University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture


ASLA Oregon honors Landscape Architecture department

Several A&AA scholars, alumni, and friends were recognized recently with Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ inaugural Honor Awards. "After a long tradition of an annual design awards program, we decided to shift our focus this year to recognizing the best in our profession and our community," said Laurie Matthews, Oregon ASLA president.

Casey Howard


Landscape architecture student team adds fifth prize to project tally

A team of UO landscape architecture students won the People’s Choice award in the 2016 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, along with a separate $10,000 cash prize, for their project “Living Filtration System.” The People’s Choice award included $3,000 plus software valued at another $3,000.

Matt Jorgensen, Casey Howard, and Alison Lewis


UO launches sustainability partnership with City of Albany

The UO’s Sustainable City Year Program is collaborating this year with the City of Albany, Oregon, on projects ranging from parks improvements to economic development. Albany’s mayor and staff celebrated the partnership at the Jaqua Center with students, faculty, and others recently.

Dyana Mason with audience


Winning design combines art, sustainable power generation

A UO team of architecture and landscape architecture students placed second in an international competition for professionals and students to design a civic artwork that also generates carbon-free electricity and water. Their project, and one other UO entry in the competition, will be featured in a book published in November.

wave-, wind-, and solar-powered generators within graceful arches


A&AA lands top talent across disciplines

A&AA welcomes new tenure-track faculty in art, landscape architecture, art history, historic preservation, and planning, public policy and management.

new faculty


Earthworm-inspired design wins prize for UO landscape architects

The student team’s innovative Living Filtration System, created to help farmers keep nutrients in the soil, wins the Living Product Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The $10,000 award makes them eligible for the $100,000 grand prize, which will be announced October 22.

Matt Jorgensen, Casey Howard, and Alison Lewis


New A&AA dean thinks globally, shares locally

For Christoph Lindner, the new dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, "university life-research, education, teaching-connects to everything." Lindner shares his enthusiasm about making those connections at the University of Oregon and A&AA's growing global reach. He brings his own far-reaching global experience to the table as well, having most recently come from Amsterdam. Read more at AroundtheO

Christoph Lindner


Landscape architecture researchers’ work seeks green mechanisms

Findings by UO researchers including Gwynne Mhuireach, a doctoral student in landscape architecture at the UO, and landscape architecture Professor Bart Johnson are featured in the August 2 edition of and will appear in print in the journal Science of the Total Environment. The researchers determined that airborne bacterial communities differ in subtle but potentially important ways. “I am looking for mechanisms that explain why vegetation helps people and how we can design for it,” Mhuireach says.

Gwynne Mhuireach


Landscape architecture student team wins additional startup funding for filter prototype

A team of UO landscape architecture students has won additional startup funding for a water filtration prototype, this time $2,500 in the statewide Cleantech Challenge and a chance at another $10,000 in the September final round. Earlier, the team won $10,000 in a global competition and the chance to compete for a $100,000 prize to be awarded in October. In a further show of team unity and largesse, one team member plans to use a separate, individual $15,000 scholarship stipend to further her team’s research.

team photo


Bart Johnson selected for 2016-17 Fund for Faculty Excellence award

Bart Johnson, head and professor of landscape architecture, is one of fifteen UO faculty chosen for a 2016-17 Fund for Faculty Excellence award. He was recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in research and teaching in the areas of applied ecology in landscape design and planning through integration of people and their use of the land with the native ecosystems and evolutionary processes.

Bart Johnson