University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture


Garden begins new partnership

A small garden plot in the corner of the Edison Elementary School playground marks the beginning of a collaborative relationship between the UO Service Learning Program and Edison’s K-5 students. The Schoolhouse Garden project will provide students hands-on opportunities to think critically about their natural surroundings, from measuring plant growth to selling the produce back to the school cafeteria.

The service garden is located on the northwest corner of the playground at Edison Elementary


Program graduates its first PhD

A native of China, Lanbin Ren had never heard of Oregon when she saw a poster advertising the University of Oregon’s brand-new PhD program in landscape architecture. She was about to graduate with a master of science in architecture from the University of Cincinnati, but wasn’t ready to leave academia. “I wanted to learn something new but still related to architecture, and I thought landscape could be an option, so I applied,” she says. Accepted in 2007, in December 2012 she became the program’s first PhD graduate.

Lanbin Ren teaching a winter class


Symposium May 25 to honor Professor Kenny Helphand

A special one-day symposium honoring Professor Kenneth Helphand on his retirement is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, at the Ford Alumni Center on the University of Oregon campus.

Kenny Helphand


Ribe coauthors journal article on ecosystem services

University of Oregon Professor Robert Ribe recently coauthored an article in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article focuses on how cultural and aesthetic experiences factor in when applying ecosystem services to policy- and decision-analysis. The global Millennium Ecosystem Assessment advocated this method of decision-making, which has been adopted by the European Union, Australia, the U.S.

 Robert Ribe


Hulse research helps win restoration prize

For the past 20 years, David Hulse has researched how to preserve and restore the Willamette River Basin. For Hulse – the Philip H. Knight Professor of landscape architecture at UO – no award is higher than receiving the 2012 Thiess International RiverPrize, the equivalent to the Nobel Prize for river restoration.

Willamette River in the morning


UO joins global partners to forge EU landscape policy

The University of Oregon is the only American university to consult with fourteen European partners toward the development of a methodology for the maintenance and preservation of European landscapes. UO landscape architecture Assistant Professor Deni Ruggeri will present the UO’s findings at the EUROSCAPES project final conference in Val Maubuée, France, in October.

Upper Tuscia and the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, Itally


Tahrir Square proposal wins Clark Honors College thesis award

Karim Hassanein’s work was equivalent to a substantially completed master’s thesis draft, his professors say. Karim Hassanein (BLA, '12) was awarded the Robert D. Clark Honors College Interdisciplinary Thesis Award for the 2011-2012 academic year. The award honors a thesis that crosses the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. Students who win thesis prizes have had to maintain a strong academic record while independently designing and executing ambitious research projects. They also had to perform at the highest level in the oral thesis defense.

Karim Hassanein


Three alumnae earn honors for landscape architecture service

The three graduates of UO are recognized for their contributions to their profession and society at large. University of Oregon alumnae were well represented when the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced their 2012 Council of Fellows class. Among the highest honor a landscape architect can receive, three alumnae were chosen in a class of thirty-three from around the country.

Cynthia Girling, Robin Lee Gyorgyfalvy and Cynthia Smith


Preservation field school offers expert instruction at historic ranch

This year the University of Oregon summer program goes to southeastern Oregon to stabilize buildings on a 19th century ranch within the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The historic ranch of legendary 19th century cattle baron Pete French is the focus of this summer’s Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, which takes place at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon beginning August 19. One week has already filled but openings remain in the four-week field school, which now offers continuing education credits for architects.

Cellar and office at Sod House Ranch


2012 Dean’s Fellows include art, landscape, architecture graduate students

Six School of Architecture and Allied Arts students are honored for outstanding scholarship Students in painting, photography, metalsmithing, architecture, and landscape architecture are among those chosen for 2011-2012 Dean’s Graduate Fellowship awards in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon.

A&AA Dean Frances Bronet (center) is flanked by Dean’s Graduate Fellowship winners