Landscape Architecture

Photo © OLIN / Sahar Coston-Hardy

Laurie Olin, practice professor emeritus of landscape architecture at PennDesign, will receive an honorary doctor of arts degree at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony for his many contributions to the design profession. 

Richard Weller, Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, professor and chair of landscape architecture; Christopher Marcinkoski, associated professor of landscape architecture; and Javier Arpa, lecturer in landscape architecture, contributed articles to the latest issue of DOMUS magazine.

The Spring 2019 travel studios will take students to at least seven countries and 18 cities on three continents. But the design challenges and cultural traditions they present are even more varied than the list of destinations suggests.

In conjunction with a survey exhibition at the Architectural Archives, longtime faculty member Laurie Olin talks about his design process, the interchange between his practice and teaching, and the experience of space.

Sean Burkholder, assistant professor of landscape architecture, arrived at PennDesign this fall after teaching at the University of Buffalo. He is also director of the Landscape Affairs Group [], a landscape, research and design consultancy focused on the human-entangled freshwater ecosystems of postindustrial regions, and co-directs the $1.5M Healthy Port Futures project from the Great Lakes Protection Fund in close collaboration with a range of local and federal agencies. 

As part of a series of conservations with leading professionals associated with PennDesign, alumna Barbara Wilks talks about her MLA studies and transformative gift to The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology.

To celebrate the launch of its Urban Resilience Certificate, PennDesign brought together urban designers, architects, engineers, city planners, and sociologists to share strategies for adapting to rising sea levels, fiercer storms, and sinking shorelines.

Aaron Wunsch has been promoted to the rank of associate professor, with tenure, in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and in the Department of Landscape Architecture. 

Ahead of a daylong symposium with leading designers and educators he is co-hosting, PennDesign’s Matthijs Bouw talks about his work on the BIG U in Lower Manhattan, lessons from the Dutch for resilience planning, and other touchstones for the School’s newest certificate program.

Photo © OLIN / Sahar Coston-Hardy

In conjunction with a survey exhibition at the Architectural Archives, longtime faculty member Laurie Olin talks about his lifelong drawing practice. “A lot of design is about planning and thinking and then working through a problem,” he says.“Drawings are problems that you set for yourself when you’re trying to figure out how to express something.”

Shaping the Postwar Landscape, a new volume in the reference project Pioneers of American Landscape Design (University of Virginia Press, 2018), profiles several former faculty and alumni of PennDesign among the most important figures in landscape architecture in the second half of the twentieth century.

The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology has annouced the speakers for Design With Nature Now, a multimedia exploration of dynamic and visionary approaches to landscape design and development in the face of climate change and urbanization.