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From the Head

One of the joys of being a professor here at Illinois is watching the growth and development of our students over the years. In a couple of weeks, our outstanding Senior class will be graduating. Three of them will be heading to Harvard and another to Penn to complete their MLAs. Among our seniors and graduating MLA students, we have people joining Sasaki Associates, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Site Design Group. What a delight it is to see our students develop and prosper.

One of the most exciting things we’ve done this year is to hire a new assistant professor — our very own Conor O’Shea (BLA, 2007). Read more.


Sasaki Day 2016

The Department of Landscape Architecture is pleased to announce that this year's Sasaki Day Lecture will be delivered by Paris-based designer Michel Péna.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 4, for a full day of events including an exhibition of student work, a panel discussion, the annual Sasaki Day Awards Competition, the Sasaki Day Lecture, and more! Read more.


Undergraduate Site Design Studio in New York

Earlier this month, students in the sophomore undergraduate Site Design studio took a field trip to New York City led by Visiting Designer-in-Residence Julia Kim and Ph.D. candidate Tum Suppakitpaisarn.

Read more.


Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Pictured left, master's student Scott Douglas presenting at this year's Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture conference at Utah State University.

Among those who participated:
Department Head William C. Sullivan
Assistant Department Head Carol Emmerling-DiNovo
Professor M. Elen Deming
Professor Amita Sinha
Assistant Professor and MLA Chair Mary Pat McGuire
Designer in Residence Danika Cooper
Ph.D. candidate Dongying Li
Ph.D. candidate Pongsakorn Suppakittpaisarn
Ph.D. candidate Fatemeh Saeidi-Rizi
Master's student Scott Douglas
Master's student Mamata Guragain
Master's student Heena Gajjar
Master's student Rose Schmillen
Master's student Jiajing Chen

Read more.


Illinois Chapter ASLA Awards

Congratulations to our student winners of this year's Illinois ASLA Honor and Merit Awards!

IL-ASLA Student Honor Award for "Movement: Revitalizing Danville Downtown and Reclaiming the Vermilion Riverfront," by Haoyang Li, Yaxuan Shi, Yiqi Deng, Suke Yao, Yiliang Zhang, and Yun Huang.
IL-ASLA Student Merit Award for "Memorial to Mining: A Danville Story," by Yini Chen and Yiliang Zhang.
IL-ASLA Student Merit Award for "Underground Agriculture," by Qingyi Zhao.
Learn more about the ILASLA Celebration+ Awards Program.


Career Fair

The 2016 Department of Landscape Architecture Career Fair and Professional Development Workshop took place at the Morton Arboretum this year. Students were able to discuss portfolios and career opportunities with 19 firms from the Chicago area. Read more.


Imagining the Illinois Campus: 2017-2067

The 2016 Charrette kicked off with an orientation session for team leaders and other participants led by students in Danika Cooper's spring design workshop, "On Purpose." Department Head Bill Sullivan and Acting Provost Edward Feser also offered framing talks about pedagogical, technological, environmental, and economic trends impacting the University of Illinois as significant challenges and major opportunities. Read more.

Pictured left, BLA student Nandia Dashdondog.


Research Findings Draw Attention

New research findings by Ph.D. candidate Dongying Li are getting immediate attention in both academic and popular media. Li's article "Impact of Views to School Landscapes on Recovery from Stress and Mental Fatigue," co-authored with Bill Sullivan, was published in the print edition of Landscape and Urban Planning this April and is now available online.


Excellent Opportunities for Recent Graduates

Congratulations to these 2015 University of Illinois graduate students who were recently placed at top firms:

Yue Zhang has joined Smithgroup/JJR in Chicago.
Qianyu Li was hired by Michael Boucher, Portland Maine in early fall.
With multiple offers, Xinnan Jiang was just hired by Kate Orff [Scape], NYC.


Departmental Communications

Alumni and friends: Have you updated your contact information with us? 

  • If we’re still sending mail to your parents’ house, you disconnected your landline, your office has moved or we still have a UI email address for you, please update us! We are a small group, we landscape alumni – only 1675 strong! 
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  • Ever in CU? Come by Temple Buell and visit! Did you have studio in the old houses on Nevada? Then, things HAVE changed. We’d love to see you – really.  Let us know you are coming and we will organize a tour for just you or your whole group. 
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Staying connected keeps our program vital and strong. You learn from us, we learn from you.


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