Kim Wilson

Faculty Fellow | Professor | College of Architecture

University of Nebraska–Lincoln


Professor Kim Wilson has been a member of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Architecture faculty since 2009. Wilson also has appointments in Nebraska Extension and as the Director of the Landscape Architecture Program. She previously was at Purdue University in the College of Agriculture where she taught community planning and design, and urban design studies, as well as landscape representation using technology. Kim’s applied hands-on teaching and research in the work of community design has helped several NE rural communities envision a better future. Her leadership with University outreach and planning is paving the way for more faculty to be involved in applied research.

Wilson has earned 15 teaching awards, conducted more than 65 community-based service-learning projects and received more than $1.6 million in internal and external funding to support engagement through her teaching and research initiatives.

Prior to joining academia, Wilson practiced for more than 25 years for nationally and internationally recognized firms including Sasaki Associates, JJR-Smith Group and Pollack Design Associates where her work received five national design awards. Her current area of emphasis focuses on institutionalizing engagement at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


  • Bachelor’s degree, landscape architecture, Penn State University
  • Master’s degree, landscape architecture, University of Michigan



  • Landscape Architecture



  • CEEM Project: a new Community Engagement Educational Model, Rural Futures Institute Teaching and Engagement Grant – Funded 2016-18AY, $13,000
  • Rural Community Prosperity Research Project , Rural Futures Institute Research and Engagement Proposal 2016 – Funded 2016-2018, $100,000


Leadership Roles

  • ASLA Great Plains Chapter, Executive Committee
  • Juror for 2017 National Olmsted Scholars


  • Wilson, K. and Curtis, S. October 2010. Service-Learning at Purdue University: A Five-Year Assessment: Faculty and Student Grant Programs. Purdue University Press.
  • Wilson, K. L. and Jurich, J. 2008. A longitudinal exploration of reciprocity: the role of commitment in sustaining a successful service-learning course in Ecuador. CELA Proceedings, Tempe, AZ.
  • Landscape Architecture Students Help National Park Service Prepare for Solar Eclipse

  • Energy Modeling in Architectural Design TL Hemsath, KA Bandhosseini – 2017
  • Conserving the Dust Bowl: The New Deal’s Prairie States Forestry Project ST Karle, D Karle – 2017



  • Elected to Book of Great Teachers, Purdue University
  • Brian Douglas Hiltunen Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement, Indiana Campus Compact