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Haas, Vaike

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Haas is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and registered landscape architect in the state of West Virginia.  As a Fulbright Grantee, she worked with City officials to examine how public spaces and city planning can better promote ethnic integration in Tallinn, Estonia.  Prior to entering academia, she worked in practice for one of the largest design and planning firms, EDAW (now AECOM | Design + Planning).  She helped earn a Colorado Chapter ASLA Award for Excellence for an innovative site analysis protecting the most important vegetation on a 200-acre site for Texas A&M's Health Science Center.   Her specialties in practice included: campus planning, green roofs, planting design, and stormwater management. Her current design projects include greenspace planning within Appalachia’s wooded draws and riparian areas, and from 2014-2017 produced the master plan for WVU’s new 94-acre Falling Run Greenspace, and collaborated with the West Virginia Land Trust on projects along the Guyandotte River and in Little Falls, WV.

Teaching Philosophy

Haas is passionate about engaging students in the learning process.  She uses a range of teaching techniques and team projects to ‘flip’ her classrooms and engage students in active learning in field labs, discussion, and studio.  She enjoys introducing students to technical skills, including: native plant identification, understanding ecological relationships, advanced site engineering and field sketching.

Research Interests

Haas is interested in how public space can promote ethnic integration, and in the layered histories of colonial landscapes. She researches cultural landscapes with sensitive histories, focusing on how municipalities and designers can promote community and integration in public space.   Sites can be culturally sensitive from: shadowy histories from war, occupation, and colonization; or a lack of ethnic and cultural integration.

In West Virginia, Haas intends to address regional-scale ecological considerations such as: mitigating the effects of urban stormwater within the drainage areas of small streams, local adaptions of native species which can provide special suitability for restoration projects; and, finally, equitable access to public space and greenspace connectivity.

Select Publications

Haas, V. “Marks on the City: The Impacts of Coastline Emergence, Foreign Rule and Bombing on Contemporary Tallinn,” under review, Journal of Baltic Studies as of 30 November 2016.

Haas, V. and Shannon, K. 2007. Challenges of urban design in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe: the case of Pärnu, Estonia. Journal of Regional Analysis & Planning.

Haas, V. 2006. A review of urban planning in Tallinn, Estonia: Post-Soviet planning initiatives in historic and cultural context. Master’s thesis, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. Online at:


Haas, V. “Specifying prescribed fire for habitat, restoration, and regeneration: Leadership demonstrated in the Southeastern US.” Poster presesentation at” Dilemma-Debate”, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) conference, March 2016.

Haas, V. “Marks on the City: Colonization, Planning, and Coastline Emergence in Tallinn, Estonia.” Presentation at Global, Glocal, and Local: Distinction and Interconnection in the Baltic States, the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) conference, May 26-28, 2016.

Haas, V. “Communist Ideals vs. the Realities of Soviet-planned Public Space: Taamsaare Park, Tallinn, Estonia.” Global, Glocal, and Local: Distinction and Interconnection in the Baltic States, the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) conference, May 26-28, 2016.