Douglas Kent, MS, MLA



Douglas Kent is an author, activist, educator, and specialist in ecological land management. He is the Principal of Douglas Kent + Associates and teaches land management courses at USC, School of Architecture, and the John Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, at California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Mr. Kent is author of many land management books, including Firescaping: Protecting your home with a fire-resistant landscape (Wilderness Press 2019, 2nd Ed.); Foraging Southern California: 118 nutritious, tasty and abundant foods (Adventure Publication 2019)California Friendly: A Maintenance Guide for Landscapers, Gardeners and Land Managers (MUNI 2017)Ocean Friendly Gardens: A how-to gardening guide to help restore a healthy coast and ocean (Surfrider Foundation 2009)Firescaping: Creating fire-resistant landscapes, gardens and properties in California’s diverse environments (Wilderness Press 2005); A New Era of Gardening: A book on gardening for oxygen and a healthier atmosphere (Garden Shed Productions 2001); and Our City’s Harvest: An overview of the goods and services that can be captured, grown, and harvested from California’s urban landscapes (not yet published). Kent has had over 50 articles published in various newspapers and magazines, including CoastKeeper MagazineFine GardeningLos Angeles TimesMarin Independent Journal, Orange County Register, and the Sonoma Press Democrat.

Kent has been working in California's landscapes for over 40 years and his designs and projects have been featured in publications across the nation, including Los Angeles TimesFine GardeningSunset Magazine, HGTV, National Wildlife, and CNN Comcast. Kent received both his master’s degrees from Cal Poly Pomona, one in Regenerative Studies and the other Landscape Architecture.

Currently Teaching
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    Advanced Topics in Urban Ecology
    Advanced Topics in Urban Ecology

    This course topically explores both the multiple human-caused impacts on the planetary environment – sea-level rise, increased wildfire, deforestation, habitat loss, etc. – and examines landscape architectural strategies and capacities to mitigate both the causes and the effects. The course splits time in the field, examining challenging landscapes and landscape interventions, and in the classroom, studying global challenges and landscape architectural applications.  

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