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Connection In(Tension) by Wow Chiaravanont + Nicole Nakakura

(Un)Discovering Catskill by Kelly Mathiesen, Sabrina Miller, and Angela Moreno-Long

Coalescing Catskill by Garrett Craig-Lucas and Madi Gawith

LA4920 doing a garden installation in front of Caldwell Hall


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

Josh Cerra

Joshua Cerra

With a background in biology and landscape architecture, Josh Cerra has practiced as an environmental designer and ecologist for over 18 years. His work addresses relationships between urban ecosystems and site development processes within a broad range of habitat and development types.


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Coastlines and Climate Change

Nov 9, 2016
For two weeks this summer, the magnificent brick archways, colorful tile mosaics and stained glass of Barcelona’s Hospital de Sant Pau welcomed associate professor of landscape architecture Maria Goula and students from her course Landscape Resiliency. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the art nouveau buildings also house the United Nations Human Settlements Program. Goula and her students traveled there to learn about a different kind of fragile heritage: that of the coastal landscape of the Philippines. Goula is working with the City Resilience Profiling Program under an agreement with UN-Habitat to research ways to design for resiliency in the coastal Philippines. To read the full article, visit

Design Intelligence Quarterly names Peter Trowbridge one of the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016-17

Oct 3, 2016

Trowbridge is consistently nominated by students, practitioners and faculty. He brings significant knowledge into play with impact that motivates people to their full potential. A true passion for the future of the design professions. Well known for accomplishing results. 

Design Intelligence Quarterly Rankings 2016-17

Oct 3, 2016
Design Intelligence Quarterly Rankings 2016-17 ranks Landscape Architecture Undergraduate #4 and Graduate #3 in the Nation.

Maria Goula to Speak at LAF’s Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future

Jun 7, 2016
The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is convening a diverse group of preeminent thinkers and influencers from around the world to set the course for landscape architecture in the 21st century. The Summit will critically reflect on what landscape architecture has achieved over the last 50 years and present bold ideas for what it should achieve in the future. Over the course of two days, 70 established and emerging leaders, including our own Maria Goula, will present their “Declarations” and debate landscape architecture’s potential. The Summit marks 50 years since Ian McHarg and other leading landscape architects composed LAF’s seminal Declaration of Concern, which decried the burgeoning environmental crisis and heralded landscape architecture as critical to help solve it. Building on this legacy, this one-time historic gathering will culminate in a redrafting of the original 1966 Declaration of Concern and a landmark publication of the ideas presented. For more information or to register:

Kathryn Gleason Named Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks

Jun 7, 2016
Kathryn Gleason has been named a Senior Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. The committee of Senior Fellows advises the Director of Dumbarton Oaks on all aspects of research and collection development. During her five-year term she will carry out her advisory duties twice a year and participate in the annual spring seminar--with time provided for research in the superb library and strolling in the fine gardens designed by Beatrix Farrand.
Kathryn Gleason is an Associate Professor of landscape architecture at Cornell. Trained as a landscape architect and archaeologist, she is a specialist on the archaeology of past landscapes, particularly designed features such as parks, gardens, and fields. Her primary area of research is the Mediterranean of the ancient Roman World.

Design Connect

Jun 7, 2016
This past spring semester, students have been working with Watkin's Glen on reuse alternatives for their soon-to-be-decommissioned wastewater treatment plant, with Geneva, NY on re-design of a vacant lot on Main Street, in Horseheads on a back alley design project, and in Seneca County on a market study for reusing a former military air field. More information on past and future projects can be found on our website:
Design Connect is a student-run, interdisciplinary design and planning organization that works with upstate communities on a range of community projects; community engagement and community service is at the core of our mission, and all of our projects provide students with the opportunity to interact with a variety of stakeholders at community visioning sessions, design charrettes, and open houses. Students can participate as project managers managing their own teams of students from different departments, as team members providing design services, or as board members managing the RFP (Request for Proposals) Process and student recruitment.
These are a few images of a Design Connect Project from Spring 2015 which is currently under construction, a community pavilion in the Town of Candor.

2015 Design Intelligence Rankings

Apr 10, 2015
The Department of Landscape Architecture is ranked by Design Intelligence:
3 for Undergraduate and 3 for Graduate in National rankings and 2 in Undergraduate and 3 in Graduate for Regional rankings. 
Landscape Architecture Skills Assessment:
Communication skills - 4th
Research and Theory - 4th
Most admired Undergraduate Landscape Architecture Programs - 2nd
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Permaculture garden grows food for Trillium

Jun 26, 2013
A new student garden outside Kennedy Hall will grow food for Trillium and feature permaculture – a self-sustaining agriculture system in which crops are planted so they work together in mutual benefit. Read more