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Reid Coffman, PhD

Associate Professor


Dr. Coffman is an Associate Professor in College of Architecture and Environmental Design and a research faculty member at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. As an urban ecological designer, he specializes in the conceptualization and application of living architecture and urban systems that optimize ecological services.  Commonly, he investigates the role of water as an activator for co-benefits in ecological performance with an expertise in the area of vegetative roof systems and rain gardens.  Prior to joining the CUDC he led the Experimental Green Roof at the National Weather Center and The Lake Thunderbird Implementation Plan while at the University of Oklahoma.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Health (University of Missouri), a Master of Landscape Architecture (University of Colorado), and a Doctorate in Urban Ecology and Environmental Horticulture (The Ohio State University). His recent work has been supported the EPA and recognized by ASLA and can be found in Bioscience, Journal of Green Building,  Urban Habitats, and Living Architecture Monitor. 

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Research Areas
  • urban ecological design
  • vegetative roofs
  • bioretention
  • ecological services

American Society of Landscape Architecture

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Reid Coffman, PhD
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability
Taylor Hall
Phone: 330-672-2917
Fax: 330-672-3809