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New Sustainable Environmental Design major approve -- students can declare now

On January 30th, UC Davis administration gave final approval for the new Sustainable Environmental Design (SED) major, which is intended to build skills related to the creation of sustainable communities and landscapes.

The major will be co-housed with Landscape Architecture in our own Department of Human Ecology, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science.

SED students will gain basic skills in urban and environmental design, local government planning, and green building. They will also learn about sustainable development theory and community dynamics.

“The Sustainable Environmental Design major will further UC Davis’ goal of providing cutting-edge sustainability education to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century,” says department Chair, Patsy Eubanks Owens.

With this degree, graduates will be well suited to work in government, community organizations, education, or the private sector, or to pursue graduate education in city and regional planning, landscape architecture, architecture, public policy, public administration, real estate, or related fields.

Students can declare the SED major now. Preparatory subject matter includes LDA 3 “Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice”, which will be offered Spring Quarter 2014.

For more information regarding major requirements and course availability, please visit the Sustainable Environmental Design Undergraduate Advisor, Sharla Cheney, in 135 Hunt Hall or email scheney@ucdavis.edu.

LDA majors volunteer at the UC Davis Arboretum!

LDA professor, Steve Wheeler, recently traveled to Maine to present the city of Portland with ideas for sustainable neighborhood planning activities, in conjunction with the Urban Sustainability Accelerator based at Portland State University in Oregon. A PDF of the project is available here. Three local Maine newspapers did articles here, here and here.

The UCD Academic Federation’s 41st annual James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award has been rewarded to our own Professor Jeff Loux!

The California Aggie is doing a new series called "You're Majoring in What?", highlighting UCD's lesser-known majors and the latest installment is about landscape architecture featuring an interview with senior, Amie Patel!

UCD LDA students and Professor Wheeler hosted visiting Chinese students in a charrette to design a sustainable UC Davis project

Professor Wheeler's winter 2013 seminar, Creative Responses to Climate Change, is profiled in this article by the UC Davis Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Brett Snyder (Design Department) and Claire Napawan (Human Ecology Department) participated this past month on a team collaboration for reinventing the New York City payphone competition. Their team's proposal: Smart Sidewalks: Thinfrastructure for the 21st Century was announced this week as one of the 6 selected finalists out of over 100 international entries. Smart Sidewalks is driven by two competing aims: to pack as much function into a single device as possible and to reduce the phonebooth's footprint. "Everything" -- communication, sustainability, and wayfinding is squeezed into "nothing" -- a 6" wide interactive strip that folds up from the sidewalk.


For more information on the call for entries: http://www.reinventpayphones.splashthat.com

For a video of Smart Sidewalks design entry: http://vimeo.com/59885076

To help support our project for the People's Choice Award: Facebook.com/nycgov 'Like' the NYC Gov. page to cast your vote for Smart Sidewalks.

The UC Davis Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design is pleased to announce the screening of WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West as the subject of its annual Robert L. Thayer Lecture on April 18 at 6:30pm in 100 Hunt Hall. Executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Decena, WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers inspiring solutions from stakeholders who are striving to create a new environmental ethic. A speakers' panel moderated by Professor Thayer and featuring Mr. Decena and key UCD faculty will follow the film. Reception begins prior to the screening at 5:30pm in the Hunt Hall lobby. More information about the film is available here.

2012 alumna, Liana Ramos, has had her senior project featured on ASLA's The Field website. Way to go, Liana!

Our students and alumni participated in the 2011 E Street Park(ing) Day in Davis (articles in the Davis Enterprise, the Davis Voice, California Aggie), as well as in PARK(ing) Day 2007 in San Francisco: On September 21, 2007, recent graduates from the UC Davis Landscape Architecture program created an installation challenging people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforcing the need for urban open space. See our alumni photos here! Conceived by REBAR, a San Francisco-based art collective, PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public parks. For more information, visit the PARK(ing) Day 2007 web site.

The UCD Aggie newspaper has written an article on our 2011 seniors and their graduation projects.

2012 Hunt Hall Picnic Day courtyard garden plots! Images 1 2 3 4 5

UCD ASLA's 2012 professionals dinner and 4th annual Thayer lecture was held in April. An abbreviated movie of the event's speaker, ASLA President Susan Hatchell, is here.

PhD in Geography/Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design: a Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design (LAED) concentration in the UCD Geography Graduate Group.

Landscape Architecture is named one of Outside magazine's 50 best jobs.

U.S. News and World Report again picks Landscape Architecture as one of thirty careers 'that offer strong outlooks and high job satisfaction.' Architects, on the other hand, are 'overrated'.

U.S. News & World Report rates Landscape Architecture as a strong career choice in 2008.  Using both quantitative and qualitative criteria to pick from hundreds of careers, Landscape Architecture was selected by U.S. News as one of 31 best choices in 2008. The highly regarded national magazine narrowed its search by focusing on professions that offer outstanding opportunities based on job satisfaction, training difficulty, prestige, job market outlook and pay. Read more>>

Program profiled in Landscape Architecture and Specifier News:

The UC Davis Landscape Architecture Program was profiled in the October issue of Landscape Architecture and Specifier News (LASN). The article featured three of our graduating students' senior research projects and talked about the unique strengths of our program as the only accredited undergraduate Landscape Architecture degree in the UC system. Read the profile >>

Since 2001, UCD Landscape Architecture has offered an exchange program with the University of Stavanger, Norway: read about it it here!



LDA professor, David de la Pena, will be speaking at the upcoming symposium at UC Berkeley, "Adaptive Metropolis", on 9/27-29/2013.

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches, an exhibition of visual research by architect Mathias Heyden and artist Ines Schaber. Focusing on the work of seven U.S.-based community design architects and planners and their projects (LDA's own professor Michael Rios), the exhibition presents the findings of a multi-year research project funded by the Graham Foundation.

LDA professor Claire Napawan was a recipient of the Hellman Foundation Fellowship in 2011, which contributes to her study of the role of landscape design in climate change adaptation strategies in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also received a Faculty Development Award from the University of California, Davis in 2012 to support her investigation of urban agriculture in San Francisco. This research examines the multi-productive role of urban farms to produce food, manage urban resources, and provide unique public open spaces. She presented some of that work in Winter 2012 quarter in her LDA190 proseminar lecture series: Food & the Built Environment. This also integrates with her current efforts to provide master gardener training material for design of edible landscapes in collaboration with the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH).

LDA professor Michael Rios has published a new book, Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities (Routledge), co-edited with Leonardo Vazquez, which takes note of how Latinos are shaping urban, suburban, and rural places, and considers how the growing cultural diversity in regions, cities, and towns, both challenges and offers insight into placemaking practices in an increasingly multi-ethnic world.

Over the summer Emeritus professor Dean MacCannell gave a lecture on the UCD campus about how to make the most of your travel: wise tourism. He will be giving his lecture again at UC Berkeley on 9/28/12.

Dr. Jeff Loux, Adjunct Faculty, will be leading his Summer Abroad course, Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe, for the 5th year through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland this summer from July 18-August 16, 2012. The class focuses on viewing sustainable urban practices “on the ground” in transportation/mobility, land use, urban design, energy, solid waste, water and wastewater, green building, and open space and “greening.” The course is conducted primarily on foot, train and bicycle. It is open to undergrads and grad students from any related discipline and includes students from universities across the country as well as UCD.

Dr. Jeff Loux, Adjunct Faculty, recently published his second book entitled, The Open Space and Land Conservation Handbook, with Solano Press Books (2011). it provides tools and techniques for all forms of land preservation at all scales. It is available in book form and also as an electronic book on Kindle.

Dr. Jeff Loux, was recently selected as the Chair of the Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at UC Davis Extension, where he holds his dual appointment. Jeff’s department includes Viticulture and Enology courses, Forensics Science master’s degree program, Environmental Health and Safety courses, Sustainable Studies courses, and the Land Use and Natural Resources program that Jeff directs.

Dr. Jeff Loux, Adjunct Faculty, and his Land Use and Natural Resources Extension program, was the recent recipient of a prestigious Honor Award from the American Planning Association for Excellence in Education and Leadership at the California APA’s annual conference in Santa Barbara, California in November 2011.

In Winter 2012 Prof. Wheeler taught a well-received First-Year Seminar on the topic of Creative Responses to Climate Change, in which students prepared original artwork, videos, songs, and poetry intended to respond to the climate challenge & help communicate sustainability strategies.

Prof. Wheeler's Winter 2012 Regenerative Landscapes studio (LDA 181 I) developed proposals for creating a Sustainable Living Learning Community in the Orchard Park Drive area at the west of the central UCD campus (the area including the Domes, the Student Farm, and the soon-to-be-redeveloped Orchard Park graduate student housing). Students developed specific design strategies to implement general principles developed by a campus task force last spring headed by Assistant Vice Chancellor Bob Segar.

In April 2012 Prof. Wheeler's new book, Climate Change and Social Ecology: A New Perspective on the Climate Challenge, was published by Routledge. According to well-known sustainability author Timothy Beatley, this is "an important book with a powerful message: essential reading for citizens and public officials alike as we face the challenge of our time." According to Rhonda Phillips, Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Arizona State Global Institute of Sustainability, "Once in a while, something really worthwhile emerges. This is it. Offering a provocative look at the role of social evolution in climate change, Wheeler challenges us to shape social ecology towards sustainability."

LDA professor Michael Rios's recent class has produced "A Citizen's Guide to South Sacramento", which is profiled here.
The Davis Enterprise has a nice article on Mark Francis's retirement and some of his contributions to the town. Bon voyage to Norway!
1991 LDA alumna and Winter 2010 LDA 191 lecturer, Monica Perrone, is profiled in the Oakdale Leader newspaper.
UC Davis Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate student Susan Finlayson and Professor Mark Francis of the Department of Environmental Design have partnered with the City of Sacramento's Parks and Recreation Department to identify land for new community gardens. The project with the City's Community Gardens Coordinator Bill Maynard focuses on city owned properties that could be developed to include productive gardens. The final report will serve as a resource for the city and community groups interested in starting new community gardens in Sacramento.
Melodramatic Landscapes: Urban Parks in the Nineteenth Century by Heath Massey Schenker.
Landscape Architecture professor Heath Schenker's handsome new book explores how and why prototypical park landscapes -- characterized by groves of trees, expanses of mowed meadow, man-made lakes and meandering paths -- became the norm in the midst of modernizing industrial cities in the 19th century. The book focuses on iconic parks in Paris, New York and Mexico City. (University of Virginia Press, December 2009)

Adjunct professor Jeff Loux appeared on Good Morning America in a story about Germany's "Green City of the Future", while leading a summer school class in Europe. Jeff has also recently been appointed Chair of the Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources division of UC Davis Extension!

Professor Michael Rios will be hosting a webinar on urban design; miroity populations and social equity; sustainability, policy, planning and politics; and professional development on 9/1/7/09.

May 6, 2009 -- LDA professors Patsy Owens and Michael Rios have received $1 million from Sierra Health Foundation and The California Endowment for an ambitious two-year study that will yield recommendations for boosting the region's vitality by investing in its youth.

Professor Stephen Wheeler's summer 2009 urban sprawl research is profiled in UC Davis news.

Environmental Lecture on Earth Day! Professor Stephen Wheeler will lecture on sustainable development on Wednesday, April 22 at 6-7pm in Wellman 26. ASUCD ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND PLANNING COMMISSION
Professor Michael Rios will be speaking about "Health, Community Design, and the Architecture of Collective Action" at Washington University in St. Louis on 3/17/09.
Professor Stephen Wheeler has received the 2009 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. This award is given annually by Cal Poly Pomona to one planning scholar and one practitioner, who receive awards of $5,000 each and participate in two days of symposia, class presentations, and dialogue with students. The practitioner this year is Gail Goldberg, Planning Director for the City of Los Angeles and former Planning Director for the City of San Diego. The theme this year is "The Future of California's Communities and Regions in an Era of Resource Constraints and Climate Change."
Professor Patsy Owens's students' Youtube documentary of the design collaboration between Grant High School and UCD for the Grant High School campus landscape.

Assistant Professor Stephen Wheeler provides comment on the future of sustainable communities in the August 2008 issue of the "California Planning and Development Report".

Loren Oki, Cooperative Extension Specialist, quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article on water conservation.

Professor Michael Rios was a featured speaker at "Community Design: Involvement and Architecture in the U.S. since 1963", a design symposium co-sponsored by An Architektur and Art Transponder in Berlin, Germany. The symposium also included a retrospective exhibit of US community design practice since the civil rights movement. The up-coming issue of An Architektur will feature an interview with Professor Rios. 

The Landscape Architecture Foundation has published a series of online case studies based on the case study method developed for LAF by Professor Mark Francis.   Mark's method was also used to develop a series of case studies for the Sustainable Sites Initiative sponsored by ASLA, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the U. S. Botanic Garden and for a new book "European Landscape Architecture" by Ian Thompson.

On display during May 2008 at Gallery625 in Woodland, CA: Professor Stephen Wheeler's LDA 180/181G students were asked to identify planning and design strategies that could help Yolo County and its communities adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These ideas are showcased in mixed media presentation boards that illustrate concepts ranging from green roofs to transit-oriented development.

Professor Stephen Wheeler cited in Austin American-Statesman in an article on green-minded living.

Congratulations to Steve McNiel and Michael Fotheringham for receiving ASUCD Excellence in Education Awards!  These awards are bestowed upon professors, lecturers, or instructors who most strongly contribute to the educational experiences of undergraduates.  The Associated Students of University of California, Davis (ASUCD) received over 300 nominations from students for various professors on campus.  Awardees are determined based on the quality and quantity of student nominations.  Nominations are voluntary.

Prof. Mark Francis & LDA 181M students help design Sacramento's proposed Gold Rush Park (other articles here and here). Our own webpage about it is here.



The Landscape Architecture Department is always looking for students with work-study (ask UCD Financial Aid Office if you can qualify) for classroom assistants, TAs, readers, peer advisors, etc. We can sometimes offer you units in lieu of salary, as well.

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LDA senior and resident ASLA president, Barbara Nazarewicz, has been profiled by the UCD Aggie.

LDA lecturer, Elizabeth Boults's, 191 class are featured the the SF Chronicle about their project to improve Washington Square Park!

Congratulations to Kim Chacon, 2007 Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarship recipient! Here is a picture of Kim at the ceremony with LDA Professor, Mark Francis, LDA Advisor, Sharla Harrington, and LDA Chair, Steve McNiel.

Graduate Study opportunities in LDA

UCD alumna, Liesel Fenner (LDA 1998), receives National Park Service Award for work on Public Art Program

UC Davis Extension offers courses in Landscape Management to students, alumni and community members - Classes are taught by UC Davis faculty and leading industry experts, bringing to each course the latest practical applications, research and cutting edge information.

Landscape Architecture Students Stand and Deliver. It isn't easy to get into the Landscape Architecture Program at UC Davis, and it's even harder to get out. In an annual rite of passage, all graduating seniors present projects that are the culmination of two quarters of intensive effort and extensive review.

Two UCD LDA students have won the Diablo Women's Garden Club scholarship!



Hunt Hall courtyard garden plot design competiton winners for 2011! To coincide with Picnic Day.

Join UCD LDA professor Michael Rios at TRANSCULTURAL CITIES: February 11-13, 2011: An interdisciplinary symposium focusing on placemaking and cross-cultural understanding in the contemporary built environment.

2011 ASLA Sierra Chapter professional design awards banquet: 4/22 at UCD: three of our majors won!

Two teams of 2010-2011 LDA majors (team one and team two) created installations for Cornerstone gardens in Sonoma, just as they did in 2003.

Gary Strang was our 2010 commencement speaker.

Tyler Eash, UC Davis landscape architecture student and UC Davis students Chan Saetern and Christa Ogier developed a short performance work. The work was a result of research in body manipulation/pathways and architectural theory applied to the body. More poetically the idea of attachment vs collection and weight was applied with images of romance, lust, and emotionally evocative solo works. The event is on the 4th and 5th of June, at 8:00pm Mainstage UC Davis Campus, Davis, CA

The 2011 ASLA Professionals' Dinner was at Cornerstone in Sonoma on May 13! Click here for photos from the 2010 dinner as well as the 2009 and 2008 events. A video of the 2011 dinner's lecture, by Anna Halprin, is here.

LDA hosted our 3rd annual Robert L. Thayer lecture on 4/15/11 featuring Alex Gilliam. .mp4 video is here!

LDA hosted our 2nd annual Robert L. Thayer lecture on 4/16/10 featuring Peter Zweig and our own Heath Massey Schenker. Photos of the talk and also the T-square march the next morning are here!

Dr. Frederick Steiner, Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas in Austin, delivered the first Robert L. Thayer lecture, in commemoration of UCD Landscape Architecture's new home in the renovated Hunt Hall. The Davis Enterprise has an article about the lecture.

St. Martin's Episcopal Church is building a concrete and granite-resin labyrinth just over 42 ft in diameter, Chartres pattern with 11 circuits. It is in an outside location and will be surrounded by a garden setting when the entire project is complete. Master labyrinth designer and expert Robert Ferré from Labyrinth Enterprises in St. Louis is coming to direct the application of the granite resin on the concrete. Robert Ferré will be giving a public lecture on labyrinths and their designs and uses (including some sacred geometry) on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6 - 7 p.m. at St. Martin's church, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. I thought perhaps either you or some of the students in your programs would be interested in attending the public lecture and/or coming to see the work being done from Nov. 3 - 8th on the labyrinth. The lecture is free and open to the public. On Wednesday, November 4, from 6 &endash; 7 p.m., master labyrinth designer Robert Ferré will give a public lecture on labyrinth design and uses as well as sacred geometry at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, in Davis. Different from a maze, which has multiple pathways and dead ends, a labyrinth is a single path with many turns designed for contemplation, prayer, and meditation. Owner of Labyrinth Enterprises in St. Louis, Ferré will be in Davis for over a week directing the design of St. Martin's new concrete and granite-resin labyrinth. Ferré's talk is free and open to the public. St. Martin's also invites all in the community to enjoy and use the new labyrinth once it is complete.

We've posted pictures of the events LDA has hosted in Hunt Hall during 2009!

UCD Landscape Architecture is the co-organizer of the International Symposium on Open Public Urban Space (OPUS) in Norway, June 26 - 29, 2008.

Attend the GreenSpot Annual Workshop on Sustainable Development!

Students! Be sure to check out the Wayne Grace Memorial Student Design Competition.

Landscape Architecture's guest speaker Rachel Evans Lloyd presented on 10/10/08 during the campus centenniel celebration. A 100mb Quicktime .mov file is available here.

LDA alumni and current affiliates celebrated our private Homecoming game tailgate party on October 11, 2008!

ESRI seminars

UCD Internship & Career Fairs

The John Muir Institute of the Environment's 2008 Environmental Solutions Series: Climate Change: Solutions and Implementation

Bringing together innovation, design, and sustainability, the UC Davis Design Museum and the Department of Landscape Architecture, in association with the Great Valley Center and the Sustainable Transportation Center present GreenStop -- highlights from an international design competition challenging architects and designers to create an off-the-grid, sustainable rest area near Tipton on California Highway 99.  Davis Enterprise article on the exhibition is available as a PDF here.

Focus the Nation: UC Davis as well as other universities, schools and civic organizations participated in Focus the Nation, a daylong educational initiative to explore climate change solutions. At UC Davis, events included: seminars on topics ranging from energy efficiency to spiritual life; an idea fair; a climate change cultural showcase; tours of eco-friendly sites on campus; and a World of Ideas Café, in which Freeborn Hall was transformed into an "ideas convention" where teams advocated for climate change solutions. Learn more >>
Landscape Architect Registration Examination Preparatory Courses
Jan. 11-13, 2008
Freeman & Jewell Landscape Architecture is once again offering our popular series of preparatory courses for candidates taking the Landscape Architect Registration Examination. These courses have attracted students from all over California as well as eight other western states and British Columbia.
UCD Landscape Architecture also hosted our own LARE prep course in Walker Hall on 11/8/08. Thank you to all who attended.
Cultivated celebrates art inspired by landscape architecture and design. Held in conjunction with the annual ASLA conference, last year's gathering took place in San Francisco, "bringing to light" various forms of appreciation and expression of landscape. October 6th 2007 San Francisco, CA.

2-Day Workshop: Remodeling Design Activism @ Berkeley CED, 2/2/07

UC Davis Landscape Architecture Program and Design Museum host drawings and photographs by Spanish urban planner Ildefons Cerda (The California Aggie, September 28, 2006)

Design's Diaspora: a symposium held in 2005 by Landscape Architecture at UC Davis.