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Michael Ezban is registered architect and a landscape designer. Ezban’s writing and design work explores cultures of waste—economies, constituencies, and ecologies entangled with waste landscapes. Ezban’s research has focused on Great Lakes dredging landscapes, ancient Roman landfills and contemporary municipal landfills, and innovative aquaculture waste management practices. His work has been published in scholarly journals including Places, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, Landscape Urbanism Journal, and Dimensions. Ezban’s work has been exhibited in national and international venues, including the Van Alen Institute in New York City, and in 2014 his work will be featured at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.
Ezban holds a Master in Landscape Architecture with distinction from Harvard University, where he received the 2013 Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship, the highest honor awarded by the department of Landscape Architecture. He also holds a Master of Architecture with distinction from the University of Michigan, where he received an M.Arch Thesis Award.
Ezban is a founder and principal at Vandergoot Ezban Studio, a research and design practice that engages landscape architecture, building design, and urbanism. Prior to arriving at the University of Maryland, Ezban taught architecture at the University of Michigan, Virginia Tech, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design.