Claire Latané (la-ta-nay) is a writer, community advocate, and ecological designer. She is an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Claire practiced landscape architecture for EPTDESIGN and Studio-MLA before starting her own consultancy: Design with Mental Health in Mind. She applies landscape architecture and neuroscience research connecting designed environments with mental health, safety, academic success, and physical and social outcomes to create healthier school and community environments. Her book Schools That Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind, will be released by Island Press in June 2021. This work began with support from the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the Association for Women in Architecture Foundation, the Prevention Institute, and Cal Poly Pomona’s department of landscape architecture. Claire is a founding member of the Los Angeles Living Schoolyard Coalition and founded and organizes the Emergency Schoolyard Design Volunteers with the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative.
Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World, Nancy Striniste. 2019.
Physical Activity and Social Behaviors of Urban Children in Green Schoolyards, Dr. Marcella Raney. 2019.