Landscape Architecture

Graduate architecture students in the L.A. River channel for a studio led by Florencia Pita, 2017
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.
Laurie Olin at a PennDesign studio review
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
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. 
Barbara Wilks
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.
Fall 2018: Assistant or Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture (History/Theory/Design)
Image from Anne Whiston Spirn's (MLA’74) 'Marnas: A Journey through Space, Time, and Ideas.'
At next week’s Annual Meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the work of a number of PennDesign faculty, alumni, and students will highlighted.
Matthijs Bouw
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.
Laurie Olin, Practice Professor Emeritus in Landscape Architecture

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.”
Cover of "Shaping the Postwar Landscape"
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.
Poster for "Design With Nature Now"
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.
Billy Fleming, Wilks Family Director at The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology
PennDesign has received $1.25 million from the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation to establish the Wilks Family McHarg Center Directorship, which is held by PennDesign alumnus Billy Fleming. 
Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, 2017

Photo: Air Force Magazine on Flickr

Faculty and students in the City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture departments are working to address the problems facing Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of the deadly 2017 hurricane season, including those who relocated to Philadelphia.