in Human Geography at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  Joni has taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Massachusetts, the Pennsylvania State University, Iowa State University, and the Boulder and Denver campuses of the University of Colorado.

Research Areas: 

Arts and cultural planning, cultural geography, environmental humanities, geopoetics, landscape studies, public art, urban geography, vernacular creativities, visual thinking and representation

The UCCS Heller Center Fellowship advances intellectual conversations through the intersection of academic disciplines. Preeminent scholars and artists are invited to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to connect with the public and with UCCS faculty and students through lectures, performances, classes, workshops, and field studies. The fellowship is co-sponsored with one of the Heller-affiliated academic departments.

The Spring 2018 Heller Center Fellowship is co-sponsored with the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies.

Heller Center for Arts & Humanities
1250 N. Campus Heights Drive
Located ½ off N. Nevada Ave,
across road at back of parking lot across from Trader Joe’s
Light refreshments will be served