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Student work from 3rd Year 'Design with Sediment' MLA studio with Professor Brian Davis. Work by Veronica Chan MLA '18 and Thackston Crandall MLA '18

Student work by JiaMin Chen MLA '19 from Coney Island Graduate Studio with Peter Trowbridge and Mitch Glass

Student work by Parth Divekar MLA '18 from 3rd Year MLA Studio with Margot Lystra

Remote sensing image produced by Professor Brian Davis as a point cloud using an aerial drone, part of the Ambiguous Territories Exhibition and symposium at the University of Michigan


Landscape architects play a variety of roles, ranging from designer to land-use mediator to conservationist. The Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences views the art of landscape design as an expression of cultural values reinforced by many related disciplines.

The department offers accredited, license-qualifying Landscape Architecture degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate Landscape Architecture degree is the only one of its kind in the Ivy League. Both academic programs provide a sound grounding in theory and technology, which is put into practice through the design studio and related courses. Learn more

Faculty Spotlight

Kathryn L. Gleason

Internationally known for her work in landscape archaeology, Kathryn Gleason brings a unique perspective to contemporary design teaching and discourse, asking students and colleagues to consider the extant and often fragmentary archaeologies and memories of past landscapes that make up every site on which a landscape architect works.

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River Cities, City Rivers from Dumbarton Oaks

May 15, 2018
Building on emerging interests in the resilience of cities, this volume considers river cities and city rivers to explore how histories have shaped the present and how they might inform our visions of the future. Cities have been built alongside rivers throughout history. These rivers can shape a city’s success or cause its destruction. At the same time, city-building reshapes rivers and their landscapes. Cities have harnessed, modified, and engineered rivers, altering ecologies and creating new landscapes in the process of urbanization. Rivers are as informed by the development of cities as urban landscapes as the cities are shaped by their relationship to the river. In the river city, the city river is a dynamic contributor to the urban landscape with its flow of urban economies, geographies, and cultures. Yet we have rarely given these urban landscapes their due. This collection of essays asks how river landscapes are shaped by and shape urban settlements, and in turn how their histories inform ideas of urban resilience and adaptability. 

The volume features an article by Assistant Professor Brian Davis and Amelia Jensen, MLA '16 and can be purchased here from Harvard University Press.  Read more

Cornell Students Win APA National Student Competition

May 6, 2018
Landscape architecture student Kari Spiegelhalter (M.L.A. '19), along with planning students Anna Callahan (M.R.P. ’18), Thomas Pera (M.R.P. ’18), Hannah Plummer (M.R.P. ’18) have won the American Planning Association's student design competition, as part of the APA National Planning Conference in New Orleans. The design, 'NOLA Shares' focused on Iberville neighborhood in New Orleans, and the project aims to strengthen social and economic bonds between the long-time residents of the Iberville community and the new population to the area. For more on this interdisciplinary team and their success, visit this article.  Read more