Alex Felson

Current Positions Held

Professor and Elisabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture


Felson is a landscape architect and senior certified ecologist, applying design, planning, and applied ecology to advance climate adapted urban ecosystems and resilient liveable cities. He is the University of Melbourne’s Elisabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture. He directed the NYC Reforestation Plan (MillionTreesNYC) at EDAW/AECOM. He founded the Urban Ecology and Design Lab and Ecopolitan Design at Yale University and taught jointly between the School of Environmental Studies and Architecture as an associate professor. He built bioretention gardens in Bridgeport and founded the Earth Stewardship Initiative (www.earthstewardshipinitiative) working through research-based community design. Felson served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation and as Associate Research Scientist in UConn’s Marine Sciences. Felson holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University an MLA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and an MS in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

He works on suburban development projects creating conservation developments that are responsive to the local forests, wetlands and amphibian habitats. He worked with developers and with Stanford University on planning for amphibians and large-scale land development.