Category Archives: Landscape Architecture

Driving Change with Landscape Architecture

Longtime professor, mentor, and leader in the Twin Cities design community Joe Favour (B.L.A. ’92) began his appointment as head of the Department of Landscape Architecture this June. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on balancing teaching with practice, making design relevant to a broader audience, and identifying the most meaningful opportunities for the Department of Landscape Architecture. How […]

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Imagining Totalscape: May Term in Japan

A group of architecture and landscape architecture students spent May session exploring how their disciplines intersect along the Tokaido corridor. Led by Blaine Brownell (Architecture) and Rebecca Krinke (Landscape), the traveling studio analyzed the “totalscapes” of eastern Japan through site visits, photography, sketches, and cultural immersion. Read on for observations and reflections by students on the trip; or explore the full archive on […]

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Tables of the Lakes Spark Conversations About Water

Forget coffee table books. Graduate student Kevin Tousignant (Landscape Architecture) builds tables that are conversation starters in their own right! Tables of the Lakes began as a yearning to see his designs come to life. “An unfortunate part of being a landscape architecture or architecture student is accepting the fact that you’ll be producing an incredible amount of work that […]

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You’re Invited: Final Reviews, Receptions, and Events

Join students, faculty, and staff at the College of Design for final presentations and receptions showcasing design projects and research from our various disciplines. Events will take place on the University of Minnesota East Bank and St. Paul campuses. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates, photos, and videos. April 27 – May 3 | Master of Fine […]

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Boots on the Ground: Design Community Outreach

Update: April 28, 2016 My experience with the RA in Practice program, watching it energize people and grow to take on a life of its own, has reinforced to me the idea that collaboration inspires, empowers, and facilitates accomplishment. As a current student in the College of Design and former RA in Practice, the experiences I’ve had have been invaluable […]

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New Mappings: Emotional Cartography

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of our Department of Landscape Architecture. To celebrate, we’re highlighting work by our students, faculty, and alumni that represent the future and history of the department. In an increasingly digital world, it’s easy to lose our sense of place. Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) works with community engagement and public art to explore connections between land, […]

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Center for Sustainable Building Research Joins National Resilience Initiative

The American Institute of Architects Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, announced that they have selected our Center for Sustainable Building Research as the upper Midwest hub of the National Resilience Initiative (NRI) network. Established in 2013 as a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, the NRI network consists of six university-based […]

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A Pathway to the National Park Service

As an undergraduate, Shannon Sawyer (MLA ‘15, BED ’13) loved to study design history and cultural landscapes, but didn’t make a connection to a career with the National Park Service (NPS) until she began her graduate studies. “The summer after my second year of the MLA program, I interned at Mount Rainier National Park. That solidified it: I was hooked. […]

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Maria Baker (BArch & BED ’93) Nominated for Emmy in Outstanding Production Design

Maria Baker (BArch & BED ’93) received an Emmy nomination for art directing the Amazon television series Transparent. In the midst of her design coursework, Baker found her passion in a different kind of studio. “In my final year of school I visited a film set that a friend was working on. I realized that designing for film was very […]

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Planting Annuals and Pitching Ideas

Veronica Prickel’s (Landscape Architecture) first trip to Como Zoo Park and Conservatory was for an internship interview. Her second was her first day as a member of their horticulture intern team, where she spent the summer expanding her understanding of of landscape design. “I almost wish I’d done an internship earlier!” she said. “I learned so many little things, like […]

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