Assistant Professor

Katherine Lieberknecht is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin and a fellow with the School’s Center for Sustainable Development. Her research areas include urban water resources planning, metropolitan-scaled green infrastructure planning, and food systems of metropolitan areas.

Dr. Lieberknecht currently teaches courses on urban agriculture systems, water resources planning, and urban ecology and has taught courses on land conservation, non-profit management and property rights. She has published academic articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Hydrology, and the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, as well as published numerous professional reports focused on land conservation, sustainable economic development, and neighborhood sustainability planning. Prior to joining the UT Austin faculty, she worked as a planner in private practice in Oregon and as staff member at the Finger Lakes Land Trust in upstate New York. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the College of William and Mary, a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.


  • B.S., Biology: College of William and Mary
  • Master of Environmnetal Management: Yale University
  • Ph.D., City and Regional Planning: Cornell University


photo of Katherine Lieberknecht
  • water resources/land use interactions
  • land conservation
  • sustainable agriculture
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