Foreground/NOW by Mary Pat McGuire

Mary Pat McGuire, an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, has been mapping the sand deposits underneath Chicago to make better use of the city's geology and the natural drainage systems that can more efficiently manage storm water than human-built structures. Uncovering the environmental systems that urbanization has hidden is the ongoing work of her research studio Water Lab.


Landscape architecture entry for the Sesquicentennial Design Competition by Luxi Yang, Tao Luo, Qingyuan Zhou, Mingda Zhang, and Longhuan Xu

Landscape Architecture

The Department of Landscape Architecture is rated nationally among the top 15 programs, has the only undergraduate degree of its kind in Illinois, and offers one of the only PhD programs in the country. Students learn a multidisciplinary approach to the profession involving new media, environmental management, urban planning, and history.

  • BLA program
  • MLA program
  • PhD program

Major: Landscape Architecture

Minors: Landscape Studies, Cultural Heritage

Bridgette Moen
Class of2014

"The college and the department encourage students to perform to their full potential, innovate, and explore new ideas."

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