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Peter Butler

Director of Design and Community Development

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Phone: (304) 293-5462


College or Department: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design

Peter M. Butler, Director of the School of Design and Community Development, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Extension Specialist in Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University. MLA (2001, Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University), BLA (2000, Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University), BA (1992, English-Creative Writing with French minor, University of Wisconsin-Madison). Peter joined the WVU faculty in 2008. His research interests include cultural landscape research and planning; community design process; industrial landscape reclamation and interpretation; and design studio pedagogy. His research projects include cultural landscape inventory, analysis and treatment; design visualization; brownfields redevelopment; land use planning; historic transportation corridor planning; participatory design methods; and methods of community engagement. Peter leads the Community Engagement Lab through the Family and Community Development program at WVU Extension Service by integrating experiential service-learning courses in the curriculum to build and strengthen partnerships with communities and stakeholder groups across West Virginia.