Landscape Architecture

Diagram of plan to compost corpses and grow apple for cider

Weitzman students Katie Pitstick and Rosa Zedek, both candidates for the Master of Landscape Architecture, won the Extreme Design Challenge at the annual conference of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), held from November 15 – 18 in in San Diego.

Landscapes in Process 2018-2019

The Landscapes in Process series is an annual publication of work undertaken in design studios, lectures and seminars as well as student awards, faculty news and list of graduates. Process 23 showcases the work of students from the school year 2018-2019. 

Close up of Calder sculpture with school of design building in the background

The Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design welcomes applications for two assistant professor positions to offer graduate-level instruction in landscape architecture design studios and other courses.

A studio instructor addresses students and critics in front of a landscape rendering

David Gerard Gouverneur Malakoff, associate professor of practice, leads a review for a third-year landscape architecture studio. 

Penn earned the third spot among the “Most Admired Landscape Architecture Schools” in the 2019 edition of America’s Top Ranked Architecture & Design Schools from DesignIntelligence. Penn also earned the third spot in the nation among the “Most Hired From Landscape Architecture Schools.”

A bronze bust of Stuart Weitzman is unveiled by Dean Fritz Steiner (left) and President Amy Gutmann, while Weitzman (right) looks on during the Stuart Weitzman School of Design naming celebration.

Photo Eric Sucar for Penn Today

Designer and footwear industry icon Stuart Weitzman was honored in a ceremony Thursday celebrating the naming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Stuart Weitzman Plaza. President Amy Gutmann thanked Weitzman for a “lifetime of engagement with Penn,” saying he “believes in the power of design to immeasurably improve the human experience.” 

The San Rafael Floodmobile with features highlighted

The FloMo: A Mobile Messenger for Sea Level Rise

Award Of Excellence: Communications

Rendering of garden design by Weller

Image: courtesy Robert Cameron, Cristina E. Ramalho and Julian Bolleter

"With Australia’s population set to almost double by 2066, the handwringing over increased density and sprawl will only increase. Yet these circumstances offer architects and urban planners an opportunity for courageous creativity.

Illustration of Frederick Law Olmstead and text "Central Park and Landscape's Ongoing imaginary"

Illustration by Nikki Chang (MLA’19)

The latest issue of LA+, the Weitzman School’s award-winning interdisciplinary published by the Department of Landscape Architecture, documents the winners of last year's international competition to redesign New York's Central Park. In an essay excerpted here, “Central Park and Landscape’s Ongoing Imaginary,” Julia Czerniak explores the entries through the lens of Central Park design history.

Renderings of designs for New York's Central Park

ICONOCLAST, the 10th issue of LA+, documents the winners of last year's international competition to redesign New York's Central Park.

Cover of Seeing Trees book by Sonja Dumpelmann

This fall, landscape historian Sonja Dümpelmann joined the Weitzman School as standing faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture. Dümpelmann’s research and writing focuses on 19th and 20th century landscape history, and contemporary landscape architecture in the Western World, with a particular focus on the urban environment in Germany, Italy, and the United States. At Weitzman, she is teaching a core class on 19th and 20th century landscape history and theory. 

All previous editions of LA+

A "groundbreaking journal" with "stunning visual style" and "a record of editorial excellence." These are all comments from the 2019 ASLA jury on presenting LA+ with an

Varshini Prakash on stage at Irvine Auditorium with four speakers seated behind.

Prakash spoke as part of the panel “Building Power: Bold Visions for a Green New Deal,” alongside Stephanie Kelton, Kate Aronoff, Kate Orff, Peggy Deamer, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Billy Fleming.

The September conference “Designing a Green New Deal” brought together historians, sociologists, designers, elected officials, writers and activists in order to focus attention on how a new series of landscape interventions and job-creating programs could avoid the pitfalls of the past.