The College of Environment and Design has always placed science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the core of its landscape architecture curriculum. But it wasn't until recently that landscape architecture was federally recognized as a STEM discipline.
Since 2019, Longenecker and his students have been heavily involved with Healthier Together Georgia, a program run by the UGA Extension to improve health and wellness in communities with limited access to healthy foods and active routes such as bike lanes or sidewalks.
It is with bittersweet wishes that the College of Environment and Design announces the retirement of Ron Sawhill, associate professor and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) program coordinator for the CED.
In the spring, landscape design students at the CED took the phrase, 'dream big,' to a whole new level! With the support of CED lecturer James Schulte and the UGA Archway Partnership, landscape design students used their imagination and critical thinking skills to brainstorm revitalization ideas for a large property in Griffin, Georgia.
A team of six master's students, led by Dr. Eric MacDonald, had the exciting opportunity this spring to work with the owners of Cedar Lane Farm, located in Morgan County, Georgia. Deeply connected to the state's botanical heritage, this farmstead has a plethora of historical and cultivated plants, formal gardens, an intricate trail system, and unique natural features nestled within the landscape. The students worked diligently to create and tailor a comprehensive management report for Cedar Lane Farms, including management strategies for invasive plant species and programming trail systems highlighting the site's natural character.
During the spring semester, Dr. Jessica Fernandez and her first-year Master of Landscape Architecture students in Studio II embarked on an exciting project: the Outdoor Pavilion Enhancement at Bert Adams Scout Camp.
Professor Donnie Longenecker's Senior Capstone Studio assisted a team of educators and citizens working on a master plan for The Center for Innovative Teaching (CFIT), located 23 miles from UGA's campus in Winder, Georgia. Our students were tasked with developing concepts for a portion of the campus. In the end, a final concept was assembled from favorable parts of each of the student designs. The project is now coming to fruition as they plan on breaking ground in early April 2023.
We are delighted to have Visting Professor James Schulte speak on Vegetative Green roofs as part of CED's Spring 2023 lecture series, "Blue, Green, & Gray Infrastructure." Professor Schulte's research explores the different ways that green roofs can help reduce environmental issues in urban environments.
The College of Environment and Design hosted the annual Landscape Architecture Short Course at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia on February 1-2, 2023. The short course had over 100 virtual and in-person attendees with 12 corporate sponsors. Educational sessions covered a wide range of topics, such as ecoregional green roofs, supply chain disruptions, and preserving historic sites.