North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Kofi Boone has made significant contributions toward the collective knowledge and understanding of community-engaged design and social equity through his leadership in both academia and practice for over two decades. From popularizing the correlation between race and attitude as a landscape analysis factor to pioneering the use of mobile technology to document landscapes, he has laid a foundation for the pursuit of environmental justice and social equity through design. Kofi's scholarship on cross-cultural engagement methods has expanded the toolkit available for landscape architects working in communities different from their own, and he has become a leading voice challenging the historical legacy of the contributions African Americans have made in the American landscape. Kofi has a sustained record of award-winning and nationally recognized scholarship in equitable community-based design strategies, focusing his work on ecological and human-made disasters, ranging from rebuilding flood-damaged landscapes to supporting communities that have been marginalized by structural inequality, urban renewal, and displacement. Kofi's commitment to education earned him the 2019 Most Admired Educator in Landscape Architecture by Design Intelligence.