University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture


Harvard professor to discuss politics of trees

Sonja Dümpelmann, landscape historian and landscape architecture professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, will present the 21st Annual Mary Kim McKeown Memorial Lecture in Landscape Architecture on January 20 at UO. Her talk will focus on the history and politics of trees in New York City and how some of the biggest urban conflicts have revolved around them. “Trees are potentially lenses through which we can understand our own culture,” notes UO landscape architecture Assistant Professor Mark Eischeid, who invited Dümpelmann to Eugene.

street trees


Researcher urges adapting to ‘amphibious’ way of life on coasts

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, a landscape architecture professor from City College of New York, will present a lecture at UO on Monday, January 11, focusing on natural ways to make coastal regions more resistant to threats from climate change. Her presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Lee Barlow Giustina Ballroom in the Ford Alumni Center. The lecture, free and open to the public, is preceded by a reception at 5 p.m.

Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge


Search for new A&AA dean under way

Nominations and applications are being sought for dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, with the goal of recruiting a new leader by fall 2016. Professor Scott Pratt, dean of the Graduate School, is leading the search, assisted by executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates.

Dean Search


Studio tackles Redmond highway redesign

Students in a landscape architecture studio are working with the City of Redmond and the Oregon Department of Transportation on ways to build a “multi-way boulevard” through Redmond. It’s part of UO’s Sustainable Cities Year Program, which encourages innovative classes with real-world outcomes.

discussing student work


Sustainable Cities kicks off 2015 year

The 2015-16 Sustainable Cities Year Program with the City of Redmond officially kicked off with a gala celebration at the UO’s Ford Alumni Center October 1. During the yearlong partnership, students, and faculty members will pour 50,000 hours of work into applied projects with sustainability-focused solutions.

SCYP Program Manager Megan Banks listens to Assistant Professor Gerardo Sandoval


UO student team wins global design prize

A University of Oregon landscape architecture student team defeated professional competitors to take first prize in a global innovation challenge to improve the food system, winning $10,000 and advancement to a prototype round. The team now will be provided business incubation support and an opportunity to win $100,000 and move their design to production. The students were in a class taught by Instructors Anne Godfrey and Emma Froh.

Austin presentation


American Society of Landscape Architects elevates Ribe to Fellow

The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated Robert Ribe, professor in the UO Department of Landscape Architecture, to the ASLA Council of Fellows. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions based on their works, leadership, management, knowledge, and service. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO November 6-9 in Chicago, Illinois.

Professor Robert Ribe


Class designs, installs Lawrence Hall courtyard garden

Students in a Plants class taught by Instructor Arica Duhrkoop-Galas designed then installed a new garden in the Lawrence Hall courtyard during spring term. The site, where a large Horse chestnut tree fell in a snowstorm in 2014, now provides a colorful, aromatic, and meditative space for everyone in A&AA. “It was important to me to have happy plants that would be both visually attractive and fragrant,” says the site’s designer, third-year BLA student Peter Obermeyer. “I wanted plants that can reduce stress.” 

plants class


Gilman Scholars: 5 of 11 are A&AA students

Five of the 11 University of Oregon students awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to fund their summer 2015 study abroad programs are students in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward study abroad costs. The A&AA students are:  • Halley Anderson — Japan, architecture  • Josie Christensen — Palau, art and anthropology  • Alfredo Gonzalez-Cruz — Italy, architecture  • Zak Johnson — Japan, landscape architecture    • Amanda Oliver — Palau, digital arts and anthropology 

Halley Anderson


Centennial: 2010s look forward to new A&AA home

A&AA is wrapping up its 100th anniversary this month after a full year of events, exhibitions, and celebrations. The school is now embarking on a capital campaign to imagine the future of art and design education and facilities for the next 100 years. In envisioning the school’s future, the A&AA Building Project Work Group in January issued a request for proposals (RFP) from student teams for a competition to design a transformative learning environment for A&AA. In May, the finalists were announced.

Towards a Collaborative Future