Brett Milligan

Position Title
Associate Professor; Vice Chair

  • Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design
157 Hunt Hall

Brett Milligan 

Associate Professor; Vice Chair 

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design 

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Multi-benefit climate change adaptation 
  • Transdisciplinary design practices 
  • Critical infrastructural studies 
  • Landscape fieldwork, ethnography, modeling, surveying and geospatial mapping 

Brett Milligan is a landscape architect and professor of landscape architecture and environmental design at the University of California, Davis. He is a co-founder of the Dredge Research Collaborative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring the human alteration and design of sedimentary landscapes, and at UC Davis, the director of the Metamorphic Landscapes Lab, dedicated to prototyping landscape-based adaptations to conditions of accelerated climatic and environmental change through transdisciplinary design research.  Much of his work is based in California and the Bay-Delta region, undoing and reworking colonial legacies of land reclamation, water infrastructure, flood control and fire suppression.  


Follow him on Twitter (@freeassocdesign) and Instagram (freeassociationdesign) 

Franks tract Futures Design project:  

Delta Island Adaptations project:  

More about the Dredge Research Collaborative: 


Masters of Landscape Architecture. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 


B.A. Anthropology. Honors. University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Curriculum Vitae

Milligan CV

Learn more about Emily Schlickman and Brett Milligan's new book, Design by Fire: Resistance, Co-Creation, and Retreat in the Pyrocene.

Forthcoming Book: Silt Sand Slurry: Dredging Sediment and the Worlds we Are Making: