University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture


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


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.

Landscape Histories lecture poster


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