University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture

Rob Ribe

Rob RibeProfessor, Director of the MLA Program and Former Director of The Institute for a Sustainable Environment    

Room 229 Lawrence

B.S., 1977, California, Riverside; M.S., 1981, M.A. 1987, Ph.D., 1990, Wisconsin (1988);
Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects (2015)

Professor Robert Ribe, FASLA, is interested in how social and legal institutions, human perceptions and behaviors, and economic forces limit and enable landscape architects to implement work that is more socially and environmentally sustainable.  His teaching and research focuses on how legal requirements, public perceptions and political realities interface with analyzing landscapes and solving problems at many scales. He studies and teaches relationships between the way designers, planners and resource managers understand the function and character of landscape change and the way that people and public officials evaluate land use and design choices. He is especially expert in the ways that public perceptions of aesthetic and social values affect design and planning methods and decisions. His teaching and research projects have included planning and designing high-speed rail systems, wind energy development, multi-modal trail systems, highways, new cities, regional forests, electrical transmission projects, urban growth patterns, parks, stormwater, scenic areas, and rivers.  Dr. Ribe has special expertise in the Oregon Land Use Planning System and planning, environmental assessment and resource management processes in U.S. National Forests. He has done major consulting work in Australia and Europe.

Selected Recent Publications

A Multi-Way Boulevard for Redmond, Oregon. (2016) U. Oregon Sustainable Cities Initiative.

Scenic Resources Inventory for the Central City, Portland, Oregon. (2015)

Sandy River to Springwater Multimodal Corridor Feasibility Study (2015) U. Oregon Sustainable Cities Initiative.

Visual-acoustic simulations for integrating soft landscape values into wind park assessments. (2015) Poceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture 2015. pp. 101-107.

High-Speed Rail Station Area Location, Design Principles and Case Studies. (2011). Cascadia Center, Seattle.

Willamette Heritage Area Speculative Design Guide (2009)

Public Perceptions of West-side Forests: Improving Visual Impact Assessments and Designing Thinnings and Harvests for Scenic Integrity. (2013) U.S. Forest Service General Technical Report PNW-880, pp. 22-37

Contributions of Cultural Services to the Ecosystem Services Agenda. (2012) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Volume 109, pp. 8812-8819.

Testing Patterns of Landowner Propensities to Implement Extensive Forest Fuels Reduction: Agent-based Modeling Experiments in the Willamette Valley, U.S.A. (2014) Poceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture 2014. pp. 248-260.

Perceptions of Forestry Alternatives in the U.S. Pacific Northwest: Information Effects and Acceptability Distribution Analysis. (2006) Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 26, pp.100-115.

Perceptions of Green-tree Retention Timber Harvests in Vista Views: How Much do Cut Level, Pattern and Design Matter? (2005) Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 73, pp. 277-293

Scenic Vistas and the Changing Policy Landscape: Visualizing and Testing the Role of Visual Resources in Ecosystem Management. (2002) Landscape Journal, Volume 21, pp. 42-66.

Sample Courses

LA 4/594 Land Planning and Design Studio

LA 4/513 Analyzing Landscape Systems

LA 4/550 Advanced Media

LA 4/543 Land and Landscape

LA 617 Introduction to Landscape Architecture Theory