Lori Catalano’s background in professional practice and her teaching experience are closely linked. She is a licensed and practicing landscape architect in Colorado and an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University. Prior to teaching, she designed and managed projects ranging from small private spaces to large master plans for parks and college campuses with both public and private clients resulting in several Colorado ASLA awards. As an experienced teacher, her research and creative work are closely related to and integrated with her teaching. Her research topics include strategies for helping students move beyond their fear and resistance during the design process, changing the planting aesthetic for the arid West, and meaningful community engagement. These topics directly relate to her experience in both teaching and practice; she is compelled to integrate her knowledge, experience, and passion with the desire to inspire students to address challenges associated with the environment and society.