St. Croix cultural landscape design studio

Building on the 5-year partnership between the National Parks Service and Rutgers Dept. of Landscaper Architecture, during the 2015 spring semester our graduate and undergraduate students explored cultural design on a site in Christiansted, St. Croix, commemorating the transatlantic slave trade. View below the community based design process that the studio followed.

Rutgers Landscape Architecture ranks among top for undergraduate education in the East

According to the 2015 Design Intelligence rankings, Rutgers ranks fourth among undergraduate landscape architecture programs in the East. This includes the states of Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

We are also very pleased to announce that Dr. Laura Lawson, professor and chair of the department, is listed as one of the "Thirty Most Admired Educators for 2015." Of the thirty, she is the only person from a department of landscape architecture. The recognition reflects the entire department's ongoing commitment to build a nationally and internationally recognized program.

LA Dept. 2015 Spring Common Lectures

All common lectures are in Rm. 110 Cook Douglass Lecture Hall @ 4 PM unless noted.


Congratulations to Our 2015 ASLA Award Winners

Honor Awards, Graduate: Han Yan
Honor Award, Undergraduate: Theresa Hyslop and Angela Johnsen,
Merit Award, Graduate: Jennifer Burkhalter
Merit Awards, Undergraduate: Theodore Aretakis and Jacob DeBoer

Also to be congratulated, the 2015 Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholars for New Jersey:
Graduate: Han Yan
Undergraduate: Ellen Gallagher

LAYER 2013

2014-2015 Dept. Work

LAYER is our end-of-year review of faculty and student work. View the 100 page PDF document (45MBs).

For a smaller sample of this year's student
work look at Contour Lines magazine, our biannual student publication. Contour highlights examples of student work and also describes departmental research and activities. This publication provides an overview of our design approach and the department's engagement with professional practice and community work.

(Link here for 2013's Layer)
(Link here for 2012's Layer)

LAYER 2013

Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES)

For over 6 years CUES has developed a unique interdisciplinary partnership between the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sciences. The Center supports students and faculty to engage in design, research and outreach that improves New Jersey’s Urban Environment.

CUES partners with public and non-profit organizations to provide scientific, design, and engineering expertise to address urban environmental questions. The CUES mission is to bring the knowledge available through Rutgers, The State University out into the communities of New Jersey.
CUES welcomes active participation and partnership by interested students and faculty. Please visit CUES. for project and contact information.

"The Roy H. DeBoer Endowed Scholarship in Landscape Architecture" and "The Bruce “Doc” Hamilton Endowed Scholarship in Landscape Architecture"

These two funds were established in honor of our two long-time professors, Roy H. DeBoer and Bruce “Doc” Hamilton, for their pioneering excellence in the field of landscape architecture, their positive and profound impact on students, and their dedication to Rutgers Education. The funds will support undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Landscape Architecture who have excelled academically and have shown innovation in their work and dedication to the profession of landscape architecture.

To contribute to either of these funds start at Rutgers University Foundation donation site.

Environmental Planning and Design Curriculum Reform Approved by SEBS Academic Forum

The SEBS Academic Forum approved the curriculum reform for the Major BS Environmental Planning and Design. This reform is a consequence of the introduction of the BS Landscape Architecture; the first BSLA class will graduate this spring.

Although we now have two majors, the collaboration between Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning has increased. For examples, both share now a list of core courses. This will make the transition between options easier and will allow students to make informed decisions between one of the EP&D options and the BSLA after the fall of the sophomore year.

The entering EP&D students have the choice to follow the current curriculum or select the 2014 version. All current EP&D sophomores, juniors and seniors will complete their program following the old curriculum.

In Memoriam

Roy H. DeBoer

Roy H. DeBoer
May 7, 1933 - March 17, 2014

Roy H. DeBoer, LLA, Professor Emeritus, founder of Rutgers Landscape Architecture Program, age 80, died on Monday, March 17, 2014, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick.



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