University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture


Timothy Egan 2013 Fuller Lecture

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & The Fire That Saved America The Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes welcomes Timothy Egan 2013 Fuller Lecture Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:30 pm Guistina Ballroom Ford Alumni Center, 1720 E. 13th Street

Timothy Egan Lecture Oct. 31st poster


Ribe visits Switzerland to teach and assist wind energy research

University of Oregon Professor Robert Ribe joined the faculty of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich as guest professor during spring term, collaborating with faculty, students, and researchers in the Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems Institute.

Professor Robert Ribe (third from right) on the rooftop terrace outside the ETH-Zurich Institute for Landscape Architecture with PhD students


Symposium to honor Helphand

“Landscape Thinking,” a special symposium honoring University of Oregon landscape architecture Professor Emeritus Kenneth Helphand on his retirement from forty years of teaching, will be held Saturday, May 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the UO Ford Alumni Center, 1720 E. 13th Avenue, Eugene.

Above: Philip H. Knight Professor of Architecture and Allied Arts Emeritus


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