Nina-Marie Lister is Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor in the School of Urban + Regional Planning. From 2009-2014, she was Visiting Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. In 2012, Prof. Lister was named Senior Scholar with the Centre for Humans and Nature. A Registered Professional Planner with a background in landscape ecology and urban planning, she is the founding principal of plandform, a creative studio practice exploring the relationship between landscape, ecology, and urbanism. Prof. Lister’s research, teaching and practice focus on the confluence of landscape infrastructure and ecological processes within contemporary metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on resilience and adaptive systems approaches.
At Ryerson University, Lister founded and directs the Ecological Design Lab, a collaborative incubator for community-based ecological design research and practice, and an experimental generator in rapid prototyping for resilience. She is a member of the Ryerson Urban Water Centre where she contributes work on flood-friendly design and resilient water infrastructure.
She is co-editor of Projective Ecologies (with Chris Reed, Harvard GSD and ACTAR Press, 2014) and the The Ecosystem Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability (with David Waltner-Toews and the late James Kay, Columbia University Press, 2008), and author of more than 30 professional practice and scholarly publications. These include recent contributions to Ecological Urbanism (Harvard GSD with Lars Müller Publishers 2010) and Large Parks (Princeton Architectural Press 2008, winner of the J.B. Jackson Book Prize).