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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

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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

Brian Davis

His research examines industrial landscapes and infrastructural projects in Latin America and draws from the field of Hemispheric Studies to understand these places within the context of the larger American landscape.  His landscapes and instruments project examines the role of technology in landscape-making and is developing an instrumental theory of landscape.

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Cornell’s Hudson River Conservation Work Nets DEC Award

May 25, 2017
For more than 20 years, CALS has partnered to protect and preserve the Hudson River Estuary and its watershed. On May 23, the DEC Hudson River Estuary Program recognized Cornell for its long-term partnership and vital role in the success of the program. Read more

Josh Cerra speaks at Hudson River on the Rise: Waterfront Planning for Communities and Nature

Apr 28, 2017
The Cornell Climate Adaptive Design Studio: Designing for Resilience Along Hudson River Estuary Waterfronts. The Climate-adaptive Design studio links Cornell students in landscape architecture with flood-risk communities to explore alternative design strategies for more resilient and connected waterfront areas. To date, students have developed design alternatives for waterfronts in the Village of Catskill, City of Hudson, and City of Kingston. Josh will describe how the design process and the finished work provide inspiration for pathways toward waterfront revitalization and climate adaptation.
View finder overlooking a skyline

Sky's the Limit

Apr 21, 2017
Rapid urbanization is reshaping civilization. We look to the rooftops for sustainable solutions. Read more

Landscape Architecuture 2017 Alumni Reunion

Apr 19, 2017
2017 Reunion gathering on Friday, June 9th from 1:00-3:00pm.  Please join us in the department for light refreshments and mingle with faculty and staff.
Peter Trowbridge, Chair of Landscape Architecture will be hosting a brunch at his home, please email for directions, pjt4@cornell.edu
on Saturday, June 10th at 10:00am.

Professor Sherene Baugher nominated for the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Apr 12, 2017
Professor Sherene Baugher nominated for the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Troy River City Exhibit at the Arts Center

Apr 11, 2017
Troy River City Exhibit at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, New York shows research and design studio work by MLA students; the exhibit runs from March 31- April 14 and is a culmination of three years of work through Assistant Professor Brian Davis’ project with the Water Resources Institute, in collaboration with TAP, Inc.
 

Water in the City: Sao Paulo is a three day symposium and design workshop taking place on Cornell’s campus from April 12-14

Apr 11, 2017
Water in the City: Sao Paulo is a three day symposium and design workshop taking place on Cornell’s campus from April 12-14, with collaborators from the municipality of Sao Paulo, ngos, and the University of Sao Paulo. The project is part of Assistant Professor Brian Davis’ Cidade/Rio project, and is being pursed with support from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.
 

Assistant Professor Brian Davis and collaborator Sean Burkholder of the University of Buffalo are taking part in a project workshop in Evanston, Illinois on April 19-20

Apr 11, 2017
Assistant Professor Brian Davis and collaborator Sean Burkholder of the University of Buffalo are taking part in a project workshop in Evanston, Illinois on April 19-20. The workshop is part of his Port Futures project, funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund.
 

Brian Davis presented his research on flooding infrastructure

Apr 11, 2017
On April 5th Assistant Professor Brian Davis presented his research on flooding infrastructure as civic projects to improve public and ecological health in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Great Lakes Basin at the North Carolina State University College of Design.
 

Assistant Professor Josh Cerra is teaching at the Athar Lina Research Project International School in Cairo, Egypt from March 30-April 6, 2017

Apr 3, 2017
Assistant Professor Josh Cerra is teaching at the Athar Lina Research Project International School in Cairo, Egypt from March 30-April 6, 2017

Josh Cerra presents on "Building Social and Ecological Resilience in Cities” at the 2017 Salmon in the City event in Portland, Oregon and the 2017 Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium in Ithaca, New York

Mar 13, 2017
Josh Cerra presents on "Building Social and Ecological Resilience in Cities” at the 2017 Salmon in the City event in Portland, Oregon and the 2017 Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium in Ithaca, New York.
 

Jamie Vanucchi presented at Landscape Architecture as Necessity

Nov 9, 2016
Assistant Professor Jamie Vanucchi presented her paper, Landscape architecture in an emerging era of the energy landscape, at the Landscape Architecture as Necessity Conference, hosted by the USC School of Architecture, on September 22- 24. The conference proposed that landscape architecture is uniquely able to address current and future challenges associated with climate change by synthesizing science, engineering, and culture. Additionally, our ability to think visually and creatively can and should be used as tools for analysis and communication.
 
Jamie's paper addressed changes in the energy landscape, from large scale public works to dispersed methods of localized collection and distribution. This shift has widespread implications for environmental impacts and patterns of land use. Landscape architects can use their skills and tools to create deeper understandings of these issues, and to guide these transitions. As examples, she examines hydropower and hydraulic fracturing in the Susquehanna watershed.
 

E. Gorton Davis Traveling Fellowship: Lauren Butts investigates post-industrial landscapes

Nov 9, 2016
Third year graduate student Lauren Butts was awarded the E. Gorton Davis Traveling Fellowship, which funded a trip to Germany and Italy to explore post- industrial landscapes. Lauren is interested in how the histories of these sites are retained through repurposing, instead of being demolished and erased. She visited the office of Latz + Partner in Munich, a landscape architecture firm that specializes in post-industrial landscapes. She also visited Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord (designed by Peter Latz) in Duisburg, Germany and the Zollevrerin Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, Germany. She also visited Parco Dora in Turin, Italy.
 

E. Gorton Davis Traveling Fellowship: Quinn Uesugi researches soundscapes in Scandinavian cities

Nov 9, 2016
Third year graduate student Quinn Uesugi was awarded the E. Gorton Davis Traveling Fellowship. She traveled to Sweden and Denmark to learn about “Quiet Zones” in city parks and neighborhoods, and to explore how these cities have designed with sound in mind. She recorded ambient noise in several cities and spoke with planners and professionals concerned with noise, including Per Hedfors, a planner in Osthammar who concentrates on soundscapes, and Michael Grunditz, who is developing a Soundscape Characterization Tool app. Towns and cities visited include Osthammar, Oregrund, Malmo, and Gothenburg in Sweden; and Oslo in Norway.
 

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