Victoria Chanse is a community designer and planner at Victoria University of Wellington/Te Herenga Waka, where she is the Programme Director for Landscape Architecture. She focuses her research, teaching, and practice on solving problems associated with sea level rise, flooding, and stormwater. Her work focuses on participatory, community-based approaches to develop local responsive designs that consider community needs and landscape changes under different scenarios of sea level rise and stormwater management.
Past and current projects have faced critical environmental concerns: design and planning adaptations to sea level change, the use of green infrastructure in addressing stormwater issues, and engaging communities in addressing both equity and environmental problems. Prior to teaching in New Zealand, Dr. Chanse taught at the University of Maryland and at Clemson University in the United States. In the U.S., Dr. Chanse and her students have worked on over 30 projects in 20+ communities, and assisted communities in Maryland in acquiring USD$2.3M in grant funding.