Rachael Shields

Rachael Shields headshot
330 North Orchard Street, Room B1115A-2
Madison WI 53715
Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers
Joined WID: 2022

Cognitive outcomes of user-customized landscapes


Rachael grew up on a small beef cattle and pumpkin farm in Michigan. Aside from school, she's a part-time Landscape Architect but is happy designing anything from socks to beer cans. Rachael enjoys outdoor activities like rock climbing and cycling. And lastly, she's also passionate about high-quality coffee.


PhD Student, School of Human Ecology – Design Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Cincinnati

Research Description

Rachael’s research investigates kinetic design and how individuals can customize the exterior built environment. Furthermore, she is studying the many benefits kinetic design could offer, including efficiency of space, improvements on cognitive performance, environmental solutions, and alternative forms of participatory design.


American Society of Landscape Architects