LDA professor Claire Napawan's recent submission to the South by Southwest Eco Conference, which will be held in October 2015, was awarded an Eco Award last year by SXSW. She needs our votes to participate on a panel discussion for their annual conference.  Please consider using the link below to vote for:
Out-frastructure: Revealing Urban Ecologies at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/45611

Several upperclassmen particiated in this year's Undergraduate Research Conference!

Next City Vanguard Conference is an annual experiential urban leadership gathering of the best and brightest young urban leaders working to improve cities across sectors, including urban planning, community development, entrepreneurship, government, transportation, sustainability, design, art and media. Each year, Next City selects 40 applicants whose smart ideas for cities, experience in the field and ambition for the future all show great promise. The conference is free and there are a limited number of stipends to cover travel costs for qualified applicants.  The conference is in Reno on May 6-8.  Our own professor, Claire Napawan, has been awarded one of the 40 spots as a Vanguard Urbanist Award!

The national ALSA conference in Denver, in November, 2014.

The national CELA conference in March, 2015.

The national EDRA conference in Los Angeles in May, 2015.

LDA emeritus professor, Dean MacCannell, and his wife, Juliet, would like to invite everyone to the opening, October 10, of the annual Day of the Dead exhibit at Somarts, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, 6 pm.  The exhibition will be up for a month. October 11-November 8.

Claire Napawan, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Department of Human Ecology and Brett Snyder, Assistant Professor of Architecture & Graphic Design, Department of Design are 1 of 10  artist teams selected to participate in the Open City Art and Ideas Festival, organized by the Yerba  Buena Center for the Arts and the Institute for the Future of Cities. Their project, #SFOPENCITY aims  to bring to light the contemporary experiences within the city, facilitate a virtual dialogue regarding  these landscapes, and curate the experiences of its citizens; and we need your help!  Please follow us on Instagram or Twitter @sf_opencity and contribute your experiences of the  contemporary city via images and tweets. Capture the #brilliant, highlight the #ubiquitous, and  challenge the #ineffectual! Create your own hashtags to evaluate your own urban environments and  be sure to tag us @sf_opencity. Then join us at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 4, 2014 from 11 – 6 as we share your experiences of an open city!


Greetings from the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA)!  We are a non-profit organization that promotes the Horticulture, Human Culture and Business Culture of Japanese Gardens in USA and Canada through public education, professional development and research.  

As part of our mission in public education, we would like to extend an invitation to you, your staff and students to participate in our upcoming biennial conference "New Pathways: The Role of the Japanese Garden for the Society and Self,"  October 16 - 18, 2014 at the Chicago, Botanic Garden.  The three-day conference will feature workshops and lectures on Japanese garden design and maintenance, horticulture, garden history, business practices, education and cultural programming, and health and wellness.  Members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) can also earn Continuing Education Units from selected sessions in the conference. You may go to the Design and Horticulture page to learn more about these CEU-eligible sessions.

Our lecturers and workshops instructors include the following top Japanese garden designers and scholars from North America as well as Japan and the United Kingdom:

    • Mr. Hoichi Kurisu   (USA)
    • Dr. David Slawson  (USA)
    • Mr. Sadafumi Uchiyama, Portland Japanese Garden (USA)
    • Dr. Tomoki Kato - President, Ueyakato Landscape Co. Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan)
    • Dr. Takahiro Naka - Professor, Kyoto University of Art & Design's Department of Historical Heritage (Japan)
    • Dr. Makoto Suzuki - Director, Tokyo University of Agriculture's Tokyo Nodai Center for International Japanese Garden Studies (Japan)  
    • Mr. Graham Hardman - Honorary Vice President, Japanese Garden Society (United Kingdom)
    • Dr. Jill Raggett - Reader in Gardens and Designed Landscapes, Writtle College (United Kingdom)

Conference pre-registration is recommended but on-site and one-day registrations are also available.  

Recent and archived events

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches, an exhibition of visual research by architect Mathias Heyden and artist Ines Schaber. Focusing on the work of seven U.S.-based community design architects and planners and their projects (LDA's own professor Michael Rios), the exhibition presents the findings of a multi-year research project funded by the Graham Foundation.

UCD LDA students and Professor Wheeler hosted visiting Chinese students in a charrette to design a sustainable UC Davis project

Brett Snyder (Design Department) and Claire Napawan (Human Ecology Department) participated this past month on a team collaboration for reinventing the New York City payphone competition. Their team's proposal: Smart Sidewalks: Thinfrastructure for the 21st Century was announced this week as one of the 6 selected finalists out of over 100 international entries. Smart Sidewalks is driven by two competing aims: to pack as much function into a single device as possible and to reduce the phonebooth's footprint. "Everything" -- communication, sustainability, and wayfinding is squeezed into "nothing" -- a 6" wide interactive strip that folds up from the sidewalk.

For more information on the call for entries: http://www.reinventpayphones.splashthat.com

For a video of Smart Sidewalks design entry: http://vimeo.com/59885076

To help support our project for the People's Choice Award: Facebook.com/nycgov 'Like' the NYC Gov. page to cast your vote for Smart Sidewalks.

The UC Davis Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design is pleased to announce the screening of WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West as the subject of its annual Robert L. Thayer Lecture on April 18 at 6:30pm in 100 Hunt Hall. Executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Decena, WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers inspiring solutions from stakeholders who are striving to create a new environmental ethic. A speakers' panel moderated by Professor Thayer and featuring Mr. Decena and key UCD faculty will follow the film. Reception begins prior to the screening at 5:30pm in the Hunt Hall lobby. More information about the film is available here.

Over the summer Emeritus professor Dean MacCannell gave a lecture on the UCD campus about how to make the most of your travel: wise tourism. He will be giving his lecture again at UC Berkeley on 9/28/12.

Our students and alumni participated in the 2011 E Street Park(ing) Day in Davis (articles in the Davis Enterprise, the Davis Voice, California Aggie), as well as in PARK(ing) Day 2007 in San Francisco: On September 21, 2007, recent graduates from the UC Davis Landscape Architecture program created an installation challenging people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforcing the need for urban open space. See our alumni photos here! Conceived by REBAR, a San Francisco-based art collective, PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public parks. For more information, visit the PARK(ing) Day 2007 web site.

UCD ASLA's 2012 professionals dinner and 4th annual Thayer lecture was held in April. An abbreviated movie of the event's speaker, ASLA President Susan Hatchell, is here.

LDA professor, David de la Pena, spoke at the upcoming symposium at UC Berkeley, "Adaptive Metropolis", on 9/27-29/2013.

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches, an exhibition of visual research by architect Mathias Heyden and artist Ines Schaber. Focusing on the work of seven U.S.-based community design architects and planners and their projects (LDA's own professor Michael Rios), the exhibition presents the findings of a multi-year research project funded by the Graham Foundation.

Environmental Lecture on Earth Day! Professor Stephen Wheeler will lecture on sustainable development on Wednesday, April 22 at 6-7pm in Wellman 26. ASUCD ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND PLANNING COMMISSION Professor Michael Rios will be speaking about "Health, Community Design, and the Architecture of Collective Action" at Washington University in St. Louis on 3/17/09. Professor Stephen Wheeler has received the 2009 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. This award is given annually by Cal Poly Pomona to one planning scholar and one practitioner, who receive awards of $5,000 each and participate in two days of symposia, class presentations, and dialogue with students. The practitioner this year is Gail Goldberg, Planning Director for the City of Los Angeles and former Planning Director for the City of San Diego. The theme this year is "The Future of California's Communities and Regions in an Era of Resource Constraints and Climate Change."  Professor Patsy Owens's students' Youtube documentary of the design collaboration between Grant High School and UCD for the Grant High School campus landscape.

Professor Michael Rios was a featured speaker at "Community Design: Involvement and Architecture in the U.S. since 1963", a design symposium co-sponsored by An Architektur and Art Transponder in Berlin, Germany. The symposium also included a retrospective exhibit of US community design practice since the civil rights movement. The up-coming issue of An Architektur will feature an interview with Professor Rios. 

On display during May 2008 at Gallery625 in Woodland, CA: Professor Stephen Wheeler's LDA 180/181G students were asked to identify planning and design strategies that could help Yolo County and its communities adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These ideas are showcased in mixed media presentation boards that illustrate concepts ranging from green roofs to transit-oriented development.

Hunt Hall courtyard garden plot design competiton winners for 2011! To coincide with Picnic Day.

Join UCD LDA professor Michael Rios at TRANSCULTURAL CITIES: February 11-13, 2011: An interdisciplinary symposium focusing on placemaking and cross-cultural understanding in the contemporary built environment.

2011 ASLA Sierra Chapter professional design awards banquet: 4/22 at UCD: three of our majors won!

Two teams of 2010-2011 LDA majors (team one and team two) created installations for Cornerstone gardens in Sonoma, just as they did in 2003.

Gary Strang was our 2010 commencement speaker.

Tyler Eash, UC Davis landscape architecture student, and UC Davis students Chan Saetern and Christa Ogier developed a short performance work. The work was a result of research in body manipulation/pathways and architectural theory applied to the body. More poetically the idea of attachment vs collection and weight was applied with images of romance, lust, and emotionally evocative solo works. The event is on the 4th and 5th of June, at 8:00pm Mainstage UC Davis Campus, Davis, CA

The 2011 ASLA Professionals' Dinner was at Cornerstone in Sonoma on May 13! Click here for photos from the 2010 dinner as well as the 2009 and 2008 events. A video of the 2011 dinner's lecture, by Anna Halprin, is here.

LDA hosted our 3rd annual Robert L. Thayer lecture on 4/15/11 featuring Alex Gilliam. .mp4 video is here!

LDA hosted our 2nd annual Robert L. Thayer lecture on 4/16/10 featuring Peter Zweig and our own Heath Massey Schenker. Photos of the talk and also the T-square march the next morning are here!

Dr. Frederick Steiner, Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas in Austin, delivered the first Robert L. Thayer lecture, in commemoration of UCD Landscape Architecture's new home in the renovated Hunt Hall. The Davis Enterprise has an article about the lecture.

St. Martin's Episcopal Church is building a concrete and granite-resin labyrinth just over 42 ft in diameter, Chartres pattern with 11 circuits. It is in an outside location and will be surrounded by a garden setting when the entire project is complete. Master labyrinth designer and expert Robert Ferré from Labyrinth Enterprises in St. Louis is coming to direct the application of the granite resin on the concrete. Robert Ferré will be giving a public lecture on labyrinths and their designs and uses (including some sacred geometry) on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6 - 7 p.m. at St. Martin's church, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. I thought perhaps either you or some of the students in your programs would be interested in attending the public lecture and/or coming to see the work being done from Nov. 3 - 8th on the labyrinth. The lecture is free and open to the public. On Wednesday, November 4, from 6 - 7 p.m., master labyrinth designer Robert Ferré will give a public lecture on labyrinth design and uses as well as sacred geometry at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, in Davis. Different from a maze, which has multiple pathways and dead ends, a labyrinth is a single path with many turns designed for contemplation, prayer, and meditation. Owner of Labyrinth Enterprises in St. Louis, Ferré will be in Davis for over a week directing the design of St. Martin's new concrete and granite-resin labyrinth. Ferré's talk is free and open to the public. St. Martin's also invites all in the community to enjoy and use the new labyrinth once it is complete.

We've posted pictures of the events LDA has hosted in Hunt Hall during 2009!

UCD Landscape Architecture is the co-organizer of the International Symposium on Open Public Urban Space (OPUS) in Norway, June 26 - 29, 2008.

Attend the GreenSpot Annual Workshop on Sustainable Development!

Students! Be sure to check out the Wayne Grace Memorial Student Design Competition.

Landscape Architecture's guest speaker Rachel Evans Lloyd presented on 10/10/08 during the campus centenniel celebration. A 100mb Quicktime .mov file is available here.

LDA alumni and current affiliates celebrated our private Homecoming game tailgate party on October 11, 2008!

ESRI seminars

UCD Internship & Career Fairs

The John Muir Institute of the Environment's 2008 Environmental Solutions Series: Climate Change: Solutions and Implementation

Bringing together innovation, design, and sustainability, the UC Davis Design Museum and the Department of Landscape Architecture, in association with the Great Valley Center and the Sustainable Transportation Center present GreenStop -- highlights from an international design competition challenging architects and designers to create an off-the-grid, sustainable rest area near Tipton on California Highway 99.  Davis Enterprise article on the exhibition is available as a PDF here.

Focus the Nation: UC Davis as well as other universities, schools and civic organizations participated in Focus the Nation, a daylong educational initiative to explore climate change solutions. At UC Davis, events included: seminars on topics ranging from energy efficiency to spiritual life; an idea fair; a climate change cultural showcase; tours of eco-friendly sites on campus; and a World of Ideas Café, in which Freeborn Hall was transformed into an "ideas convention" where teams advocated for climate change solutions. Learn more >>

Landscape Architect Registration Examination Preparatory Courses

Jan. 11-13, 2008: Freeman & Jewell Landscape Architecture is once again offering our popular series of preparatory courses for candidates taking the Landscape Architect Registration Examination. These courses have attracted students from all over California as well as eight other western states and British Columbia.  UCD Landscape Architecture also hosted our own LARE prep course in Walker Hall on 11/8/08. Thank you to all who attended.

Cultivated celebrates art inspired by landscape architecture and design. Held in conjunction with the annual ASLA conference, last year's gathering took place in San Francisco, "bringing to light" various forms of appreciation and expression of landscape. October 6th 2007 San Francisco, CA.

2-Day Workshop: Remodeling Design Activism @ Berkeley CED, 2/2/07

UC Davis Landscape Architecture Program and Design Museum host drawings and photographs by Spanish urban planner Ildefons Cerda (The California Aggie, September 28, 2006)

Design's Diaspora: a symposium held in 2005 by Landscape Architecture at UC Davis.