University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture


New Dean Selected for the School of Architecture and Allied Arts

Scott Coltrane, provost and senior vice president, announced today that the next dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts is Christoph Lindner. He will be moving to Eugene from the Netherlands, where he is professor of media and culture at the University of Amsterdam.

Christoph Lindner


National magazine features Urban Farm

The UO’s Urban Farm Program was featured recently in Ruralite, a national magazine targeting Western readers in seven states. Writer Dianna Troyer interviewed Department of Landscape Architecture instructor Harper Keeler about how to maximize crops in a limited space.

Harper Keeler


Ecology, design scholars on campus April 7-9 for HOPES conference

The annual Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference takes place in Lawrence Hall this Thursday through Saturday, April 7-9, and is open to students, scholars, and the general public at no cost. The event, which discusses how ecology and design can produce sustainable buildings, begins at noon April 7 and wraps up April 9 with a social mixer beginning at 8:30 p.m. The conference consists of panels, keynote speakers, professional showcases, workshops, and a competition. Academic credit is available.

HOPES logo


A&AA professor wins seven design awards for federal projects worldwide

The Federal Planning Division of the American Planning Association has recognized Professor Mark Gillem's firm, The Urban Collaborative, with seven national design awards of the seventeen presented nationwide.

Professor Mark Gillem


Four Eugene small-scale farmers put new spin on collective approach

The four farmers who make up Eugene’s Ant Farm Collective grow staple crops and produce, selling them to local markets and restaurants as part of a burgeoning “new farmers movement” that is using small-scale, sustainable farming to revitalize local food systems.



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