University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture


A&AA presents 100 alumni stories

The academic year 2014-15 marks the 100th year since the School of Architecture and Allied Arts was established. As we explored the school’s archives preparing for our centennial celebrations, we found a treasure-trove of photos tracing the school’s physical changes as well as changes in faculty, leadership, and students. We will share some of those images with you in every e-news this year, beginning with this issue.

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A&AA welcomes new faculty

A&AA welcomes three new tenure-track faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year.

new faculty


New Fall Term Course - Mapping Materials

New Course - Mapping Materials (LA 408/508), Fall Term! CRNs: 17423 / 17424 - Fridays from 9-11:50 (4 credits)


London’s AA offers summer design workshop in Oregon

“Marking the Forest,” a ten-day summer workshop offered by the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London, England, returns to Oregon for a third year this summer. The application deadline is July 31 for the August 14-24 course. The AA Visiting School, as it is officially termed, is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.



University of Oregon Landscape Architecture Team Win Second Place in International Watermarks Competition

Professor Kenneth Helphand, Department Chair Liska Chan, and MLA Students Shannon Arms, Pieter Van Remoortere, Carol Stafford, and Emma Froh won Second Place in UC Berkeley’s International Watermarks Competition. Their entry, PDX Marks, capitalized on the watermarks that already exist in downtown Portland, Oregon, turning ubiquitous bridge piers into colorful gauges showing future flood levels, and calling attention to rising waters though interactive features.

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Johnson’s research part of $3.8 million NSF grant

The National Science Foundation’s Macrosystems Biology Program has awarded $3.8 million to a five-year project including research by Associate Professor Bart Johnson of the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Bart Johnson


Laurie Olin, Ken Smith to deliver landscape architecture talks

Two distinguished landscape architects will be on campus in the coming weeks to deliver lectures as part of the Department of Landscape Architecture’s two endowed lectures series. Laurie D. Olin will deliver the inaugural Kenneth I. Helphand Endowed Lecture on Tuesday, April 22, at the Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom, 1720 E. 13th Avenue, Eugene. The 5:30 p.m. gathering is free and open to the public.

Laurie Olin, Ken Smith, Kenny Helphand


Bart Johnson’s research honored nationally

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) has awarded Associate Professor Bart Johnson the 2014 Excellence in Research Award, Senior level. Johnson formally accepted the award at the annual CELA conference in Baltimore, Maryland, in March.

Bart Johnson


Exploring tension with A&AA collaboration

Experimentation in teaching is not new in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.  From the noncompetitive, nongraded studio courses in architecture initiated at the school’s founding to experiments with new media and motion graphics leading to national leadership in digital arts, to pioneering public policy efforts such as Oregon’s land use law, A&AA is a rich environment for trying out new ideas. Enterprising faculty members and students who shared a spirit of collaboration and experimentation and who were not adverse to risk-taking founded the school in 1914. 

Art, Architecture, History of Art and Architecture, and PPPM department heads meet


Gillem elevated to FAIA for contributions

Associate professor of architecture Mark L. Gillem can now add FAIA to his credentials. Gillem, PhD, AICP, and principal at The Urban Collaborative, is among 139 AIA members recently elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the 2014 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Mark Gillem