Feb 20
1:00PM to 4:30PM
DB Atrium
BSLA Career Fair

2:30 - 3:30 pm | BSLA Senior & 3rd Year MLA
3:30 - 4:30 pm | BSLA Junior & 2nd Year MLA
4:30 - 5:30 pm | BSLA Sophomore, 1st Year MLA, & follow up conversations

Firms include: Place AllianceDan GordonCDM Smith,Landscape AmericaGround EffectsMichael S. Coffin, &Paragon Landscape

Feb 20
4:30PM to 5:30PM
DB 170
Zube Lecture - Alvaro Huerta

Dr. Alvaro Huerta on the right with Latino Gardeners by Ed Carreon-2009 copy

Latinx Immigrants, Xenophobia, and Planning History: From the Late 1800s to the Present

Dr. Alvaro Huerta holds a joint faculty appointment in Urban & Region Planning (URP) and Ethnic & Women’s Studies (EWS) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He’s the first Chicano tenure-track faculty in 50 years at URP. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Huerta teaches and conducts research on the intersecting domains of community & economic development, Chicana/o & Latina/o studies, immigration & Mexican diaspora, social movements, social networks and the informal economy. Among other scholarly publications, he’s the author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm. While born in the U.S., he was raised in a Mexican slum (Colonia Libertad in Tijuana, Baja California) and violent U.S. barrio (Ramona Gardens housing project or Big Hazard projects in Boyle Heights). He holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley—one of the first Chicanos to do so. He also holds an M.A. in urban planning and a B.A. in history—both from UCLA.

Mar 4
9:00AM to 11:00AM
DB Atrium
BSLA Junior Mid Term Presentation

Site Planning for Housing: Creating Community
Instructor: Frank Sleegers

Mar 4
11:30AM to 1:30PM
DB 170
BSLA Senior Mid Term Presentation

Park Design in Boston
Instructor: Ethan Carr

Mar 4
2:00PM to 5:15PM
DB Atrium
BSLA Sophomore Mid Term Presentation

Planting Design at the Honors College
Instructor: Patricia McGirr

Mar 5
9:00AM to 11:30AM
DB 170
MLA 2 Mid term presentation

Healthy Placemaking: Revitalizing Springfield's Medical District
Instructor: Michael DiPasquale

Mar 5
9:00AM to 3:00PM
DB 170
Admitted Grad Student Open House

Meet with Program Directors @ 11:30am at the Design Building Cafe

MLA Contact: Ethan Carr, Frank Sleegers
MRP Contact: Mark Hamin

You are also invited to the studio presentations:

  • 9:00 - 11:30 am | DB 170
    Healthy Placemaking: Revitalizing Springfield’s Medical District
    LA 607 2nd Year MLA
    Instructor: Michael Di Pasquale 
  • 12:30 - 3:00 pm | DB 170/Atrium
    Residential Garden Design
    LA 503 1st Year MLA
    Instructor: Mike Davidsohn 


Mar 5
12:30PM to 3:00PM
DB Atrium
MLA 1 Mid Term Presentation

The private garden: from shelter to garden spaceInstructor: Mike Davidsohn

Mar 10(All day)
Mar 18(All day)
Mar 18
12:30PM to 1:30PM
DB 221
Faculty Research Brown Bag Series - Carolina Aragon

An Informal series of Brown bag talks on the topic of Research (Process, Projects, and Implementations.)

Mar 20
4:30PM to 5:30PM
DB 170
Mar 22
1:00PM to 4:00PM
DB 170
Mar 25
12:30PM to 1:30PM
DB 221
Faculty Research Brown Bag Series - Michael Di Pasquale

An Informal series of Brown bag talks on the topic of Research (Process, Projects, and Implementations.)

Mar 28(All day)UMass Campus center
6th Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

"Urban Greenway Planning: Adapting to expanding and contracting cities"
highlights the importance and diversity of urban greenways for both cities experiencing population/economic decline and those that are booming.

We invite abstracts (100-200 words) describing research, project summary, or a perspective essay - due September 30, 2018.

Apr 3
4:30PM to 5:30PM
DB 170
Zube Lecture - Scott Jordan


photo of St Patricks Island

Forgotten Spaces to Community Places

Cities are ever evolving. People are always coming and going, and changing economies shift what we value. Every city has areas that have been left behind to make room for new economies. Old waterfronts, rail corridors, poor neighborhoods and leftover spaces have often been left behind. They have lost their meaning to the larger population. These places will not be revitalized unless we understand how to make them mean more to more people. This is a question that we seek in every circumstance – how can we unlock the potential of a place?

Scott Jordan, Principal Civitas Inc.

As a Principal of Civitas, Scott is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office and plays a prominent role in establishing, maintaining, and curating the culture of our interdisciplinary practice. 

The transformative effect that landscape architecture and urban design have on cities is what drew Scott to this profession nearly 20 years ago. Scott has developed a passion for engaging the public throughout the design process, further deepening the relationships between people and place. His focus on the public realm is driven by a desire to create social interactions and build a sense of community by bringing people of diverse backgrounds together. A prime example of this commitment was his design effort for the St. Patrick’s Island and the North Embarcadero Improvements to San Diego’s waterfront. Scott has led large-scale, complex projects across the country such as the Balboa Park Master Plan in San Diego, the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, as well as the design of the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park in Raleigh.

Scott holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He has won several national design awards for his work, been an invited lecturer and guest critic at universities across the country and has presented at numerous national design conferences. Scott is active in the community through his volunteer work as an underprivileged youth hockey coach each summer as well as helping coach his son’s lacrosse team.


Apr 10
4:30PM to 5:30PM
DB 170
Zube Lecture - Moira Zellner

Moira Zellner is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy and a research associate professor in the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy at UIC. Having completed her undergraduate degree in ecology in Argentina, she pursued graduate studies in urban and regional planning and in complex systems at the University of Michigan. Before coming to the US, she worked in Argentina as an environmental consultant for local and international environmental engineering firms and for the undersecretary of Environment in the City of Buenos Aires, in projects related to domestic and hazardous waste management, river remediation, industrial pollution control, and environmental impact assessments. She also participated in interdisciplinary and international research projects of urban air pollution and of the spread of tuberculosis through public transportation.

In her position at UIC, Dr. Zellner has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in interdisciplinary projects examining how specific policy, technological and behavioral factors influence the emergence and impacts of a range of complex environmental problems, where interaction effects make responsibilities and burdens unclear. Her research also examines the value of complexity-based modeling for participatory policy exploration and social learning with stakeholders and decision-makers. Dr. Zellner also teaches a variety of workshops on complexity-based modeling of socio-ecological systems, for training of both scientists and decision-makers. She has served the academic community as reviewer of journals and grants spanning across the social and natural sciences.