Landscape Architecture

Amy Freitag speaking at the 2015 symposium Urban Parks and the National Park Service of the Future, organized by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

Alumna Amy Freitag (MLA’94, MSHP’94) has recently been appointed to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mayoral Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers.

From BIG-ONE-Sherwood’s proposal in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge (Watch video)

If Hurricanes Harvey and Irma drove home the threats to coastal cities in the U.S. from climate change—and the role for designers and planners in disaster prevention and mitigation—there was good news this month about efforts to storm-proof the West Coast.

Winning Ross Pavilion design by wHY

The interdisciplinary design firm wHY was recently named the winner of an international design competition for the Ross Pavillion in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Christopher Marcinkoski and Lecturer Megan Born (MLA, MArch’08), partners at PORT Urbanism, led a team including students and alumni Nick McClintock (MLA, MArch’16), Sean McKay (MLA’17), Nick Jabs (MLA’18), and Ao Zhong (MLA’18), along with Architecture Lecturer Josh Freese, in the design of an outdoor installation at Eakins Oval, the terminus of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Each year the American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. This year’s winners included PennDesign faculty and alumni: Architecture Lecturer Jonathan Scelsa and his partner Jennifer Birkeland were awarded the Mark Hampton Rome Prize for their project The Roman Roof-Scape, The Atrium as Landscape-Urban Infrastructure. Alumna Alison B. Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielan were awarded the Prince Charitable Trusts/Rolland Rome Prize for their work on Rome Real-and-Imagined: Cinematic Fictions and Future Landscapes. They were awarded the prize under the Landscape Architecture category.

A proposal from PORT and Range envisions a strengthened ecology for New Jersey's Passaic Forest.

It’s been five years since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in coastal New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and cities in its path are still coming to grips with how to minimize the risks from extreme weather as sea levels continue to rise.

What’s left: The world’s protected areas as of 2015.

Richard Weller’s Atlas for the End of the World, a groundbreaking new collection of maps tracking urban development in relation to biodiversity, has been steadily attracting notice from the design and scientif

Wilmer Wilson IV, performance detail from Henry “Box” Brown, photo: Bree Gant

Four members of the PennDesign community have been recognized by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in the latest round of fellowships and grants.

In the early twentieth century, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley experienced an economic boom as it capitalized on large deposits of high-quality slate buried within the Blue Mountains. Many of the Valley’s towns were founded in those years, and it became the world’s leader in slate production, earning the nickname “Slate Belt.” Today, several quarries and other natural landmarks remain as evidence of the productive times. They were the inspiration for two studio projects led by Ellen Neises, landscape architect and adjunct associate professor in PennDesign’s Department of Landscape Architecture, in collaboration with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC). On May 12, students, faculty, LVPC staff and community members gathered at Tolino Vineyards and Winery in Bangor for a public unveiling of the studio work.

The latest issue of LA+, the interdisciplinary journal published by the Department of Landscape Architecture, is devoted to critically exploring the nexus between place and identity. Ever si

Nearly 300 Master’s and PhD degrees were presented on Monday afternoon under a sunlit tent on Meyerson Plaza at PennDesign’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Capping off a weekend’s worth of festivities that began on Friday with a reception for the Year End Show for design graduates, the ceremony was led by Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner, who shared the podium with Dr. Mindy Fullilove, who gave the Commencement Address; alumnus and Overseer Mark Gardner (MArch’00), who congratulated gradates on behalf of the Board of Overseers; PennDesign Alumni Association President Stuart Mardeusz (MArch’95); and the department and graduate group chairs.
Kordae Henry came to PennDesign after completing the Architecture and Environmental Design program at Morgan State University. He is currently working at MASS Design Group as an Associate Designer and is a creative director at JNTS.

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