Professor Michael Timmons joined the faculty at Utah State University in 1977. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree at Michigan State University and a Masters of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
He served as Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, from 1989-91, and has been a visiting lecturer and critic at Thames Polytechnic and Leeds Polytechnic, England, and at Hannover University, Germany. He has taught numerous courses in many core areas of the landscape architecture curriculum. Professor Timmons has been active in advising and student-oriented activities, and has led numerous travel-study programs both within the U.S. and abroad.
His areas of interest and concentration are in the areas of recreational planning and design, applied site planning and landscape architectural design, landscape history, and cultural and historic landscape analysis and preservation. Significant scholarly work currently includes historic landscape projects with the National Park Service in Grand Teton National Park, and Little Bighorn Battlefield and Pipe Spring National Monuments. He served as principal investigator for a recently completed study of a proposed International Klondike Gold Rush Trail; a 2,000 mile-long corridor following the historic 1897/98 prospectors route from Seattle to the Yukon Territory along the coast of British Columbia and SE Alaska.
Michael has been actively engaged in the professional practice of landscape architecture, in both the public and private sectors. As a Senior Landscape Architect for the firm of Brian Clouston and Partners, London, England, from 1974-76, Timmons was project manager for numerous international projects, including the Channel Tunnel Terminal Site in Folkestone, England, the landscape master plan for Shahestan Pahlavi, a proposed capital city development in Tehran, Iran, and master planning for Sharm Obhur, a national park near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 1989/90, he worked as Planning Coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency for the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Recreation Area, a 36 mile greenway corridor extending from Minneapolis. He continues to practice in the area of residential design.
Professor Timmons' interest in a hands-on approach to education has led to his supervision of numerous community outreach or field service projects involving students in his courses with real world issues. Representative of these efforts have been projects with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Air Force, and numerous state, county, and local government agencies throughout the Intermountain West.
Professor Timmons has served in many administrative assignments, including Interim Department Head (2007/2008) and LAEP Undergraduate Program Director (2000 to present). He has served on numerous academic committees at both Utah State University and Cal Poly, including as an elected member of the Faculty Senate at both institutions. He is a member of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and is a charter member of Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society. He is a licensed landscape architect in the State of Utah.