How We Are Responding to the COVID19 Threat

While the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is moving quickly to respond appropriately to the threat of pandemic flu, the Department of Landscape Architecture is ahead of the curve. Classes on campus will convert to online delivery after the spring break (March 14-22), and students are encouraged not to return to campus on March 23 (although dorms and most services remain open for those who cannot return home). Fortunately, because Landscape Architecture has always been a technologically proficient department, our faculty and students are well prepared to move to digital platforms. Indeed, this will give the students practice for the profession where plans and projects are regularly discussed with distant clients using such platforms. I am pleased to say that all of our classes will move forward in the new distance-learning format. We are on course to conclude the semester on schedule, so that our BLA seniors and advanced MLA students will be able to graduate in May. However, I cannot yet predict what form the graduation exercises will take and ask for patience on the part of students, families, and alums as we adapt to a changing situation.

– Dede Fairchild Ruggles, Interim Department Head