Landscape Architecture

Young man standing acoss a table from a professional woman
As students and recent alums are confronted by uncertainties in the job market due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Weitzman School has expanded its professional development and career services initiatives, while taking them online. “It is critical, to me, that people stay engaged. There is so much that needs to be done, and this brain trust cannot be lost,” says Lucinda Sanders, the CEO of OLIN and an adjunct professor of landscape architecture.
A man watches a robot arm weave black fibers on a wood frame

Architecture Lecturer Ezio Blasetti supervises the fabrication of a carbon-fiber structure at the Weitzman Robotics Lab earlier this year.

The theme of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, “How will we live together?” has assumed a new significance as the coronavirus pandemic has swept across the globe. As health concerns led to shutdowns in Italy, the Biennale’s opening was postponed until August 29, but the Weitzman School stands to be well represented, with projects by faculty and students in the departments of architecture and landscape architecture.
Zoom window with 6 students and instructor
As faculty across the Weitzman School have adapted their courses for webcams and computer screens this semester, they’ve found new ways to connect with students and make assignments meaningful.
Survey of housing of Galapagos
A Weitzman graduate studio, offered in 2017 and 2018 by Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Karen M’Closkey with the title Fantasy Island, sought to address challenges related to population growth in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristóbal Island. As part of the studio, which is the subject of a publication and will be part of a future exhibition, students designed “areas of permeability” between the protected and human-inhabited parts of the islands.
Portraits of Weller and Lutsky
The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) has announced the CELA 2020 award winners. Richard Weller, professor and chair of landscape architecture and Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, was inducted into CELA’s Academy of Fellows. Karen Lutsky (MLA’11) received an Excellence in Teaching, Junior, Faculty Award.
Elevation point cloud of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by M'Closeky and VanDerSys
For their Penn studio, Karen M'Closkey and Keith VanDerSys used drone and open-source GPS survey units to visualize ocean levels around the island of San Cristobal, providing valuable new data for Ecuador's oceanographic agency.
Lassiter, Mason, Luegering, Mosley, Farley, Henry
When spring semester study moved online in mid-March, suddenly Zoom or Blue Jeans or Panopto was as integral to teaching at Weitzman as the mastery of a subject and a commitment to students’ learning. Design Weekly asked six faculty members in the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Fine Arts, and Historic Preservation talk about adapting their courses for the screen, and the rewards and constraints they found in the process.
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Writing in 2017 for LA+ RISK, the interdisciplinary landscape architectural journal of the Weitzman School, Matthew Waltner-Toews and David Waltner-Toews advocate for an ecosytem approach to emerging infectious disease. “The larger environmental and social issues are acknowledged but rarely addressed,” they write.
Aerial view of Narsarsuaq, Greenland, showing the airstrip, the treeless landscape, and the beginning of the ice cap.

Aerial view of Narsarsuaq, Greenland, showing the airstrip, the treeless landscape, and the beginning of the ice cap.

Dual MLA/MArch student, James Billingsley receives second prize in The Avery Review's Essay Prize competition. In his essay, “An Arboretum at the End of an Epoch,” Billingsley composes an alternative portrait of Greenland that is layered, complex, diverse, an
Faculty and students facing the camera in a darkened corridor lined by renderings
Now scheduled to open in August, the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia will include boundary-pushing work by Weitzman faculty and students from the departments of architecture and landscape architecture.
Rendering of New York's Central Park as a giant aquarium
As faculty and students at the Weitzman School gear up to resume classes online, the Department of Landscape Architecture has published a reading list to introduce students to the profession, its history and prime movers, and the issues that animate it today.
Composite portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mahony Griffin

Photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright (1954) by Fay Euine Jones, and photograph of Marion Mahony Griffin (1935), author unknown, courtesy Australian National Library.

Jennifer Zell is a senior associate at AHBE Landscape Architects in Los Angeles. She has worked on a wide range of project types and scales including ecological restoration, urban design, and recreation planning.