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Dr. Kyle D. Brown Kyle D. Brown, Ph.D., ASLA
Director, John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

(909) 869-5178

Dr. Brown has served as Director of the Center since 2004 and regularly teaches Methods and Applications in Regenerative Studies (RS 540) and Ecological Patterns and Processes (RS 465).  He is currently engaged in the following research initiatives:

  • Climate change action and greenhouse gas reduction strategies
  • Participatory learning and action on environmental issues
  • Sustainable strategies and practices in developing regions
  • Sustainability indicators, measurement, and analysis

Dr. Brown serves as Co-Chair for the President's Climate Commitment Task Force at Cal Poly Pomona, and has worked with colleagues and students on the development of the campus climate action plan.  He received a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Landscape Architecture and Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts.

Denise Lawrence Denise Lawrence, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator , John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
Professor, Department of Architecture

(909) 869-2674

Dr. Lawrence has served as Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Science in Regenerative Studies program since 2003 and was one of the original members of the Lyle Center Design Team in 1986.  Dr. Lawrence is an anthropologist and teaches core graduate program courses including: Regenerative Practices (RS 501); Regenerative Concepts and Social Practices (RS 510L); and Coalition Building (RS 640).  Her research interests focus on:

  • Socio-cultural approaches to establishing regenerative living
  • Sustainable communities, indigenous/vernacular architecture, and attachment to place (the sustainability of historically preserved bungalows)
  • Domestic consumption, conspicuous and “inconspicuous” (energy and water)
  • Multi group collaboration processes

Dr. Lawrence also teaches in the Architecture Department where she specializes in human behavior aspects of design.  She has co-edited an anthology,The Anthropology of Space and Place (Blackwell, 2003) and is the author of numerous articles on the vernacular architecture of rural southern Portugal.   Dr. Lawrence received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Southern California, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside.

Pablo LaRoche Pablo La Roche, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
(909) 869-2700

Dr. La Roche regularly teaches Regenerative Technologies (RS 530) in the MSRS program. His current research interests include:

  • low energy architecture, emphasizing passive heating and cooling systems
  • sustainable, affordable housing, particularly for less developed countries
  • carbon neutral architectural design

Dr. La Roche is currently writing a book on carbon neutral design and is actively engaged with the Habitat 21 housing prototype for Tijuana, experimenting with low cost housing solutions for less developed countries. He has an Architecture and Masters of Science degree from Universidad del Zulia in Venezuela, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Yam Lee Yam Y. Lee, Sc. D.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering

(909) 869-2622

Dr. Lee teaches Regenerative Technologies (RS 530) in the MSRS program. His current research interests include:

  • biomass conversion to fuels
  • renewable energies
  • hydrogen generation, storage and utilization
  • global sustainability and climate change
  • water purification

Dr. Lee is co-editor of Integrated Assessment of Sustainable Energy Systems in China (Kluwer, 2003). He has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and an Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Jerry Mitchell Jerry V. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

(909) 869-4656

Dr. Mitchell teaches Global Regenerative Systems (RS 302) in the Center's minor program, as well as courses in planning law and environmental planning. His research concerns property rights and ecological integrity. He has a BS from the University of Illinois, a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lisa Nelson Lisa Nelson , Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science

(909) 869-4739

Dr. Nelson teaches Organization for Regenerative Practices (RS 303) in the Center's minor program, as well as courses in environmental politics and policy. Her research interests include public policy analysis, administration, and interorganizational networks. She has a BA from Brown University, an MA in Geography and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

Dr. Lin Wu Lin Wu , Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Geography and Anthropology

(909) 869-3578

Dr. Wu is on sabbatical, Spring, 2011, and may not be available to respond to your inquiries.

Dr. Wu currently teaches research methods courses in the MSRS program (RS 550 & RS 650), and has also taught Nature as Model (RS 520). Her current research interests include:

  • Urban climate modeling and simulation
  • GIS and remote sensing application in studying urban (physical) environments
  • Spatial environmental modeling and its application in science and environmental education
  • Geographic perspectives on sustainability issues in California
  • Online teaching and learning

Dr. Wu recently co-authored a text book entitled California Eclectic: A Topical Geography, with Dr. Richard Hyslop and Dr. Sara Garver. She has a B.Sc. and MS from East China Normal University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angleles.