Jana VanderGoot is an Assistant Professor of Architecture, tenure track, at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is also a registered architect and founding partner at VanderGoot Ezban Studio: http://www.vandergootezbanstudio.com/
VanderGoot is interested in the intersection of architecture and landscape. Her design work and research focuses on food systems, forestry practice, and the ways in which buildings act as extensions of larger urban ecological networks. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master of Architecture from University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Notre Dame.
VanderGoot's joint project with Dr. Kelly Cook in Landscape Architecture called "Paper Streets—Takoma Park, Maryland" received funding in 2014 from the National Science Foundation and the University of Maryland ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence. In 2011 VanderGoot was the recipient of the Rieger Graham Prize, ICAA affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, where she conducted research on ancient and modern food systems and their role in the formation of public space, culture, and architecture in the urban context of Rome.
VanderGoot is author of the upcoming book Architecture and the Forest Aesthetic: A New Look at Design and Resilient Urbanism to be published by Routledge in 2017.