Victoria Chanse

Assistant Professor
(301) 405-4345

My research and teaching address cross-disciplinary design and planning approaches to civic engagement. My current research include 1) advancing the understanding of trans disciplinary approaches to sea level change design and planning responses on Maryland's Eastern shore and 2) community-based participatory research in local. I have been and am a co-principal Investigator for several U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 3-year grants. As a primary investigator, I have received grants from the University of Maryland's National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Seed Grant program and the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Seed Grant program. Past collaborative projects include the Sand River Headwaters Green Infrastructure project in Aiken, SC and community design approaches in North Charleston. The former project was accepted into the 2010 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ Pilot Program. The latter project in North Charleston with the Low Country Alliance for Model Communities in North Charleston was part of an award-winning collaboration that was recognized by the 2009 U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award. Most recently, my students and I were awarded first place in the Maryland’s Smart Growth Challenge in 2014 for their sea level change design investigations in Oxford, MD.



Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

M.C.P., University of California at Berkeley, City & Regional Planning

B.A., Oberlin College, Biology


Awards and Honors:

2014, Sustainable Maryland Growth Challenge, Received from the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission for the LARC748 Special Topics Studio Project on Oxford, MD Sea Level Change Design Investigations (selected class project submission)

2009, Environmental Justice Achievement Award for the Partnership with the Mitigation Agreement Commission and the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (North Charleston Stromboli Corridor Project), Received from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice (this award included all the project partners)

2009, Nominee for South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Service Learning Award, Received from Clemson University for the Stromboli Corridor Design

2009, Service Alliance Faculty Fellow, Received from Clemson University 2009