University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture


Mount Rainier provides site for landscape studio

Professor Robert Melnick challenges students to understand cultural landscapes – places where humans have used and adapted natural resources over time – when developing new designs in a national park. Designing a landscape within a historic national park was a first for students in Professor Robert Melnick’s fall landscape architecture studio, which focused on the cultural landscape of Longmire, the historic administrative headquarters area at Mount Rainier National Park.

Left to right: Laura Bassett, Patrick McCrary, Audrey McLaughlin, Professor Robert Melnick, Andria Truax, Greg Oldson, Stephanie Woirol, Shelby Fraga, and Stassi Vieira stand on the Nisqually River Bridge in Mount Rainier National Park during their visit at the beginning of fall term. Photo by Robert Z. Melnick.


DesignIntelligence ranks Hulse among top 25

The UO landscape architecture professor is recognized as an “exceptional education role model” in a list honoring excellence in education and education administration. DesignIntelligence has named University of Oregon landscape architecture Professor David Hulse to the list of the 25 Most Admired Educators of 2012. Hulse began teaching at UO in 1985. Now Philip H. Knight Professor, he has served as Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and is a founding member of the University's Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

David Hulse


Winter 2012 Lecture Series "Landscape Histories"

Please join the Department of Landscape Architecture for our Winter 2012 Lecture Series: Community Gardens Thursday, January 19 at 7:00pm (177 Lawrence Hall) Laura Lawson, PhD - Professor of Landscape Architecture Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, New Jersey) Lawson is the author of City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America and coauthor of Urban Community Gardens: Greening the City and Growing Communities in Seattle.

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Students design a park 16 feet above the ground

UO landscape architecture students consider alternatives for a Chicago elevated rail line that’s being transformed into a 2.7-mile linear open space. City parks are not just about lush vegetation or a place to relax. They are about connecting people to the wider urban landscape and, in today's cities, they are popping up in unusual places.

Graduate student Pieter Van Remoortere


Tree planting increases cities’ resiliency

PPPM Assistant Professor Robert F. Young’s analysis in the current Journal of the American Planning Association cites tree planting as key to ‘green infrastructure’-- Large-scale tree planting is a best practice for incorporating “green infrastructure” into city planning efforts, writes UO Assistant Professor Robert F. Young in the current Journal of the American Planning Association.

Assistant Professor Robert F. Young


Urban Farm featured in Oregon ASLA for decades of teaching students about urban agriculture

Read the full article on the American Society of Landscape Architects website.

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Landscape Architecture-Architecture-Business Team Honored in North American Competition

A team of UO landscape architecture, architecture and business administration students placed in the top 11 in an urban design competition that drew 153 entries from the United States and Canada for a project in Seattle. More than 700 students representing 60 universities competed for $80,000 in prizes. The UO team’s submission was singled out for its excellence in sustainability focused on rain and graywater re-use.

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Students, distressed town come together in Italy

The town of Zingonia has become associated with organized crime and a reputation as a ghetto. Against this background, a team of students and faculty from UO worked with residents to develop a new vision.-- By Andrew Helms, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon

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New UO graduate certificate program focuses on sustainability

The University of Oregon is one of the first universities to offer a one-year graduate certificate program in sustainable practices. Oregon Leadership in Sustainability (OLIS) is a one-year, full-time interdisciplinary program geared toward students with a bachelor's degree who desire more applied skills training in all areas of sustainability. The program addresses the need for future leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors in fields such as water, waste, transportation and land use.

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UO’s Sustainable Cities Initiative highlighted in the New York Times online

The 3-year-old program, which includes a concerted effort to make downtown Salem more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, is called “perhaps the most comprehensive effort by a U.S. university to infuse sustainability into its curricula and community outreach.” Full Story

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