We are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Landscape Observatory: The Work of Terence Harkness, a much-anticipated book profiling the career of our distinguished colleague. 

Edited by M. Elen Deming and to be published this Fall by ORO Editions, the volume features contributions by Molly C. Briggs, Brenda Brown, Frank Clements, M. Elen Deming, Kathleen Harleman, Doug Johnston, Ken McCown, Robert B. Riley, Amita Sinha, James Wescoat.

The Department of Landscape Architecture is pleased to announce the Sesquicentennial Design Competition, an initiative supported by Chancellor Robert J. Jones.

During the past 150 years, scholars, researchers, and teachers at the University of Illinois have made major discoveries, produced innovations, and engaged beyond our campus in ways that have transformed experience and understanding of the world.

Congratulations to Prof. D. Fairchild Ruggles, whose edited volume Sound and Scent in the Garden has been published by Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard University Press:  

Please join us at a forthcoming lecture by Alex Felson, ecologist, landscape architect, and Associate Professor at the Yale School of Architecture.

Titled "Ecology and Architecture: Exploring the Middle Ground,” Felson’s lecture will be delivered on Monday, February 27, at 5:30pm in Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign, IL).

The Department is pleased to announce that the 2017 Sasaki Day Lecturer will be Shannon Nichol, founding partner of GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol). Nichol's designs, including Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden (Chicago, IL), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus (Seattle, WA), and Boston’s North End Parks, are widely recognized for being deeply embedded in their neighborhoods and natural contexts.  

Sasaki Day 2017 will take place on May 3, 2017.

Congratulations to MLA alum Michael Van Valkenburgh and to our alumni and friends at MVVA, Site Design Group, and Living Habitats, who have been selected by the Obama Foundation to design the landscape of the forthcoming Presidential Library and Museum in Jackson Park.

• Blair Kamin, "Landscape designers named for Obama Presidential Center," Chicago Tribune (Jan. 30, 2017).  

Design research by Prof. Mary Pat McGuire is featured in the Now section of this month's Landscape Architecture Magazine. "Ghosts of Shorelines Past: Mapping the Historic Dunes Hidden Beneath the Surface of Chicago" profiles McGuire's work on Chicago's hydrogeology as a basis for stormwater design. 

Holiday greetings from the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois! 

"The Day before Finals," a seasonal tale produced by our senior BLA candidates.

Landscape Architecture Graduate students Mamata Guragain, Xiangrong Jiang, Dongying Li, Fatemeh Saedi-Rizi, Rose Schmillen, Tum Suppakittpaisarn, and Architecture graduate student Carlos Flores won the 2016 Honor Award for Collaboration from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Their project, Seeding Sideyards, focused on landscape and well-being in the Belmont-Mantua neighborhood near downtown Philadelphia.

The Design Research Initiative is a collaboration among eight faculty Fellows in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Operating from different design disciplines, the fellows work to define design research and its role within a research-intensive university. Current fellows have two years to develop their work and to create foundational tools for new and existing faculty to tap into. Their work will create a platform for design research inside and outside the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.