Faculty Principal - Leadership and Social Change Residential College
C.L. Bohannon is faculty principal of the Leadership and Social Change Residential College at Virginia Tech. Bohannon is associate professor and director of the Community Engagement Lab in Landscape Architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) at Virginia Tech. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Bohannon graduated with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the Fay Jones College of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is a two-time graduate of Virginia Tech, receiving both a masters of Landscape Architecture and a Ph.D. in Architecture and Design Research from Virginia Tech. Bohannon has many years of diverse professional experience as a landscape architect with an extensive portfolio of work ranging from community development to resort planning throughout the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.
Bohannon previously taught at Florida A&M University in the graduate landscape architecture program. Bohannon’s research focuses on the relationship between community engagement and design education, primarily through design for social and environmental justice. Through his research, Bohannon works in the landscape context of community history and identity, social and environmental justice and injustice, and community learning. His research has led to contributions to the theorization and application of community engagement in design education. Bohannon teaches courses on community engaged design research (CEDR), design research methods, contemporary research topics in landscape architecture, and seeing, understanding and representing landscapes. Bohannon was a recently named an emerging engagement scholar by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, faculty fellow for VT Engage, and faculty fellow in the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience.