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Butler, Peter

Director of Design and Community Development 
Professor of Landscape Architecture
Extension Specialist in Landscape Architecture

Peter Butler joined the WVU faculty in 2008. Prior to coming to Morgantown, Butler obtained his bachelor of arts in English and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in landscape architecture from Iowa State University. His research interests include cultural landscape research and planning; community design process; industrial landscape reclamation and interpretation; and design studio pedagogy. His research projects include cultural landscape inventory, analysis and treatment; visualization; brownfields reclamation; land use planning; historic transportation corridor planning; and participatory design methods.


  1. Arbogast, D. W., Eades, D. C., Deng, J., Maumbe, K., Butler, P., Faulkes, E. (2020). Transdisciplinary Partnerships, Mixed Methods, and Social Design for Sustainable Rural Tourism Development: The case of Tucker County, WV. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management., 32(4), 1413-1448. 
  2. Eades, D. C., Butler, P., Arbogast, D. W., Faulkes, E. (2019). Transdisciplinary University Engagement for Sustainable Tourism Planning. Innovative and Promising Practices in Sustainable Tourism (vol. 1, pp. 38-57). Nanaimo, BC: Vancouver Island University Press.
  3. Butler, P. (2019). Reaching out in Teaching Landscape - Service from the Studio. The Routledge Handbook of Teaching Landscape (pp. 314-326). NY, NY: Routledge.
  4. Butler, P., Yuill, C. B. (2016). “Appalachian Landscape and Architecture through the Lens of Extraction”. Multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research in Landscape Archaeology (1st ed., vol. 1, pp. 1-12). Amsterdam: Multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research in Landscape Archaeology- Landscape Archeology Conference 2014 proceedings- Seeing heritage through the lenses of landscapes- University Library, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.