Kirk Dimond

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture


  • Landscape Architecture
  • School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Kirk Dimond


Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape grading and drainage
  • Landscape performance
  • Renewable energy landscapes
  • Site design and construction


Kirk Dimond, LEED AP is an associate professor of landscape architecture and teaches graduate level design studios and technical implementation courses. His research involves landscape performance by evaluating social and ecological synergies and tradeoffs in design decisions relating to ecology, energy, and water. Kirk is currently working on the integration of solar PV infrastructure into the urban landscape through design strategies and exploration of social and environmental colocation opportunities.


  • LAR 511 Design Studio II
  • LAR 554 Site Engineering
  • LAR 555 Site Construction
  • LAR 610 Design Studio III

Selected Publications

Dimond, K. (January 1, 2021). "A Pattern Language for Solar Photovoltaics." Landscape Journal 39 (1), 21-37.

Barron-Gafford, G. A., Pavao-Zuckerman, M. A., Minor, R. L., Sutter, L. F., Barnett-Moreno, I., Blackett, D. T., Thompson, M., Dimond, K., Gerald, A., Nabhan, G. P., & Macknick, J. E. (2019). "Agrivoltaics provide mutual benefits across the food–energy–water nexus in drylands.Nature Sustainability2(9), 848-855.

Van Wieran, R., Ragsdale, J., & Dimond, K. (2018). “Assessing student learning of landscape performance.” In Yang, B. (Ed.) Landscape Research Record. No. 7. pp. 32-41.

Dimond, K. & Johnson, A. (2018). “Singular use landscapes: A critique of metropolitan solar farms.” In Bean, J., Dickinson, S. Ida, A. (ed.s), AMPS Proceedings Series 12. Critical Practice in an Age of Complexity. University of Arizona, Arizona, USA. 22-23 February. pp. 38-48. 

Dimond, K., & Webb, A. (2017). "Sustainable roof selection: Environmental and contextual factors to be considered in choosing a vegetated roof or rooftop solar photovoltaic system.Sustainable cities and society35, 241-249.

Dimond, K. (2017). “Integration of Landscape Performance into Site Engineering Curriculum.” In Yang, B. (Ed.) Landscape Research Record. No. 6. pp. 12-22.

Dimond, K. (2017). “Schoolyard solar gardens: Solar PV systems in public elementary school landscapes in Tucson, Arizona.” In Shin, J., Narayan, M. & Dennis, S. (Eds.) Proceedings of Voices of Place: The 48th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association, pp. 99-106.

News, Research and Projects


Lecture Recap and Video: Kirk Dimond on 'A Photovoltaic Green Roof'

Kirk Dimond, assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Arizona, joins us for the CAPLA Lecture Series on the topic of "A Photovoltaic Green Roof." View the video from Dimond's October 22, 2021 presentation.