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Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning



Students in PLAN 640 Urban Design and Development Seminar, led by Associate Professor Blake Belanger, are developing streetscape and urban design recommendations to improve physical infrastructure and pedestrian safety on the town's primary commercial corridor.

Katie Leise, MLA '15, was honored as the KSU Olmsted Scholar at the Landscape Architecture Foundation Gala, November 5.

K-State has become the first bike friendly university in Kansas! Congrats to our student Doug May, who is an intern with MPO. He prepared the application and spent a lot of time collecting data. Click here to read more.

Students in PLAN 640 Urban Design and Development Seminar, led by Associate Professor  Blake  Belanger, are developing streetscape and urban design recommendations to improve physical infrastructure and pedestrian safety on the town's primary commercial corridor. Angela Schnee of Ogden Planning and Zoning Department and Stephanie Watts, Senior Transportation Manager with the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization provided project background and input during a design charrette on November 12.


Jonathan Knight, MLA student, won first place for his entry, "Solitude/Sand: Pillsbury Crossing," in the landscape category of the APDesign Thomas A. Tyler/Answers Inc. Architectural & Environmental Photography Competition.

Students working with LARCP faculty received three of this year's thirteen Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences Small Grants from the KSU Graduate School:

Parker Ruskcamp, 5th year MLA student, receivedsupport for his travel to the University of Chicago to collaborate with the ­­­Environmental Neuroscience Lab. The trip supports his masters project and report which aims to investigate how different characteristics of the physical environment affect stress. Parker's major professor is Dr. Brent Chamberlain.

Jared Sickmann, 5th year MLA student, received support for construction of his master's project, "ParkingScape: Implementing Portable Landscapes to Enhance Aggieville's Streetscape." Jared's major professor is Associate Professor Howard Hahn.

Elizabeth Musoke, PHD candidate, received support for her travel to Kenya to conduct interviews as a part of her doctoral research, "Understanding the Adoption of Soil and Water Conservation Practices in the Mara River Basin, Kenya." Elizabeth's major professor is Dr. Tim Keane.

The 2016 Planning and Pop Culture podcasts are available at https://soundcloud.com/user-4094299 Listen to hear the students views on community, food, housing and transportation.

Elizabeth Decker's, MLA '14, work completed through her master's report was featured on Fast Company & Inc's website and on Therapeutic Landscapes Network's Facebook page. Decker's master's report committee included Associate Professor Kingery-Page as chair; Marilyn Kaff, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs; and Associate Professor Jason Brody. Click here to read the article.




Print by Mackenzie Wendling, MLA 2nd year student in LAR 310 Design Graphics and Visual Thinking. Students used collagraph, drypoint and photopolymer plate techniques to create prints based on study of their land art installation at Marlatt Park, led by Associate Professor Jon Hunt.





 The landscape architecture program is ranked one of the top Master of Landscape Architecture programs in the nation by DesignIntelligence for the 12th year in a row, continuing the program's long-standing top ranking with the publication since it began in 2005. Click here to read more.

Jim Richards, designer, writer and illustrator, presented a public lecture on November 20. Richards is a co-founder and principal of TOWNSCAPE Inc., and has led successful design initiatives for walkable downtowns, new town centers, transit-oriented developments, urban villages, corporate campuses, greenway networks, freeway corridors and heritage regions. Richards also held drawing workshops on November 21 and 22 at the Beach Museum of Art. His visit to K-State was part of a series of drawing workshops supported by a President’s and Provost’s Academic Excellence Award.


This had to be record K-State LARCP attendance at the ASLA 2015 Alumni Tailgate! It was a great place to be a Wildcat!

Professor John Keller hosted 30 plus Australian planning students during their visit to Manhattan November 2-3. The leader of the group Trevor Budge, Manager of Strategy for the City of Greater Bendigo, Victoria, presented "Downunder:  Different Perspectives - But Pursuing Similar Objectives," on November 2.

Assistant professor Anne Beamish presented "Before Parks: Public Landscapes in Colonial American Cities" at the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) Conference in Los Angeles, CA, November 5-8.

Assistant Professor Huston Gibson and Dr. Elaine Johannes, School of Family Studies and Human Services, presented on the topic of rewarding community-engaged scholarship in departmental governance in the Brown Bag Engagement Seminar Series sponsored by the Center for Engagement and Community Development and the Staley School of Leadership Studies. The seminar took  place November 6.

Landscape architecture faculty and 20+ students attended the national American Society of Landscape Architects meeting in Chicago, November 5-9.  Faculty who attended included Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain, Associate Professor Howard Hahn, Department Head and Professor Stephanie Rolley and Professor Chip Winslow.

Professor and Department Head Stephanie Rolley participated in the Landscape Architecture Foundation Board meeting, November 4 and 5 in Chicago.

Assistant Professor Jessica Canfield was honored as  "Professor of the Week " at the K-State Men's basketball game on November 6. This recognition is awarded from Faculty Senate.

Assistant Professor Jessica Canfield presented "Outside the Box: A Look at the Profession of Landscape Architecture" to Manhattan High School students as part of the K-State Presidential  Lecture Series on November 6.

Professor and Head Stephanie Rolley received the ASLA Outstanding Service Award during the national meeting in Chicago on November 8. Read more information here.

Assistant Professor Kate Nesse presented “The importance of quality of life in brewery location decisions”at the NARSC (North American Regional Science Council) in Portland, OR November 11-15.

Academic Advisor Rachel Robillard attended the Institute for Student Learning Assessment/Diversity Summit November 11-13.

Associate Professors La Barbara James Wigfall and Katie Kingery-Page presented "New Kansas Roots for Students: Building Cultural Competency through the Nicodemus Project" at the 2015 Institute for Student Learning Assessment/Diversity Summit at K-State, November 13. Wigfall and Kingery-Page were joined by RCP alumn, Lauren Garrott and Nicodemus descendent, Johnella Holmes, for this panel presentation.

Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page presented "Meadow -Thinking" at the November 12 Leonardo Art-Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) hosted by the K-State department of Art and held at the Beach Museum.

Assistant Professor Huston Gibson was interviewed on KMAN radio November 24. He discussed the Master’s of Science Community Development program.

Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain received a $2,544 KSU Faculty Development Award to support his presentation of "Using landscape visualization to inform streetscape design" at the Digital Landscape Architecture 2016 conference in Istanbul, Turkey.




Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain and Associate Professor Howard Hahn received an Academic Excellence Award together with Nathan Bean (Computer Science), Michael Wesch (Anthropology) and the Beach Museum (Linda Duke and Luke Dempsey) . The award will support a community event and university network for data visualization, gaming and simulation.

Associate Professor Blake Belanger received an Academic Excellence Award to purchase supplies and equipment to facilitate creative teaching methods in the new Unlocking Creativity course.

Assistant Professor Greg Newmark received an Open/Alternative Textbook award. The $5,000 award will support development of an electronic textbook for PLAN 315.

Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain presentedSimulation and Representation for Design Inquiry at the February 18 Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous at the Beach Museum of Art.

Associate Professor Lorn Clement presentedLessons from Shared Learning at the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student at University of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California, February 25. Co-authors are Associate Professor Katrina Lewis, IAPD, and Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page.

Assistant Huston Gibson and Associate Professor LaBarbara Wigfall's essay,How Place Influences Popular Culture: Finding Meaning in Creative Media, has been published in the online journal, The Urban Gaze, available here.

Professor and Department Head Stephanie Rolley was invited to serve as an external reviewer of the landscape architectural studies program at the University of Arkansas, February 22-26.

The Community Development Program received the Exceptional Credit Program Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education Great Plains Region. Assistant Professor and Director of the Community Development Program Huston Gibson accepted the award on behalf of the program at the association's conference in Durant, OK, March 3-4. K-State Global Campus nominated the program.

Academic Advisor Rachel Robillard attended the NACADA Region 7 conference at K-State March 1-2.

Associate Professor LaBarbara Wigfall was invited to facilitate post-performance dialogues for two recent K-State theater productions: Forward, a play addressing climate change produced by the K-State Theater Program, and The Dutchman, a play addressing racial prejudice produced by the Ebony Theater.

Assistant Professors Huston Gibson and Jessica Canfield's article, The Non-gated Gated Community of Stapleton, has been published in the Journal of Borderlands Studies. It is available here.