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Paul Coseo

Paul Coseo

Assistant Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Design School
Arizona State University
PO Box 871605
Tempe, AZ 85287-1605


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


Dr. Coseo examines how the design of cities impact natural processes and social communities. He approaches research, teaching, and practice with a humble appreciation for how our urban designs impact the sustainability of natural and social environments. Recently, he investigated how physical characteristics of eight Chicago neighborhoods contributed to urban heat islands and heat vulnerability. His other areas of interest include adaptation to climate change, environmental negotiation, community engagement, and social justice. Dr. Coseo teaches landscape architecture courses on ecological planning and design.


  • PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan, 2013
  • MLA, Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan, 2004
  • BS, Meteorology, Central Michigan University, 1996


Journal Articles


Coseo, P. and L. Larsen. 2014. How factors of land use/land cover, building configuration, and adjacent heat sources and sinks explain urban heat islands in Chicago. Landscape and Urban Planning 125(May):117-129. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.02.019. (link )


Karwat, D. M., L. S. Sherman, L. Cole, K. C. Bardiane, P. J. Coseo and L. S. Larsen. 2013. A lesson in service learning and community engagement. Michigan Journal of Sustainability 1:151-159. DOI: 10.3998/mjs.12333712.0001.011. (link )

Larsen, L., L. S. Sherman, L. Cole, D. Karwat, K. Badiane and P. Coseo. 2013. Social justice and sustainability in poor neighborhoods: Learning and living in southwest Detroit. Journal of Planning Education and Research 34(1):5-18. DOI: 0.1177/0739456X13516498. (link )



Larson, K., R. Andrade, A. York, D. Childers, P. Coseo, S. Earl, M. Ehlenz, N. Grimm, S. Hall, S. Harlan, D. Hondula, S. Lerman, D. Pfeiffer, J. Ripplinger, V. K. Smith, P. Warren, M. Watkins, D. White, S. Wittlinger, M. Wright and A. Wutich. 2017. The Phoenix Area Social Survey IV: Linking Social and Biophysical Dynamics in Urban Neighborhoods. (link )