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For the second year in a row, CollegeFactual.com has rated our Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program #3 in the nation. This ranking is an important recognition of the hard work of our faculty, the outstanding students we attract, and the success of our alumni.

An important opportunity for our alumni: the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is accepting applications for its new LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. 

This $25,000, year-long fellowship is an opportunity for mid-career and senior-level landscape architects to explore, research, develop, and test the next big ideas and initiatives that will bring about positive change and expand the impact of landscape architecture.

Congratulations to Carlos Flores, Mamata Guragain, Xiangrong Jiang, Dongying Li, Fatemeh Saedi-Rizi, Rose Schmillen, and Tum Suppakittpaisarn who have won the 2016 Honor Award for Student Collaboration from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Their project, called “Seeding Sideyards,” focuses on landscape and well-being in the Belmont-Mantua neighborhood near downtown Philadelphia, PA. 

This September 21 to October 2, Prof. David L. Hays and Ellen Hartman (MLA 2009) will be performing in Deke Weaver’s new production, BEAR.

Realized in collaboration with the Urbana Parks District, the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, and the Station Theatre, BEAR is the fourth work in The Unreliable Bestiary, a life-long project.

BLA candidate Alan Cong has been visiting Zen gardens and other important landscapes in Japan with support from the Charles Harris Travel Scholarship. 

The Department is pleased to welcome Conor O'Shea as our newest faculty member. O’Shea is founding principal of Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape. He holds post-professional MLA (2012) and Master in Design Studies: Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology (2014) degrees from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a BLA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007).

The Department is pleased to welcome two Designers-in-Residence for the academic year 2016-2017: Aneesha Dharwadker and Katherine Kraszewska.

An essay by Ph.D. candidate Jennifer L. Thomas, "Bodies at Work and Leisure: Therapeutic Landscapes of Early Nineteenth-Century New York State Insane Asylums," is featured in the new book Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture, and the Body, edited by Sarah Schrank and Didem Ekici and published by Routledge.

• https://www.routledge.com/…/Schrank-Ek…/p/book/9781472470836

Alumnus Douglas Williams (Ph.D. 2014) recently delivered a lecture at Howard University entitled "David A. Williston: The First African American Landscape Architect among His Contemporaries.”  An account of the lecture by editor Jared Green has been published on The Dirt:  Uniting the Built and Natural Environments, a blog of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

On Wednesday, August 10, at 6:30pm, Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles will deliver a public lecture entitled “The Alhambra and Its Gardens: Reflections of the Past” at the Aga Khan Museum of Art in Toronto, Canada. Ruggles will reimagine the Alhambra’s dramatic evolution from an abandoned site to a place of elegantly ornamented buildings and graceful courtyard gardens.

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