John Alexopoulos
Associate Professor

Landscape Architecture 

University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd., Unit 4067
Department of Plant Science
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

Telephone: (860) 486-1941
Fax: (860) 486-0682

Experience & Education

1984 - present:  Assoc. Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Connecticut 
1977 - 1984:      Asst. Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Connecticut 
1970 - 1977:      Director, Knox Parks Foundation, Hartford, CT.

1969 - 1970:      Site Planner, Moriece and Gary, Inc., Cambridge, MA

M.L.A. 1969:      Landscape Architect, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 
B.S. 1966:         Horticulture, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Licenses & Activities

State of Connecticut, No. 550

Member, American Society of Landscape Architects

Teaching Program

LAND 2120: Landscape Architecture: Graphics II – Design Communication (formerly PLSC 256)
LAND 2220: Landscape Architecture: Theory II – Design History (formerly PLSC 277)
LAND 3310: Landscape Architecture : Construction I – Site Engineering (formerly PLSC 281)
LAND 3430: Landscape Architecture: Design III – Program Development (formerly PLSC 266)

Graduate Teaching: 

Practicum in landscape restoration and lectures in urban parks history. Major advisor for two M.S. students and associate advisor to twelve.

Graduate student projects overseen:

Study for Field Park, Haddam, CT. 1984.

Study for the Rockfall Properties. Middlesex, CT. 1986.

Community Outreach Projects with Students:

Balf Recreation Area, Glastonbury, Baltic Mills Feasibility Study, Bethlehem Street Tree Design

Caisse Park Design/Windham, Darien Streetscape Design, East Hampton Park, Farmington River Park

Litchfield Street Tree Program, Main Street Manchester Study, Norwalk Streetscapes

Seymour Downtown Study, Storrs Center Redesign, Thompson Recreation Study

Town of Wauregan Streetscape Plans, West River, New Haven Park Proposal

Windham County 4-H Farm Master Planning, Windsor Connecticut River Trail

Short Course Instruction:

"Landscapes as a Learning Experience". Federated Garden Clubs of CT. New Haven, CT. March 2000

"Principles of Landscape Architectural Design". Fed. Garden Clubs of CT. New Haven, CT. Mar., 1999.

"Design Resume". Federated Garden Clubs of CT. New Haven, CT. March 1998.

"Site Accessories". Federated Garden Clubs of CT. New Haven, CT. March, 1997.

"Computers in Landscape Architecture". At U. of CT. For professional landscape architects. 1995.

"Landscape Graphics". Federated Garden Clubs of CT. New Haven, CT. 1986.

"Site Planning". Federated Garden Clubs of CT. New Haven, CT. 1984

"Landscape Plan Communication". Connecticut Nurseryman's Assoc. U. of CT. 1992-94.

"Site Evaluation". Bartlett Arboretum Horticulture Course. 1982-92

Research Interests

My interests lay in public park design, specifically, the development of the landscapes in 19th century parks and the use of best management practices for controlling urban storm water runoff.

Best Management Practices for Urban Runoff

Jordan Cove National Monitoring Project, Waterford, CT.

Project: 8 Year duration. Runoff monitored before, during and after construction, with residents education for BMP management. Development of a 12 unit subdivision in a Long Island Sound community, utilizing BMP's. Project team led by Dr. Jack Clausen, Dept. Of Natural Resources, Univ. of CT.



The Nineteenth Century Parks of Hartford. Alexopoulos, J. The Hartford Architecture Conservancy. Hartford, CT. 1983.

The Value of Trees in Connecticut's Urban Forest. Ricard, R. and Alexopoulos, J. U. of CT Extension System. 1998.


Clausen, J., Hull, M., Alexopoulos, J. Report. Jordan Cove Urban Watershed Project Section 319. For U. S. E. P. A. and Connecticut DEP. April 1997.

Favretti, R. and Alexopoulos, J. Chronological Abstracts, Site Inventory, Graphic Sources for Elm Park, Worcester, MA. Commonwealth of Mass., Department of Environmental Management. 1985. 
Historic site inventory and guidelines for historic restoration. Emphasis on plantings.

Alexopoulos, J. The Creator of Bushnell Park . Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. 47, pp. 65-73, 1982.

Extension Publications:

Alexopoulos, J. and R.J. Favretti. Community Gardens, Univ. of Conn. Extension Service, Storrs, CT. 1975.

Sketches for Landscaping to Conserve Energy, Favretti, R. 1976.

Software Publication:

Alexopoulos, J. Trees , Connecticut Urban Forestry Council. 1992. 
A program for landscape architects and urban foresters to select recommended trees for various situations.

Landscape Plants, a program to select trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and ground covers. Used in Planting Design studio, PLSC 278.

Miscellaneous Publications:

Landscaping the Old House, Hartford Architecture Conservancy, Hartford, CT. Spring 1979.

Hartford Parks Everywhere poster, editor and contributor,

Hartford Parks Dept. & Aetna Life & Casualty, 1980.

Extension Articles:

"Low Maintenance Landscapes". HORT IMPACT. Coop. Ext. Sys. Vol. 92-2, Feb. 1992.

"Reading Plans". Chapter for CT. Nurseryman Assoc., Landscape Technicians Manual. 1993-94.

"Landscape Renewal". Bartlett Arboretum Newsletter. Vol. 13. No.1. 1989

"The Arboretum's Woody Plants". Bartlett Arboretum Newsletter. Spring 1985.

"Hartford's Rain of Parks", Milestones, Univ. of Conn. Coop. Ext. Service, Fall- Winter 1980-81.

"What's in a Park?", Hartford Architecture Conservancy Magazine , Htfd., CT. Vol. 9, NO.2, Mar. 1981.

"Resist Temptation to Cut Corners With Tie Walls", Weeds, Trees and Turf , Vol. 20, No. 2, Feb. 1981.

"Factors Cited in Improving the Home Landscape", Hartford Courant , Hartford, CT. March 23, 1980.

"Remodeling", House Beautiful , New York, Sept. 1979.

Nursery Newsletter, Cooperative Extension Service, 15 articles.


"Hartford's Nineteenth Century Parks". Univ. of Conn. Library. Jan. 23-Mar.12, 1982.

"The Park System of Hartford". State Capitol and Elizabeth Park. 1976.

"...some spacious ornamental ground". Wadsworth Athenaeum. Hartford, CT. 1975.

Invited Papers, Articles and Seminars:

"Hartford's Outstanding Parks History". Green Thumb Print, Knox Parks Foundation. Hartford, CT. 1999.

"Designing with Best Management Practices for Controlling Runoff". New England Region National Council of State Garden Clubs. Norwich, CT. Oct. 1998.

"Design Considerations for Urban Street Tree Plantings". The Forest on Main Street. Connecticut Urban Forest Council 9th Annual Conference. Meriden, CT. Nov. 1997.

"Selection Software Using Database Programs". Faculty Resource Lab Open House, Computer Center, Univ. of Conn., Apr. 1994.

"Street Tree Selection Criteria". Tree Wardens of CT Conference. Haddam, CT. May 1994.

"Hartford Parks History and Recent Developments". Hartford City Council. 3/20/89.

"Buffer Zoning and Plantings". Conference on Conservation Commissions. Meriden, CT. Feb 1989.

"Historic Landscapes in Connecticut". National Association of Olmsted Parks. New Haven. April 1988.

"Development of the Hartford Park System". Office of the City Plan: Hartford, CT. 9/27/88.

"Design Criteria for Selecting Street Trees". Arborist's Workshop, Univ. of CT, 4/29/84.

"Park Budgets". Nat'l. Assoc. of Olmsted Parks. Chicago. 6/5/82.

"Keney Park- A Case Study in Ecological Park Design". Nat'l. Assoc. of Olmsted Parks. Chicago. 6/4/82.

"The Public Park Concept of the 19th Century and What It Offers Today". 12th Annual Pennsbury Manor Americana Forum. Morrisville, Penn. 9/24/81.

"The Hartford Park System". Connecticut Historical Society. Hartford, CT. 3/3/81.

"Olmsted in Hartford". Nat'l. Assoc. of Olmsted Pks. Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford. 2/21/81.

Workshops Attended:

Digital Imaging Processing for Earth Resources Analysis. U. of Conn. 4 days. 1994

Pagemaker, Macintosh. Univ. of Conn. Computer Center. 1992,93.

Wbasic, Intro. to Computing. Univ. of Conn. Computer Center. 1984.




Promotion, Tenure and Reappointment.

Search: Department Head, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture (5)

University Committees:

Facilities Master Plan.

State Committees:

Urban Forest Council, Board of Directors. 1991 to present.

Rivers Advisory Council, Appointed member. Conn. State Dept. of Environmental Protection. Scenic Resources subcommittee (active member assessing scenic river resources). 1991 to present.

Savin Property. Assessment committee. Dept. of Agriculture. Spring 1994.

Bartlett Arboretum , Board of Directors. 1980-92.

Environmental Review Team, King's Mark. 1981-84.


Advisory board directed arboretum concept and development for 1401 Farmington Avenue Continued Care Facility. With Johnson and Richter, Land . Arch.'s. 1987-89.

Steering Committee. National Association of Olmsted Parks. 1983-85.

Friends of Keney Park, Hartford, CT.

Bushnell Park Foundation, Hartford, CT

Parks and Recreation Department, City of Hartford

Design Review Panel, Mansfield, CT 1978-88

Professional Site Planning Projects

Historic Restoration Projects:

Highland Park, Rochester, New York. For Rudy J. Favretti. Assessment of historic park landscape. 1993.

Replanting Bushnell Park Hartford, CT . For the Bushnell Park Foundation and Quennell Rothschilde, Landscape Architects. Historic site inventory and development of guidelines for restoration of plantings. 1988

Master Plans:

Pomfret School Landscape Master Plan. Pomfret, CT. Master development plan and planting plans for campus. 1983 to 1992.

Master Plan Study, Silver Spring Recreation Areas, Ocala National Forest, Florida. U.S. Forest Service. 1990.

Southern Conn. State University , New Haven, CT. Inventory and assessment of campus and recommendations and working drawings for landscape restoration and rehabilitation. 1990-1991.

Bartlett Arboretum, University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT. Assessment of existing programs and landscape collections. Master plan of grounds and redesign of specific collection gardens - dwarf conifers, rhododendrons and azaleas, witches' brooms. Redesign of entrance. Programming and continual assessment. 1979-90.

Site Planning:

The Mansions at Hockanum Crossing. Landscape plans. 1999-2000.

Natchaug Hospital, Mansfield, CT. Landscape plans. 1998-99.

Walbro. Meriden, CT. Landscape development and contract drawings. 1997

Autumn Chase. Ellington, CT. Landscape development plans for multi-family housing. 1996

Monaco, Planned Area Development, Glastonbury, CT. Study sections and landscape plans. 1993-94.

Vernon Shopping Center, Vernon, CT. For Konover, Inc. and Shaw's. Landscape plans. 1993.

Hyde Park Plaza, Vernon, CT. For Hayes Kaufman Development Corporation. Landscape planning and landscape plans. 1992.

Plainville Shopping Center, Plainville, CT for Hayes Kaufman Development Corporation. Landscape plan. 1990. Construction supervision, 1994.

IBM Southbury, CT

Landscape assessment and recommendations. 1990.

Newington Stop and Shop Plaza, Newington, CT. For Hayes Kaufman Development Corporation. Landscape plan. 1990.

Storrs Road Plaza, Mansfield, CT. For Hayes Kaufman Development Corp. and Frazier Lamson and Budlong, Architects. Landscape plan. 1989.

Woodlake Condominiums, Woodbury, CT

Landscape assessment and recommendations. 1989.

Mountain Ridge, Mountain Ridge Development Corp., Somers. Subdivision plantings, 1986.

Suffield Green. Master plan and planting plans for redesign of the green for Town of Suffield, CT. 1985.

Market Landing, Newburyport, Mass. With the Halvorson Co., Landscape Architects, Boston. Riverfront park development in historic redevelopment district. Planting design. 1983.

Congress Street, Hartford. Street tree planting design for restoration with Smith Edwards Arch.'s. 1980.

Billings Forge Apartments, Hartford. Design of two courtyards and perimeter area of rehabilitated factories with Smith Edwards Architects. 1980.

CIGNA, Bloomfield, CT

Landscape assessment and recommendations. 1980.

Knox Parks Foundation, Inc. Development of small playgrounds in Hartford, including facilities for field sports, tots play areas, passive areas: North United Methodist Church, Garden Street, Cabot Street, W. Clay Street, Center Street play areas, Stowe Village, HARC. 1970 - 1977.

Planting design projects in Hartford. Street tree plantings with the Hartford Parks and Recreation Dept. 1970 - 1977

Hancock-Lincoln Elementary School. Site development working drawings, Quincy, Mass. Included siting of buildings, grading and drainage, site details, site layout, planting design with Moriece and Gary, Land. Arch's, 1969.

Six New Hampshire Towns, Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests. Townscape improvement study for six small towns, Laconia, Wolfeboro, Holderness, Freedom, Plymouth and Weirs Beach. 1968. The analysis and design recommendations for six town centers relating to land use, circulation, appearance and amenities.

Residential Design:

Plans, sketches and supervision of construction for 40 private residential clients.

Professional Graphics:

Sketches, diagrams, perspectives and archival plans of historic restoration projects for Rudy J. Favretti, Landscape Architect, Storrs, CT.