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Gifts to the Department of Landscape Architecture

There are many ways to help support the Department of Landscape Architecture at Illinois. Any size monetary gift, an offer of volunteer efforts, professional mentorship of students and sponsorship of internships, hosting firm tours, and participation in portfolio reviews and our annual career fair: all of these increase the value of the Illinois experience for our students. Every year, thanks to the generosity of donors, we are able to award scholarships, prizes, fellowships, and research grants; fund key programming such as lectures, field trips, workshops, charrettes, and symposia; and keep our teaching and learning resources on the front line of excellence. In other words, your gifts have immediate and consequential impacts by helping us grow the scope of education at Illinois in significant and meaningful ways. Through your support, we are able to attract and retain the best students and academic staff, provide exceptional opportunities and resources for teaching and learning, and move forward in strength, building on more than a century of leadership in design education.

Please take a moment to consider giving to one of the funds listed below, entering your gift amount in the box next to the fund name. Upon hitting the submit button at the bottom of the page, you will be linked to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure website, which will collect your gift information. If you would like to discuss other methods of giving, major gifts, or establishing an endowed fund or estate gift, please contact Josh Hall, Associate Director of Development, at 217-244-1368 or hall48@illinois.edu.

With our many thanks!

David L. Hays
Professor and Brenton H. and Jean B. Wadsworth Head

Students using a new touch screen at 2022 Charrette
Students using a new touchscreen monitor at 2022 Charrette "Center Connect"

Funds

Through contributions to this Excellence in Landscape Architecture fund, the department is able to address emerging opportunities and contingent needs. Your contributions to the Excellence in Landscape Architecture Fund support a variety of initiatives including: student scholarships, professional development experiences for BLA, MLA, MSUD, and Ph.D. candidates, advancing our teaching spaces, hosting special events including workshops and symposia, and supporting studios that work with real sites and communities.

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This special, current-use fund has a specific scope of purposes at the discretion of the Department Head. Current Head David Hays has outlined those priorities to include: supporting material and technical needs in studio, technical, and seminar courses; sponsoring honoraria for studio review critics and guest lecturers within core courses; and subsidizing costs for more extensive studio field trips.

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This initiative provides funding for studio-based programming and needs in the following categories: 1) supporting national and international field trips in core studios and design workshops; 2) sponsoring biennial, all-school charrettes with designers from leading landscape architecture practices; and 3) subsidizing special programming opportunities, unique material and technical needs, and reviews by distinguished guest critics in design studios at all levels.

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This initiative provides funding to assist BLA and MLA students with program and life expenses at times of critical need. Support will be distributed in the form of scholarships to reduce the cost of tuition and fees.

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Established through the generosity of alumni and friends, the Terry Harkness Plants in Design Endowed Fund honors Harkness’s extraordinary, sustained impact as a designer and educator by helping to foreground planting design in our curriculum and events programming—including an annual lecture to be held each fall semester.

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Established by alumnus and long-time friend and donor of the Department of Landscape Architecture Jim Martin (BLA 1972), the James Martin Family Scholarship in Landscape Architecture is awarded annually at Sasaki Day and benefits students with special interests and strengths in planting design.

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This endowment provides competitive Kluesing Fellowships (full tuition and partial fee waiver, plus academic year stipend) to recruit and support outstanding students in the MLA program. Awards are given by the Department in memory of Cherie Kluesing, a former graduate student and faculty member. The fellowships are intended to further her aspirations, namely through the creative integration of fine arts in landscape design.

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Established in honor of former Department Head Vincent Bellafiore, this fund provides fellowship support to a promising Ph.D. student in Landscape Architecture.

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Established in memory of Dan Ryan, a member of the Class of 2002, this fund provides a cash prize to a student in the sophomore class who exhibits outstanding graphic skills and a strong willingness to assist other students.

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Established to commemorate the life of Bruce Borland (BLA 1981), this memorial fund supports the education of students interested in golf course design. Through net income from the fund, the Bruce Borland Golf Course Scholarship provides substantial support to qualified students entering their third year of study.

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Established in honor of emeritus professor Gary Kesler, this fund supports the Gary Kesler Prize, which is awarded annually to students who exhibit excellence in the mastery of technical principles in landscape architecture.

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The Florence Bell Robinson Scholarship Fund honors the deep impact of teaching by Robinson (1885-1973), who was also the first female tenure-track faculty member in the department. An expert in the area of plants and planting design, Robinson published and lectured extensively and developed a plant cataloging system for use in teaching. Many of her students went on to make significant contributions to the field of landscape architecture, including Hideo Sasaki, Peter Walker, Richard Haag, Phil Lewis, and Charles W. Harris.

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Created in honor of former Department Head Bob Riley, this fund provides resources for graduate student enrichment.

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