University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture

Kenneth I. Helphand Endowed Lectures

Overview Information

The Kenneth I. Helphand Endowed Lecture Fund at the University of Oregon Foundation was established in 2013 to give students the benefit of learning from top scholars for years to come. Professor Helphand, FASLA, is among the elite worldwide in landscape history and theory. A professor of landscape architecture for forty years, he is author of several award-winning books, was editor of Landscape Journal, is an honorary member of the Israel Association of Landscape Architects, and is former chair of the Senior Fellows in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. He retired from full-time teaching at UO in fall 2012.

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2017 Helphand Endowed Lecture: Nina-Marie Lister

Nina-Marie Lister will be giving the 2017 Helphand Endowed Lecture. She will be speaking on “Resilience beyond Rhetoric: Design for a New Sustainability” on February 6, 2017, at 6 pm in Lawrence Hall 115.

Lister is an Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her research, teaching, and practice engage the interface between landscape infrastructure and ecological processes within contemporary metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on design for resilience and complex, adaptive systems approaches. Her talk will expand on her chapter written for the new book “Nature and Cities: The Ecological Imperative in Urban Design and Planning” (2016), co-edited by Frederick R. Steiner. She is the co-editor of Projective Ecologies (with Chris Reed, 2014), and author of many scholarly and professional papers and book chapters. Lister is a fellow of the Center for Humans and Nature, founder of the Ecological Design Lab at Ryerson, and a researcher with the Ryerson Urban Water collective.

The talk is free and open to the public.

2015 Helphand Endowed Lecture: John Dixon Hunt

The UO Landscape Architecture Department’s Helphand Endowed Lecture in 2015 was distinguished landscape historian, John Dixon Hunt, Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania.

In his presentation, "design is of things not yet appearing ": gardens & landscapes on paper, Professor Hunt discussed an ensemble of unbuilt landscape projects that reveal much about underlying currents in contemporary thinking about the design of landscapes and making places. Examples include landscape design projects from Paolo Bürgi, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Bernard Lassus, and the Portuguese firm PROAP.

John Dixon Hunt is Professor of Landscape History and Theory, Emeritus, at the University of Pennsylvania, and former Director of Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C. He is the founding editor of Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes), and has published widely and to great critical acclaim. Recent books include Historical Ground: The Role of History in Landscape Architecture (2014), and The World of Gardens (2012). Dr. Hunt is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture, election to the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice, and a residency at the American Academy in Rome. He received his Ph.D. from Bristol University.

2014 Helphand Endowed Lecture: Laurie Olin, FASLA

Civic Realism and Landscape

The UO Landscape Architecture Department’s inaugural Helphand Endowed Lecture in 2014 was Laurie Olin, a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. He is the founding principal at the Olin Partnership, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From vision to realization, he has guided many of OLIN’s signature projects, which span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, DC to Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the AIA award-winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon.

Laurie studied civil engineering at the University of Alaska and pursued architecture at the University of Washington, where Richard Haag encouraged him to focus on landscape. He is currently Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for forty years, and is former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University.

2013 Helphand Endowed Lecture: Landscape Thinking

Landscape Thinking web banner

Landscape Thinking was a one-day symposium that brought together a dozen top scholars and practitioners of landscape architecture to enlighten, delight, and inspire students, professionals, faculty members, alumni, and friends.

This special symposium honored Professor Kenneth Helphand on his retirement from forty years of teaching history, theory, and design in landscape architecture.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

University of Oregon
Ford Alumni Center
1720 E. 13th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97403

Please use the online donation to the Kenneth I. Helphand Endowment Fund below if you would like to make a donation.

Schedule of Events
8:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Check-in

9:00 a.m. —Welcome and Session 1
Introduction by Liska Chan, associate professor and head
Speakers: Anne Spirn, Cynthia Girling

10:40 p.m.—Session 2
Introduction by Robert Z. Melnick, FASLA, professor
Speakers: Tal Alon Mozes, Marc Treib

Lunch and Exhibit
Noon-2:00 p.m.
Wallace and Grace Hayden Gallery
Lawrence Hall

2:00 p.m.—Session 3
Introduction by David Hulse, Philip H. Knight Professor
Speakers: Liska Chan, Walter Hood

3:35 p.m.—Session 4
Introduction by Liska Chan, associate professor and head
Speakers: Ben Helphand, Kenny Helphand

5:00–6:30 p.m. Reception and Toasts

On Exhibit
“Draw to Think | Think to Draw”
Drawings by Kenneth Helphand
On exhibition in the Wallace and Grace Hayden Gallery, Lawrence Hall, University of Oregon campus

Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture, the Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes, and the College of Design.

Parking and directions are available at the Ford Alumni Center, 1720 E. 13th Avenue at Columbia Street.

Hotel Accommodations
Hotel reservation deadline is Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Discounted price hotel rooms are available at the Eugene Hilton for symposium guests who register by the May 15 deadline.  Please use this link to take advantage of our negotiated rate of $99/night which includes free parking and other great amenities.
With deep appreciation to a number of generous contributors, the Kenneth I. Helphand Endowed Lecture Fund at the University of Oregon Foundation has been created and will give students the benefit of learning from top scholars for years to come. 

Proceeds from the symposium will help support the Kenneth I. Helphand Endowed Lecture Fund.  If you are unable to attend, please consider a donation in honor of Kenny Helphand. Please use this link to our secure site or by sending a check made payable to the University of Oregon Foundation and send to the College of Design Development Office, 5235 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5235. Please join us in making this special tribute to Kenny and for the lasting benefit of the Department of Landscape Architecture.  Thank you.


Landscape Thinking Lecturers

Anne Spirn
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning
School of Architecture and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Walter J. Hood
Hood Studio, Oakland, California
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Urban Design
College of Environmental Design
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California

E. Marc Treib
Professor Emeritus of Architecture
College of Environmental Design
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California
"In Praise of Master Plans"

Ben Helphand
Executive Director, NeighborSpace
Chicago, Illinois
"Labor in the Landscape: Concealing and Revealing the Human Hand in Community Gardens"

Cynthia Girling
Professor and Chair, Landscape Architecture Program
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
“The Life of Ecoburb”

Tal Alon-Mozes, PhD
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
The Technion—Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa, Israel
"Kenneth Helphand and the Making of the Israeli Garden"

Liska Clemence Chan
Associate Professor and Head
Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
“Image to Imagine”

Kenneth Helphand
Philip H. Knight Professor Emeritus
Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon