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Student work from 2nd Year Coney Island Graduate Studio with Peter Trowbridge and Mitch Glass Credit: JiaMin Chen

Student work from 3rd Year Graduate Studio with Margot Lystra Credit: Parth Divekar

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


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Assistant Professor Brian Davis is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Research and Creative Work Award, Junior Level

Jan 30, 2018
Assistant Professor Brian Davis is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Research and Creative Work Award, Junior Level. The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture confers this award to honor a faculty member’s outstanding, innovative, and noteworthy research and/or creative works related to the Landscape Architecture discipline.

Assistant Professor Jamie Vanucchi is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award, Junior Level

Jan 30, 2018
Assistant Professor Jamie Vanucchi is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award, Junior Level. The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture confers this award to honor a faculty member’s excellent ability to direct design studio projects that demonstrate outstanding quality and/or emphasize the critical thinking and creative process.

January 24th Biophilia: Ithaca Presentation with Associate Professor Josh Cerra

Jan 4, 2018
Professor Josh Cerra will be delivering a presentation as part of Biophilia: Ithaca on Linking Community and Ecology in the Climate-Adaptive Design Studio.
Wednesday, January 24; 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location: Tompkins County Public Library

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Associate Professor Josh Cerra to Present On Climate Adaptive Design Studio with Cornell Extension

Nov 28, 2017
Associate Professor Joshua F. Cerra will be presenting at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Annual Meeting about the Climate-adaptive Design Studio’s ongoing work in Kingston, NY on December 6th.

For more details on attending and on the Climate Adaptive Design Studio and to attend this event, follow this link:
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Students Honored with 2017 ASLA General Design Award

Oct 28, 2017
The Climate Adaptive Design team accepted an ASLA General Design Honor award on October 23 in Los Angeles for the project Weaving the Waterfront.
The team: Hong Gao, Student ASLA; Luyao Kong, Student ASLA; Qianli Feng, Student ASLA  and Faculty Advisor Joshua Cerra, ASLA Cornell University.

For more information on this remarkable project, click the link to the the ASLA feature here:

Associate Professor Maria Goula advises thesis recognized by European Prize Manuel Solà-Morales 2017

Oct 15, 2017
Dr. Maria Goula, principal advisor of the Phd thesis of Architect Marta Labastida “El paisaje próximo. fragmentos del Vale do Ave”, which received a mention by the European Prize Manuel Solà-Morales 2017, developed at the Universidade do Minho, Portugal.

Dr. Jean Louis Cohen, Architect, Professor of The History of Architecture and a specialist in Urbanism at New York University of Fine Arts and the Collège de France in Paris, president.Dr. Kris Scheerlinck, Architect, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at KU Leuven, Department of Architecture, Belgium. Dr. Maria Rubert de Ventós, Architect, Professor of Urbanism at ETSAB, representing the Barcelona Urbanism Laboratory, who will act as secretary.
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Fall Lecture Series

Oct 15, 2017
The department continues its tradition of hosting distinguished practitioners in the field of landscape architecture to speak and visit with students at Cornell. Thusfar this semester we have been pleased to host a wide range of professionals across the field, including Martin Hogue of SUNY ESF, Cornell Alumnus Michael Van Valkenburgh of Michaeal Val Valkenburgh Associates, and Daniel Thorpe of Laguardia Design Group among many others. Please join us for one of our upcoming lectures this fall. All lectures are in Kennedy Hall Room 461 at 12:15 PM unless otherwise noted.

10/18 STEFANIA STANISCIA / West Virgina University, Assistant Professor 
Islands: Metaphors and Realities

10/30 JOAO NUNES / PROAP Lisbon, Founder CEO
Firm’s Recent Work
+5:15 PM Physical Science Building Room 401
11/1 LINDA SHI / CRP Cornell, Assistant Professor
Resilient Cities: The Political Ecology of Designing for Climate Adaptation

11/3 MARK KLOPFER / KMDG Boston, Founding Principal
Firm's Recent Work
11/6 LISA DIEDRICH / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Alnarp, Professor
Towards An Alter-Urban Age: Critical Landscape Explorations From Europe

11/8 ANDREA KAHN / Columbia University, Adj. Associate Professor

11/10 PIPPA BRASHEAR / SCAPE, Director of Planning and Resilience
Firm's Recent Work
+5:15 PM Warren Hall Room 151

11/13 NAOMI COTTRELL / MCLA Boston, Principal
The Whole is Greater than the Sum of It’s Parts: Small Urban Interventions

11/15 KEN SMITH / Ken Smith Workshop, Founding Principal
Firm’s Recent Work

11/20 GARY HILDERBRAND / Professor in Practice Harvard GSD, Founding Principal Reed Hilderbrand
Firm’s Recent Work
+5:15 PM Physical Science Building Room 401


Josh Cerra's ASLA Award winning CAD studio in DEC newsletter

Oct 13, 2017
New NOAA Tide Station on the Hudson; Climate Adaptive Design Team Wins National Award
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News from the Hudson River Estuary Program

New Turkey Point Tide Station Will Provide Key Water Level Data
On October 3rd, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) celebrated the 35th anniversary of DEC's Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (the Reserve) with officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), state and federal elected officials, agencies, not-for-profit organizations, educators, and scientists. DEC and NOAA officials also dedicated the new Turkey Point Tide Station, established by the Reserve and DEC, with NOAA support.
This station, which complies with strict NOAA protocols for tide level monitoring, began transmitting highly accurate water level data in September. The station fills a critical gap in the nation’s water level monitoring network, as it is located nearly 100 miles north of the Battery in New York City, site of the only other permanent tide station on the 152-mile estuary. The Turkey Point station increases the accuracy of tide predictions and supports safe navigation, timely spill response, improved tracking of climate impacts, and habitat management and restoration.
NOAA designated the Reserve in 1982 as part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, a network of 29 protected U.S. coastal areas that promote sustainability and improve coastal management through research and education about estuaries. The Reserve includes four tidal wetland and upland complexes that span the middle 100 miles of the tidal Hudson River, with two sites in Rockland County (Piermont Marsh and Iona Island), one in Dutchess County (Tivoli Bays), and one in Columbia County (Stockport Flats). The sites and programs are managed by the Reserve in partnership with DEC and its Hudson River Estuary Program, and the NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Climate Adaptive Design (CAD) Team Wins National Landscape Architecture Award for Kingston Point Proposal
The American Society of Landscape Architects(ASLA) recently announced the 28 winners of the 2017 Student Awards. Selected from 295 entries representing 52 schools, the awards honor the top work of landscape architecture students in the U.S. and around the world. Among those honored was a team from Cornell University’s graduate program in landscape architecture, for their proposal ‘Weaving the Water Front’ which reimagines a 38.3-acre site along Kingston Point in Kingston, New York, by incorporating climate resilient strategies, public spaces, and wetland restoration to adapt to sea-level rise and storm surge flooding.
The Awards Jury said, “A really smart project. It clearly explored three strategies and proposed a design that will work for 100 years."
Climate-Adaptive Design is an initiative of DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell landscape architecture and engineering students to help communities reimagine and reinvent their flood-prone waterfronts. The villages of Catskill and Piermont and cities of Hudson and Kingston are participating in the program.

2017-2018 DesignIntelligence Rankings

Oct 9, 2017
The 2017-2018 DesignIntelligence rankings have been announced for the top 25 programs according to hiring professionals.
Cornell University's Landscape Architecture ranks 5th for undergraduate and 4th for the graduate programs.

Landscape Architecture Design Education focus areas for communication and presentation skills were ranked 5th and research 4th.
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Josh Cerra To Speak at the 2017 International Landscape Architecture Forum

Sep 20, 2017
Associate Professor Josh Cerra will be speaking at the 2017 International Landscape Architecture Forum on September 23-24, 2017 at the School of Landscape Architecture in Beijing Forestry University, China. As stated by the forum announcement,

“This year’s forum is under the theme “Nature in the City”, which includes the following topics:  (Re-)Construction of the Urban Natural System; Urban Ecological Restoration; Urban Revitalization with Nature. Under the theme of "Nature in the City", the School of Landscape Architecture in BFU invites scholars and designers worldwide to discuss various topics, share research results and practical experience, offer enlightenment and inspirations for more landscape architects to explore innovative methods and paths for the city’s sustainable development, in order to promote the research and development of the landscape architecture.”
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Professor Kathryn Gleason Receives 2017 Knowledge Matters Fellowship

Sep 17, 2017
We are excited to announce that Professor Gleason has been awarded the Knowledge Matters Fellowship by the Cornell University Office of Faculty Development and Diversity. This fellowship provides a set of training sessions designed to encourage sharing among faculty to advance the ways we use technology to share our research with students, prospective students, and the public in whatever ways the fellows wish to explore. See the full list of 2017 fellows and read more about the fellowship here:
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Professor Brian Davis to Participate in Resilient By Design-Bay Area Challenge

Sep 17, 2017
Professor Davis and the Dredge Research Collaborative are a part of the design team, led by Scape Landscape Architecture of New York City, that is one of ten finalists in the Resilient by Design – Bay Area Challenge.  Their proposal, Public Sediment, focuses on the building block of resilience in the Bay to revitalize the ecological infrastructure of marshes, mudflats, and coastal edges.  In other words, they propose to design with mud. See the link below for additional information:

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Engineering With Nature Workshop, July 25-28

Sep 11, 2017
Assistant Professor Brian Davis took part in a workshop with the Engineering With Nature program of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The workshop took place in Vicksburg, MS at the Engineering Research Development Center and was co-organized by the Army Corps and the Dredge Research Collaborative, of which Professor Davis is a part. The workshop explored opportunities for research and collaboration between the landscape architecture community and the Engineering With Nature program with a particular focus on the potential of natural and nature-based features. Professor Davis’ contribution included a focus on rapid prototyping and modeling and passive sediment management approaches for inland waterways.

Design With Dredge Program, Summer 2017

Sep 11, 2017

Assistant Professor Brian Davis helped to organize and run the design research program Design with Dredge, in collaboration with the Maryland Port Administration Harbor Development Team and Mahan Rykiel Association landscape architecture firm. The program brought four graduate student intern in landscape architecture together with experts in engineering, design, environmental toxicology, and ecology to develop frameworks and propose pilot projects. The results were designed landscape proposals that can shift public perception of dredge material while improving human and ecosystem health and streamlining operations costs for the port. Next steps for the innovative proposals are currently being discussed.

Ambiguous Territories: Architecture, Landscape, and the Post-Natural, October 5-6, 2017

Sep 11, 2017
Assistant Professor Brian Davis will have a work exhibited at Ambiguous Territories: Architecture, Landscape, and the Post-Natural. The event is a symposium and concurrent exhibition that situates contemporary discourses and practices of architecture and landscape within the context of the Postnatural; the era of climate change, the Anthropocene, and altered ecologies. The core question of the symposium is: In a time when humans have been fundamentally displaced from their presumed place of privilege, philosophically as well as experientially, should the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture consider displacing themselves as well, in order to establish new affiliations and avail new ways to approach contemporary questions of design in relation to the environment? Professor Davis’ contribution is drawn from his research on urban rivers in Sao Paulo and presents a point cloud method of representation tuned to the dynamism and particularity of fluvio-urban environments.
image from the World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities Symposium website

World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities, Symposium and Exhibit, September 14-17, 2017

Sep 11, 2017
Assistant Professor Brian Davis will participate as an invited speaker in the World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities event in Minneapolis. Mobilizing Materialities is organized in collaboration with World of Matter, an international art and media project investigating primary materials (fossil, mineral, agrarian, maritime) and the complex ecologies of which they are a part. Initiated by an interdisciplinary group of artists and scholars, the project responds to the urgent need for new forms of representation that shift resource-related debates from a market driven domain to open platforms for engaged public discourse. The artworks included in the exhibition adopt a variety of formats and strategies to delve into relations between humans and the world, in some cases by way of historical narratives, in others, through scientific laboratory research, community collaboration, visualization technologies, or activist organization. Many projects have furthermore involved intensive, multiyear fieldwork in sites of heightened material significance, often in collaboration with indigenous communities, who are experts in sustainable coexistence and for whom the world is not merely a resource for human consumption that needs to be controlled. These investigative experiments animate an emergent notion of artistic global citizenship, breaking up well-worn patterns of representation by embracing a plethora of aesthetic, conceptual and interventionist engagements with “matter.”
Professor Davis will speak at the symposium on September 17th, which will explore the expanded role of the geo- (as in Earth-based, geological, Earth systems related) in current artistic and scholarly research as well as the importance of collective, cross-disciplinary investigation in elucidating and actively responding to emergent geo-social/-political realities/scrutinize zones of geopolitical-ecological upheaval. One aim of the entire program is to support and extend existing dialogues and action along these lines within the greater Great Lakes region.