University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture


Centennial: 1990s consolidates A&AA spaces

In the fall of 1987, the Oregon Legislature approved $8.03 million for a long-awaited “Architecture and Allied Arts Addition and Alteration” project at UO. The move marked the fulfillment of a twenty-two year commitment to expand A&AA that began in 1965. The project was direly needed, as Wilmot “Bill” Gilland, then dean of A&AA, said during the dedication of the project after it was completed, in 1991: To give you some idea of what this change means, let me just recount my own experience in studio locations during the past twenty-two years. When I first came to Oregon I had a studio on the second floor of the old Boiler Plant adjacent to the then woodshop, so conversations were often impossible and tables were blessed with sawdust. [Later] I had a studio on the North Site on the second floor of the old Farmhouse, where the roof leaked and it was so cold that students had to wear gloves while drawing.

Lawrence Hall


A&AA student research wide-ranging at Graduate Research Forum

More than a dozen A&AA students presented a broad range of work at the recent Graduate Research Forum held at the Ford Alumni Center, with architecture students Annie Chiang, Ryan Dirks, Lindsay Rasmussen, Eric Schmidt, and Ashly Tuffo winning a prize for their poster, "An Energy Analysis of The Stellar Apartments." 

Beatrice Ogden


UO student team honored in Urban Land Institute competition

Architecture students Roxanne Robles, Gilberto Villalobos, and Omar Hason, landscape architecture student Andrew Jepson-Sullivan, and PPPM students Nestor Guevara and Evelyn Perdomo received an honorable mention in the 2015 Hines/Urban Land Institute design competition for their project titled "Urban Groves." Their project was one of only twelve that received awards out of 120 submissions from sixty universities in the U.S. and Canada.

Urban Groves


HOPES 21: connect, adapt, collaborate

The annual Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference sponsored by the Ecological Design Center will be held on the UO campus April 9-11.  This is the 21st year of the student-run conference, an opportunity for students, visiting scholars, and faculty and community members to discuss the relationship between ecology and design and how this connection can produce sustainable buildings.  



Thoren wins CELA award for teaching

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) has awarded Associate Professor Roxi Thoren the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award–Senior Faculty. CELA confers this award to recognize excellence in creative, innovative, and effective teaching methodologies and practice to enhance excellence in teaching.

Electric Fescue


New A&AA building news available on blog

The A&AA community continues to take steps toward creating its future home on University Street.  The location of the Phase I A&AA building is on the site of the current McArthur Court. To help keep interested constituents and stakeholders informed, a blog has been created to follow the progress of the “Phase I A&AA Learning and Innovation Hub” capital project. Here you can view documents and design studies that outline the design process, including reports, timeline, and correspondence. 

University Street


Recruitment Fair brings together 23 firms, 250 students

Twenty-three firms looking to hire A&AA graduates participated in the three-day 2015 Recruitment Fair sponsored by the Office of Professional Outreach and Development for Students (PODS) in Lawrence Hall recently. Recruiters concluded the event by holding interviews with more than forty students. “We anticipate many students landed jobs and summer internships,” said Kassia Dellabough, director of PODS.

students talk with job recruiter


Landscape Architecture's Department Head Liska Chan's Professional Practice Course hosts leading landscape architects

Winter term 2015, 10am-12pm in Lawrence Hall room 222.  All faculty and students are welcome to attend. 02|06 Laura Burnett, FASLA, Burton Landscape Architecture Studio, Solana Beach, CA 02|13 Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA, and Michael Reed, Principals, Mayer/Reed, Portland, OR 02|20 Mauricio Villarreal, Principal PLACE studio, Portland, OR 02|27 Maura Rockcastle, Senior Associate, Tom Leader Studio, Minneapolis, MN 03|06 Laurie Matthews, Director of Preservation Planning and Design, MIG, Portland, OR


2015 Helphand lecturer: John Dixon Hunt

Landscape historian John Dixon Hunt will deliver the Kenneth I. Helphand Endowed Lecture in Landscape Architecture on Thursday, February 19, at 6 p.m. in Lawrence Hall Room 177, 1190 Franklin Boulevard in Eugene. A reception at 5:30 p.m. precedes the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

A World of Gardens


Thoren’s new book among top 10 in 2014

Climate change, population shifts, and many other factors have changed the demands we place on landscape designs. Projects now have to absorb stormwater, cool urban centers, connect neighborhoods, and provide wildlife habitat.  A new book by UO landscape architecture Associate Professor Roxi Thoren examines how these challenges drive the design process, inspire new design strategies, and result in innovative works in the field of landscape architecture.

book cover