Elizabeth Hobbs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. She is originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee (of the Manhattan Project) and received her Bachelors in Economics from American University, Washington DC in 1977. After working as an Economist for USDA for several years, she decided to change career directions. She returned to school at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana for a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, graduating in 1983. After working for several Landscape Architectural firms in Denver and Fort Collins, Elizabeth found a home at CSU where she has been teaching in the Landscape Design and Contracting (LDC) concentration since 1987. Elizabeth has taught a variety of courses over the years including technical subjects such as grading/drainage and computers, design studios incorporating plants and graphics, and more academic courses such as the History of Landscape Design or Design for Non-majors.
Elizabeth’s passion for education stems primarily from the excitement and satisfaction of helping students grasp and apply information that initially might seem intimidating or overwhelming. She truly enjoys the process of breaking complex subjects down into smaller more digestible segments for students. Whether it be drawing skills or understanding environmental conditions for good plant placement, Elizabeth believes helping students develop concrete abilities and strategies cultivates a confidence that students will take with them into other courses and into their careers long after they leave CSU.
Over the years, Elizabeth has also been a strong proponent of the LDC program’s participation in the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) annual national competition. Because the CSU team always places in the top 10, this has given the program national recognition which has meant graduates easily find good jobs around the country. And it is stories of alumni accomplishments and satisfaction that make her the most proud. It is very gratifying when students come to visit her 5, 10 or more years after graduation and describe how they use information they learned in her classes and how it has contributed to their professional successes.
Elizabeth’s research has also included a variety of subject areas including the study of sacred spaces of the Maya and design education pedagogy. Most recently she has looked into the role visual impact assessment has on the development of wind farms. Currently, she is the Site Director for the Center for Research and Education for Wind (CREW) in Colorado.