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.

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.

Position Description

Lecturer/Designer in Residence, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for the position of Lecturer.

The White House has invited Prof. Rebecca Ginsburg, director of the Education Justice Project, and a small group of other college and university leaders from around the country to participate in a roundtable discussion on prison reform next Friday, May 6. Read more.

One of the joys of being a professor here at Illinois is watching the growth and development of our students over the years. In a couple of weeks, our outstanding Senior class will be graduating. Three of them will be heading to Harvard and another to Penn to complete their MLAs. Among our seniors and graduating MLA students, we have people joining Sasaki Associates, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Site Design Group. What a delight it is to see our students develop and prosper.

Earlier this month, students in the sophomore undergraduate Site Design studio took a field trip to New York City led by Visiting Designer-in-Residence Julia Kim and Ph.D. candidate Tum Suppakitpaisarn. The group visited important historical and contemporary landscapes in and around Manhattan and met with practitioners at three firms: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, James Corner Field Operations, and SCAPE/Landscape Architecture.

With just a week and half left in the spring semester, studio reviews will be taking place on the following schedule. Come join us to see and learn about the work.

Amita Sinha
Ghats on the Ganga, Varanasi, India: Envisioning a Resilient Cultural Landscape
Monday, April 25, 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 West Nevada Street.

Julia Kim
Site Design Studio
Wednesday, April 27, 2:00pm to 5:00pm