University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture


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


Landscape architecture alumnae on year-long journey

In January 2012, UO landscape architecture alumnae Bethany (Buck) Rydmark quit her job to travel the world for a year with her husband, applying their skills as landscape architect and social worker to help those they meet along the way. From finding land management solutions in Bolivia to exploring spaces in Argentina, five months of exploration has already shown Rydmark many cross-cultural applications for landscape architecture.

Bethany Rydmark


Conference will dig up the dirt on sustainability

The 18th annual HOPES gathering at UO brings in national design experts for free workshops, discussions

HOPES 18 event poster


Lawrence Medal winner noted for service to global community

Ronnie Yimsut, BLA ’88, came to UO via the Killing Fields of Cambodia and since graduation has devoted his life to public service both in the United States and Cambodia.

Ronnie Yimsut reads a book at Tsunami Books in Eugene, Oregon.


Vertical Garden Wins Honorable Mention

As Part of a design/build studio during the summer of 2010, Holly Workman and Alexandria Donati designed and constructed a vertical garden wall which integrates innovative desing, and historical research, into the entry sequence of the courthouse gard in Eugene, Oregon.  In the 2010 ASLA's Oregon chapter student competition the vertical garden was awarded an honorable mention.  

Courthouse garden


Croatia field school presents past work, evolves for future

An exhibit in Croatia of UO student work from previous field schools will show the cultural heritage of islands along the Dalmatian Coast and encourage residents’ participation in preserving the sites.

Nina Shirkey and Ali Kirby work at the Klesarska Skola on the island of Brac


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