Daniel Roehr


Associate Professor

Contact details


385 – Macmillan






BA Landscape Architecture (Hons), Heriot Watt University Edinburgh College of Art
HND Horticulture & Landscape Technology, Askham Bryan College of Agriculture & Horticulture


Professor Roehr teaches Landscape Architecture at SALA and is a licensed landscape architect in BC and Berlin. He is director of greenskinslab where his research focuses on the integration of living roofs as part of holistic systems for storm water management. Daniel coauthored the book “Living Roofs in Integrated Urban Water Systems” (Routledge 2015) and regularly publishes. His new book "Multisensory Landscape Design: A Designer’s Guide for Seeing” will be published by Routledge in May 2022. The lab recently created a user-friendly LID application for designers to estimate the dimension and runoff retention effectiveness of LID tools (living roofs, swales, bio-retention areas) used in combination at the initial project concept design phase. He also runs a hand drawing blog and Instagram account which archives 30 years of his architectural and landscape architectural hand drawings to inspire students to continue to use hand drawing as a design and research tool additional to current digital modelling applications.

In 2013/14, he was a UBC Sustainability Research Fellow and was selected as a team member to compete designing the Canadian National Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa and in 2016 he received the Killam Teaching Prize from UBC.

Daniel has practiced extensively in Europe, North America, and Asia. From 1995 to 2000, he was project architect of the award-winning Daimler-Chrysler Green Roof Project, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany and ran his own firm in Berlin from 1999 to 2007, and co-founded a firm in Shanghai in 2004.

Selected publications

Roehr, D., Wei, F., Bailey, S., 2021. “Sensewalk Mapping as a Method for Teaching Multi-Sensorial Landscape Perception.” Landscape Architecture 28(10): 96 - 106.

Wu, F., Bankston, J., Roehr, D., Wei, F., 2021. “Stormwater Calculation Application for Low Impact Development in the Conceptual Phase of Urban Site Development.” Journal of Living Architecture 8(1): 41 - 64.

Roehr, D., Bailey, S., 2020. “Gardens are… Buildings: A Gardens Role in Unprecedented Times.” Landscape Architecture (9) 24 - 34.

Roehr, D., 2018. “China’s Sponge Cities - a Vast Living Roof Lab.” Landscape Architecture (9): 66 - 73.

Roehr, D. & Fassman-Beck, E. (2015). Living roofs in integrated urban water systems. New York, NY: Routledge.

Roehr, D. & Kong, Y. (2010). Retro-greening suburban Calgary: Application of the green factor to a typical Calgary residential site. Landscape Journal, 29(2), 124–143.

Roehr, D. and Kong, Y. (2010). Runoff reduction effects of green roofs in Vancouver, BC, Kelowna, BC, and Shanghai, P.R. China. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 35 (1), 53–68.