Nancy Pollock-Ellwand


Professor of Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture
School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Nancy Pollock-Ellwand



PhD in Planning, University of Waterloo

Master of Architecture, University of Manitoba

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand PhD, an international multidisciplinary design expert, joined the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona as dean and professor of landscape architecture in September 2017

Pollock-Ellwand brings a breadth of international expertise and insight to the UA, in her scholarly and professional work as well as in her extensive administrative experience as professor of landscape architecture and dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, a position she held from 2010-2017. With a multidisciplinary approach to urban reform and heritage conservation, Pollock-Ellwand offers a collaborative perspective in the field of design and is known as a smart, thoughtful and engaging leader.

Prior to her roles at the University of Calgary, she served as head and chair (dean) of the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide, and she rose up through the academic ranks of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph. 

She earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Guelph, a master's in architecture from the University of Manitoba and a PhD in planning from the University of Waterloo. She has an extensive background in cultural landscapes and is renowned for her research centered on the history of landscapes and urban reform, and is writing a book on the famous Olmsted firm. 

Pollock-Ellwand serves as vice president/North America for UNESCO's International Council on Monuments and Sites-International Federation of Landscape Architects (ICOMOS-IFLA), Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes. She also serves on field missions and panels reviewing new World Heritage site nominations, located around the world in diverse places such as the mountains of Bhutan, the coastline of Japan and the historic mining region of the Czech Republic.