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Sasha Anemone and Nell Crumbley LA6010 studio final review

Nell and Crubley

ULI Hines Student Competition –Spring 2019 (Hon. Mention)Students: AkshaiWilkinson, Sage Taber, Tim Dehm, JihannyHassun Professional Advisor: Mitch Glass


LA1420 studio

LA1420 studio drawing

Parking Day 2019

Parking day 2019

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



Cornell University 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 deployed through the design studio and supplemental courses that inform the design process.

Due to its unique position within the university, the Department of Landscape Architecture promotes interaction and collaboration with other academic fields, including horticulture, architecture, city and regional planning, fine arts, and the natural and social sciences.


Faculty Spotlight


Jennifer Birkeland

Jennifer Birkeland is a licensed landscape architect in the state of New York, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a LEED accredited professional. She is the co-founder of the design practice, op-AL, a multidisciplinary studio in Brooklyn, New York and studies the relationships between optics, landscape and architecture in their work. The office approaches design problems by exploring the oppositions established by the vantage points of our two disciplines of focus, resulting in design solutions that strive to disintegrate the subject-object relationship conventionally established between Landscape + Building. Jennifer has worked with internationally renowned offices such as West 8OLIN, and Ken Smith Workshop, working on a wide range of projects including several national design competitions for the National Parks Service, including the winning design entry for the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater in Washington DC. 

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2019-2020 DesignIntelligence Rankings

Feb 8, 2021

The 2019-2020 DesignIntelligence rankings have been announced for the top 25 programs according to hiring professionals.
Cornell University's Landscape Architecture ranks 3rd for undergraduate and 2nd for the graduate programs.

Resilient Hudson Shoreline Designs Webinar

Nov 20, 2020

Resilient Hudson River Shoreline Designs Webinar Nov. 20 

Restoring Free-Flowing Waters in Hudson Tributary Streams
Fresh water river and stream habitats are linked to the estuary through a network of tributary connections. Each year, migratory fish must navigate these pathways to move between feeding, nursery, and spawning grounds. Many culverts and dams are blocking fish movement, dramatically shrinking the habitat available. There are more than 1,600 dams and 10,000 culverts in the estuary watershed.
DEC grant funding helps communities assess and replace these barriers. More than $855,000 recently was awarded to four projects to help reduce local flooding and restore aquatic habitats in tributary streams of the Hudson River Estuary. These funds will support projects to restore free-flowing waters to benefit water quality and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the American eel and river herring. The grants were provided through DEC’s Environmental Protection Fund. Read more about the projects in DEC’s press release.
Riverkeeper, in partnership with DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program, recently removed two dams on tributaries to the Hudson: the Strooks Felt Dam on the Quassaick Creek in Newburgh, and a dam on Furnace Brook in Oscawana Park in Cortlandt. The dams were the first barriers for fish movement upstream from the Hudson River. Removing the dams will improve water quality and habitat for resident and migratory fish, including river herring and American eel. Funding for the dam removals was provided by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), administered by Hudson River Estuary Program from a grant for tributary restoration and resilience.

Resilient Hudson River Shoreline Designs Webinar November 20
This webinar will present the preliminary designs for sustainable shoreline projects in Kingston and Piermont, New York. Both communities participated in the Climate-Adaptive Design Studio, a program that links Cornell University graduate and undergraduate students in landscape architecture with flood-prone communities on the Hudson to create design concepts that incorporate projections for sea-level rise and extreme weather. In collaboration with each municipality, design and engineering firms selected and developed a design concept for two vulnerable shorefront locations. In Piermont, HDR Engineering prepared a preliminary design for a living shoreline project that emphasizes protection and stabilization of existing shorelines and development of shallow water habitat while providing recreational access to the Hudson. In Kingston, SuperMass Studio created a design to stabilize the shoreline, create habitat, and reinforce the beach at Kingston Point.
Representatives of the municipalities and the design firms will discuss the process of stakeholder engagement and present the site assessments, design objectives, conceptual plans, and permitting considerations. The webinar will take place Friday, November 20 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit the webpage for the Sustainable Shorelines Designs Webinar Series.



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Hudson River

Climate-adaptive Design studio

Mar 26, 2020

The banks of the Hudson River shore at Ossining, New York, may seem tranquil now, but the Westchester County town – and other villages along the river – face a watery future: Due to projected climate change effects, the Hudson is rising.  Read more....