Joshua Cerra

Josh Cerra

Director of Undergraduate Studies

444 Kennedy Hall
(607) 255-1694

Assistant Professor Cerra has practiced as a designer and ecologist for over 20 years combined. His work addresses relationships between urban ecosystems and site development processes on topics including urban ecological design, climate adaptation, sustainable development, and green infrastructure.

Research Focus

Design with urban ecosystems for improved project performance, particularly within areas of urban ecological design and climate adaptation

Teaching Focus

Mr. Cerra's teaching investigates the intersection of urban ecological science and sustainable design practice. Course and studio topics have included urban ecology, design and environmental systems, urban ecological design and climate adaptation.

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence In Design Studio Teaching - Junior Faculty Award (2015) The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
  • CALS Young Faculty Teaching Award (2014) Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Book Chapters

  • Cerra, J., Wien, H. C., & Skelly, S. (2015). Making change: designing a new model for climate change interpretation and experimentation. p. 23-36 Incite Change | Change Insight Keane, Tim (ed.), New Prairie Press, Manhattan, KS.

Conference Proceedings

  • Cerra, J., & Crain, R. (2016). Beating the property barrier: Building community to build ecology in cities. Landscape Research Record, Landscape Research Record 223-244 p.
  • Cerra, J. (2016). The YardWorks Project: Developing Urban Ecological Design Strategies for Residential Private Property. Landscape Research Record. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture 89-100 p.
  • Cerra, J. (2015). Leveraging Urban Ecosystems for Comprehensive Climate- Adaptive Design: An Approach Framework for Landscape Architects. Nisha A. Fernando, Ph.D., & Greg Allen Barker, AIA (ed.), Environmental Design Research Association, Environmental Design Research Association, Madison, Wisconsin, USA 42-47 p.
  • Cerra, J. (2014). Changing the Matrix: Stewardship Models for Coordinating Urban Ecological Enhancement on Private Property. Environmental Design Research Association 45th Annual Conference Proceedings. Environmental Design Research Association, Environmental Design Research Association, Mclean, VA, USA 64-69 p.
  • Cerra, J., & Muller, B. W. (2014). Dynamic urban ecologies: adaptive approaches to landscape-structure in the face of urban change. Environmental Design Research Association 45th Annual Conference Proceedings. Environmental Design Research Association, Environmental Design Research Association, Mclean, VA, USA 58-63 p.

Abstracts

  • Cerra, J., & Muller, B. W. Adaptive architectures and urban wetland ecologies [abstract]. Canterbury, Kent, UK: Kent School of Architecture;.

Presentations and Activities

  • Building Social and Ecological Resilience in Cities. Salmon in the City: Ecology + Urban Design Symposium. January 2017. Salmon-Safe, Inc./University of Oregon. Portland, Oregon.
  • Building Urban Ecological Resilience. ARCE School. December 2016. Megawra. Cairo, Egypt.
  • Cornell Climate-adaptive Design Studio. COP22 Blue Zone Climate Change Studio mini side event. November 2016. United Nations . Marrakech, Morocco.
  • Leveraging Urban Ecosystems for Comprehensive Climate-Adaptive Design: An Approach Framework for Landscape Architects. Environmental Design Research Association 46th Annual Conference. May 2015. Ennvironmental Design Research Association. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Urban Ecological Design Strategies. Vancouver Bird Week 2015. May 2015. City of Vancouver. Vancouver, BC.
  • YardWorks: New urban ecological design strategies for residential private property. Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium. March 2015. Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium. Ithaca, NY.
  • Making Change: Designing a New Model for Climate Change Interpretation and Experimentation. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. March 2015. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. Manhattan, KS.
  • The YardWorks Project: Developing Urban Ecological Design Strategies for Residential Private Property. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. March 2015. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. Manhattan, KS.
  • Changing the Matrix: Stewardship Models for Coordinating Urban Ecological Enhancement on Private Property. 2014 Environmental Design Research Association Conference. May 2014. Environmental Design Research Association. New Orleans, LA.
  • Dynamic Urban Ecologies: Adaptive Approaches to Landscape-structure in the Face of Urban Change. 2014 Environmental Design Research Association Conference. May 2014. Environmental Design Research Association. New Orleans, LA.