HEADLINES  (scroll down for faculty news, departmental news):

LDA professor, Brett Milligan, and LDA lecturer, Marq Truscott, and students, are featured in the spring 2015 CA&ES Outlook magazine.

LDA professor, Stephen Wheeler, will receive an award on March 25, at the UC Davis Conference Center, at the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) 4th California Climate Change and Agriculture Summit.

The Center for Regional Change and its director, Jonathan London, are the recipients of a Random Kindness Community Resilience Award from Breakthrough Communities Project in Oakland. London is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology. The award presentation took place during the center’s recent forum: Making Data Matter, which served as a book lunch event for What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's Communities, a new publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute. London and others at the center for Regional Change wrote one of the book’s chapters, “Putting Data Into Action for Regional Equity in California's San Joaquin Valley.” Breakthrough Communities co-founder Carl Anthony gave the forum’s keynote — and took the opportunity to present the award. The Center for Regional Change is a  catalyst for multidisciplinary and action-oriented research that informs efforts to build healthy, prosperous, equitable and sustainable regions.

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!

Students develop design concepts for amphitheater in Arboretum

New Sustainable Environmental Design major approved -- students can declare now

UC Davis administration has given final approval for the new Sustainable Environmental Design (SED) major, which is intended to build skills related to the creation of sustainable communities and landscapes.

The major will be co-housed with Landscape Architecture in our own Department of Human Ecology, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science.

SED students will gain basic skills in urban and environmental design, local government planning, and green building. They will also learn about sustainable development theory and community dynamics.

“The Sustainable Environmental Design major will further UC Davis’ goal of providing cutting-edge sustainability education to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century,” said then-department Chair, Patsy Eubanks Owens.

With this degree, graduates will be well suited to work in government, community organizations, education, or the private sector, or to pursue graduate education in city and regional planning, landscape architecture, architecture, public policy, public administration, real estate, or related fields.

Students can declare the SED major now. Preparatory subject matter includes LDA 3 “Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice”.

For more information regarding major requirements and course availability, please visit the Sustainable Environmental Design Undergraduate Advisor, Sharla Cheney, in 135 Hunt Hall or email scheney@ucdavis.edu.

Our Changing Climate - UCHRI Grant Funded Project
The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) has recently awarded co-PI's N. Claire Napawan and Sheryl-Ann Simpson (Department of
Human Ecology) with a Community Partnerships Grant for 2014-15 to explore resilience networks with Oakland community youth. The project, entitled Our
Changing Climate, addresses the need for local perspectives by leveraging social network and digital media tools to establish a digital community network to 1.
Provide community members with the ability to better visualize the direct impacts of climate change within their immediate surroundings; 2. Create
opportunities to contribute images and narratives to community-generated neighborhood resilience mapping; and 3. Encourage communities to participate in
on-going local conversations about climate change resilience. For more information contact: ncnapawan@ucdavis.edu or ssimpson@ucdavis.edu

City Sink / Sync City - SXSW Semi-Finalist
Through a unique collaboration between the City of San Jose and environmental designers N. Claire Napawan (Department of Human Ecology) and Brett Snyder
(Department of Design), a public art initiative is underway. The aim is simple: to address issues surrounding wastewater infrastructure that contribute to
sanitary sewer overflows. The realities are complex however and span from the kitchen to the bay encompassing daily rituals, cooking and cleaning habits, and
a variety of ages, cultures, and backgrounds. The project is a 2014 Place by Design Semi-Finalist for the SouthbySouthwest (SXSW) Eco Competition. Links to
more information:

#SFOPENCITY - Selected Artists for San Francisco's Open City Festival
N. Claire Napawan (Department of Human Ecology) and Brett Snyder  (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 on Saturday, October 4. 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. Please check out their Instagram/Twitter feeds: @sf_opencity and learn more about the event at the following links:

LDA majors volunteer at the UC Davis Arboretum!

LDA professor, Steve Wheeler, recently traveled to Maine to present the city of Portland with ideas for sustainable neighborhood planning activities, in conjunction with the Urban Sustainability Accelerator based at Portland State University in Oregon. A PDF of the project is available here. Three local Maine newspapers did articles here, here and here.

The UCD Academic Federation’s 41st annual James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award has been rewarded to our own Professor Jeff Loux!

The California Aggie is doing a new series called "You're Majoring in What?", highlighting UCD's lesser-known majors and the latest installment is about landscape architecture featuring an interview with senior, Amie Patel!

Professor Wheeler's winter 2013 seminar, Creative Responses to Climate Change, is profiled in this article by the UC Davis Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

2012 alumna, Liana Ramos, has had her senior project featured on ASLA's The Field website. Way to go, Liana!

The UCD Aggie newspaper has written an article on our 2011 seniors and their graduation projects.

2012 Hunt Hall Picnic Day courtyard garden plots! Images 1 2 3 4 5

PhD in Geography/Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design: a Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design (LAED) concentration in the UCD Geography Graduate Group.

Landscape Architecture is named one of Outside magazine's 50 best jobs.

U.S. News and World Report again picks Landscape Architecture as one of thirty careers 'that offer strong outlooks and high job satisfaction.' Architects, on the other hand, are 'overrated'.

U.S. News & World Report rates Landscape Architecture as a strong career choice in 2008.  Using both quantitative and qualitative criteria to pick from hundreds of careers, Landscape Architecture was selected by U.S. News as one of 31 best choices in 2008. The highly regarded national magazine narrowed its search by focusing on professions that offer outstanding opportunities based on job satisfaction, training difficulty, prestige, job market outlook and pay. Read more>>

Program profiled in Landscape Architecture and Specifier News:

The UC Davis Landscape Architecture Program was profiled in the October issue of Landscape Architecture and Specifier News (LASN). The article featured three of our graduating students' senior research projects and talked about the unique strengths of our program as the only accredited undergraduate Landscape Architecture degree in the UC system. Read the profile >>

Since 2001, UCD Landscape Architecture has offered an exchange program with the University of Stavanger, Norway: read about it it here!



LDA professor Claire Napawan was a recipient of the Hellman Foundation Fellowship in 2011, which contributes to her study of the role of landscape design in climate change adaptation strategies in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also received a Faculty Development Award from the University of California, Davis in 2012 to support her investigation of urban agriculture in San Francisco. This research examines the multi-productive role of urban farms to produce food, manage urban resources, and provide unique public open spaces. She presented some of that work in Winter 2012 quarter in her LDA190 proseminar lecture series: Food & the Built Environment. This also integrates with her current efforts to provide master gardener training material for design of edible landscapes in collaboration with the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH).

LDA professor Michael Rios has published a new book, Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities (Routledge), co-edited with Leonardo Vazquez, which takes note of how Latinos are shaping urban, suburban, and rural places, and considers how the growing cultural diversity in regions, cities, and towns, both challenges and offers insight into placemaking practices in an increasingly multi-ethnic world.

Dr. Jeff Loux, Adjunct Faculty, will be leading his Summer Abroad course, Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe, for the 5th year through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland this summer from July 18-August 16, 2012. The class focuses on viewing sustainable urban practices “on the ground” in transportation/mobility, land use, urban design, energy, solid waste, water and wastewater, green building, and open space and “greening.” The course is conducted primarily on foot, train and bicycle. It is open to undergrads and grad students from any related discipline and includes students from universities across the country as well as UCD.

Dr. Jeff Loux, Adjunct Faculty, recently published his second book entitled, The Open Space and Land Conservation Handbook, with Solano Press Books (2011). it provides tools and techniques for all forms of land preservation at all scales. It is available in book form and also as an electronic book on Kindle.

Dr. Jeff Loux, was recently selected as the Chair of the Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at UC Davis Extension, where he holds his dual appointment. Jeff’s department includes Viticulture and Enology courses, Forensics Science master’s degree program, Environmental Health and Safety courses, Sustainable Studies courses, and the Land Use and Natural Resources program that Jeff directs.

Dr. Jeff Loux, Adjunct Faculty, and his Land Use and Natural Resources Extension program, was the recent recipient of a prestigious Honor Award from the American Planning Association for Excellence in Education and Leadership at the California APA’s annual conference in Santa Barbara, California in November 2011.

In Winter 2012 Prof. Wheeler taught a well-received First-Year Seminar on the topic of Creative Responses to Climate Change, in which students prepared original artwork, videos, songs, and poetry intended to respond to the climate challenge & help communicate sustainability strategies.

Prof. Wheeler's Winter 2012 Regenerative Landscapes studio (LDA 181 I) developed proposals for creating a Sustainable Living Learning Community in the Orchard Park Drive area at the west of the central UCD campus (the area including the Domes, the Student Farm, and the soon-to-be-redeveloped Orchard Park graduate student housing). Students developed specific design strategies to implement general principles developed by a campus task force last spring headed by Assistant Vice Chancellor Bob Segar.

In April 2012 Prof. Wheeler's new book, Climate Change and Social Ecology: A New Perspective on the Climate Challenge, was published by Routledge. According to well-known sustainability author Timothy Beatley, this is "an important book with a powerful message: essential reading for citizens and public officials alike as we face the challenge of our time." According to Rhonda Phillips, Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Arizona State Global Institute of Sustainability, "Once in a while, something really worthwhile emerges. This is it. Offering a provocative look at the role of social evolution in climate change, Wheeler challenges us to shape social ecology towards sustainability."

LDA professor Michael Rios's recent class has produced "A Citizen's Guide to South Sacramento", which is profiled here.  The Davis Enterprise has a nice article on Mark Francis's retirement and some of his contributions to the town. Bon voyage to Norway!  1991 LDA alumna and Winter 2010 LDA 191 lecturer, Monica Perrone, is profiled in the Oakdale Leader newspaper.   UC Davis Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate student Susan Finlayson and Professor Mark Francis of the Department of Environmental Design have partnered with the City of Sacramento's Parks and Recreation Department to identify land for new community gardens. The project with the City's Community Gardens Coordinator Bill Maynard focuses on city owned properties that could be developed to include productive gardens. The final report will serve as a resource for the city and community groups interested in starting new community gardens in Sacramento.  Melodramatic Landscapes: Urban Parks in the Nineteenth Century by Heath Massey Schenker. Landscape Architecture professor Heath Schenker's handsome new book explores how and why prototypical park landscapes -- characterized by groves of trees, expanses of mowed meadow, man-made lakes and meandering paths -- became the norm in the midst of modernizing industrial cities in the 19th century. The book focuses on iconic parks in Paris, New York and Mexico City. (University of Virginia Press, December 2009)
Adjunct professor Jeff Loux appeared on Good Morning America in a story about Germany's "Green City of the Future", while leading a summer school class in Europe. Jeff has also recently been appointed Chair of the Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources division of UC Davis Extension!

Professor Michael Rios will be hosting a webinar on urban design; miroity populations and social equity; sustainability, policy, planning and politics; and professional development on 9/1/7/09.

May 6, 2009 -- LDA professors Patsy Owens and Michael Rios have received $1 million from Sierra Health Foundation and The California Endowment for an ambitious two-year study that will yield recommendations for boosting the region's vitality by investing in its youth.

Assistant Professor Stephen Wheeler provides comment on the future of sustainable communities in the August 2008 issue of the "California Planning and Development Report".

Loren Oki, Cooperative Extension Specialist, quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article on water conservation.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation has published a series of online case studies based on the case study method developed for LAF by Professor Mark Francis.   Mark's method was also used to develop a series of case studies for the Sustainable Sites Initiative sponsored by ASLA, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the U. S. Botanic Garden and for a new book "European Landscape Architecture" by Ian Thompson.

Professor Stephen Wheeler cited in Austin American-Statesman in an article on green-minded living.

Congratulations to Steve McNiel and Michael Fotheringham for receiving ASUCD Excellence in Education Awards!  These awards are bestowed upon professors, lecturers, or instructors who most strongly contribute to the educational experiences of undergraduates.  The Associated Students of University of California, Davis (ASUCD) received over 300 nominations from students for various professors on campus.  Awardees are determined based on the quality and quantity of student nominations.  Nominations are voluntary.

Prof. Mark Francis & LDA 181M students help design Sacramento's proposed Gold Rush Park (other articles here and here). Our own webpage about it is here.



The Landscape Architecture Department is always looking for students with work-study (ask UCD Financial Aid Office if you can qualify) for classroom assistants, TAs, readers, peer advisors, etc. We can sometimes offer you units in lieu of salary, as well.

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LDA senior and resident ASLA president, Barbara Nazarewicz, has been profiled by the UCD Aggie.

LDA lecturer, Elizabeth Boults's, 191 class are featured the the SF Chronicle about their project to improve Washington Square Park!

Congratulations to Kim Chacon, 2007 Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarship recipient! Here is a picture of Kim at the ceremony with LDA Professor, Mark Francis, LDA Advisor, Sharla Harrington, and LDA Chair, Steve McNiel.

Graduate Study opportunities in LDA

UCD alumna, Liesel Fenner (LDA 1998), receives National Park Service Award for work on Public Art Program

UC Davis Extension offers courses in Landscape Management to students, alumni and community members - Classes are taught by UC Davis faculty and leading industry experts, bringing to each course the latest practical applications, research and cutting edge information.

Landscape Architecture Students Stand and Deliver. It isn't easy to get into the Landscape Architecture Program at UC Davis, and it's even harder to get out. In an annual rite of passage, all graduating seniors present projects that are the culmination of two quarters of intensive effort and extensive review.

Two UCD LDA students have won the Diablo Women's Garden Club scholarship!