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Student work from 3rd Year Design with Sediment MLA studio with Professor Brian Davis on the Port of Baltimore

Student work by JiaMin Chen MLA '19 from 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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Maria Goula

Maria Goula is considered an expert in Mediterranean semiarid ordinary landscapes, a term she coined in her doctoral thesis, where she investigated how a particular application of design traditions in combination with conventional environmental values and practices have excluded certain kind of dynamic landscapes, such as torrents. 

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Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture Lecturer Position

Mar 13, 2018
Position Function
The position requires the candidate to have teaching and/or professional practice experience in contemporary design, and planting design in particular. Knowledge of plant material and current planting techniques is required with expertise in ecological infrastructure practices such as bioretention, green roofs, and living walls preferred. Courses will be taught to both undergraduates and graduate students for the plants and design course and studios.  The position is a nine-month appointment beginning August 16, 2018 through May 15, 2019.
Anticipated Division of Time
The lecturer will be responsible for four courses. This includes two graduate or undergraduate studios that meet for 3 half days each week during the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters respectively.  The plants and design courses will meet for two half days each week for both fall and spring semesters.
The lecturer must have at least one professional degree in Landscape Architecture, preferably a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA). Prior teaching experience is desirable but not required.  The chosen candidate must have the ability to work with a diverse group of students.  Strong organizational and communication skills are essential.
Supervision Exercised
The lecturer will not have formal advisees assigned to them. However, students will expect to get informal advice on job searches and internship opportunities.  Provide students with clarification on assignments, exams, and grading.
Please submit your materials, including a letter of interest, portfolio of creative work, and if applicable, teaching portfolio to:
April Kampney, Department Business Manager
Department of Landscape Architecture
Cornell University
440 Kennedy Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
Please contact April with any questions (607)255-8436.

Professors To Be Honored at CELA Conference

Mar 13, 2018
3 Cornell Landscape Architecture Professors will be honored next week at the 2018 Council of Educators for Landscape Architecture Conference. Professor of the Built Environment Brian Davis will receive 2018 Excellence in Research and Creative Work Award, Junior Level. Assistant Professor Jamie Vanucchi will receive the 2018 Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award, Junior Level. And Professor Peter Trowbridge will be honored by becoming one of the newest Fellows in. Congratulations to all! All will be honored at the CELA conference in Blacksburg, Virginia, which runs March 21-24, 2018.
Healthy Port Futures Map

Brian Davis and Healthy Port Futures Team Awarded $1.6 Million Grant

Mar 5, 2018

Cornell Professor of the Built Environment Brian Davis and the Healthy Port Futures team have been awarded a grant for $1.6 million from the the Great Lakes Protection Fund to test and develop new concepts of sediment management for Great Lakes ports. Professor Davis and Assistant Professor Sean Burkholder from the University of Buffalo will serve as Principle Investigators on this three year project, along with a diverse team partnering across multiple institutions.

The research team aims to shepherd new attitudes toward sediment and its management by shifting this process from a maintenance act producing a waste product to a productive operation contributing to revenue streams, land creation, risk reduction and habitat improvement. The project will pilot efforts in two medium sized ports, that if successful will be adopted in the over forty medium-sized port communities through all states in the Great Lakes basin. View a map of Toledo, OH as part this project by MLA candidate '18 Theresa Ruswick.

View the full press release from the Healthy Port Futures Team.

View the grant announcement and project description from the Great Lakes Protection Fund.