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.

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.

It's here - Bob Riley's book of essays, The Camaro in the Pasture, from the University of Virginia Press. To see the table of contents: link.


One of the student teams from the Railway Corridor Charrette, held March 30-31, was invited by the Urbana City Council to present their design proposal for a tramway to connect Champaign and Urbana. The video of their presentation and the questions that were asked by the city aldermen can be seen here: City Council video

The Department of Landscape Architecture celebrates the announcement that Professor William Sullivan has been appointed the new Head of Landscape Architecture, starting in August.  A UIUC faculty member since 1992, Bill served as Associate Head in 2014-15, in which capacity he worked closely with Interim Head D. (Dede) Fairchild Ruggles to develop the new website and newsletter, enhance student recruitment efforts, and organize events for students and alums.

Debra Mitchell was an award-winning designer, a respected leader within the landscape architecture profession, and one of the Department of Landscape Architecture’s most generous supporters.  She passed away on April 5 after a brief illness.

After receiving her MLA from UIUC in 1975, Deb began a distinguished 40-year professional career that led her to SmithGroup in 1989, where she served as a Senior Vice President and an award-winning national design leader.