Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, PhD proudly serves as the Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. She has a broad background in design with degrees in landscape architecture, architecture and planning. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Prior to coming to joining CAPLA, she served as Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Canada, and Head and Chair at the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
With a background in cultural landscape practice and scholarship, Pollock-Ellwand’s research focus centers on the history of landscapes, as they are manifest in urban reform, landscape design and heritage conservation. On a local basis she lends her expertise as a Board Member to the Patronato San Xavier; and she just completed the development of an online course on cultural landscape conservation for the newly launched Heritage Conservation Certificate in the College.
Pollock-Ellwand’s international focus in the past years has been in World Heritage protection. She has been involved with UNESCO’s cultural agency, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), across several roles. She served as Co-Chair of the ICOMOS evaluation panels for new World Heritage nominations; she has also participated in advisory missions to state parties considering new nominations; and she provides input to international policy on cultural landscape protection, as well as reviews for the World Monuments Fund. At present she serves as a Volunteer member of the Advisory Committee (AdCom) to ICOMOS. This work takes her occasionally to fascinating locations around the world. These have ranged from the sacred mountainous landscapes of Bhutan, and the tower houses of southeast Saudi Arabia; to medieval mining sites in the Czech Republic, the once-secret sites of clandestine religious observance along the southwestern coastline of Japan, and the ancient reindeer hunting grounds of the Sami people of Norway.
Dr. Pollock-Ellwand holds a PhD in Planning from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Architecture from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph.