Landscape Architecture Research & Creative Activity
Student Reports and Theses
Our department's long tradition of independent student projects in the final year of study is represented by the documents linked here by degree program, submitted as Electronic Theses/Dissertations/Reports to the Graduate School. The titles lead you to the K-State Research Exchange, KREx, where you can search for work by author, major professor, keywords and many other attributes.
2016-2018 Mary K. Jarvis Distinguished Chair - Green Infrastructure Monitoring and Research
Professor Skabelund’s Jarvis Distinguished Chair research continues and deepens his long-term examination of how and why vegetation within green roofs and other types of green infrastructure systems in North-Central Kansas change over time. This research helps designers understand the type, amount, and timing of maintenance activities required to retain viable stands of non-invasive, somewhat diverse vegetation (including system-appropriate native plants) on green roofs and in rain gardens within the Flint Hills Ecoregion.
A collaborative effort through the landscape architecture program created an engaging and interactive space in Wichita. What was once known as the ‘Hole’ on Douglas in Downtown Wichita challenged students to work with a limited budget and the need for a very low maintenance design to create a Pop-Up Park.
Digging in the dirt in the middle of Kansas State University’s campus is one of the many reasons Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page, enjoys her newest project, The Meadow. A fledgling prairie plant oasis, The Meadow is, at first glance, rough and sharp in contrast to the perfectly manicured lawns around the campus. But Kingery-Page and collaborators look deeper and see it as an opportunity to teach, explore and relax among native plants from the prairie.
‘Cairns on the Beach’ brings Kansas History of Built Stone Structures to Campus
During the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters, LARCP students and professors, along with K-State art students, collaborated with American Crop Artist Stan Herd in creating an installation at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art on campus.
As part of the 2025 University Master Plan, students and faculty are improving Campus Creek. The creek runs through the Manhattan campus and receives most of the rainwater that falls on campus. It will serve as a research model for sustainable stormwater management methods. The project uses sustainable improvements to make Campus Creek the core of campus, from education to recreation and research. But there’s another goal: to help students see interdisciplinary work as the core of successful research and application. Landscape Architecture's Assistant Professor Jessica Canfield and Professor Tim Keane are combining their skills to lead the project.
Students create a digital presence for landscape architecture in Manhattan
This past spring, two landscape architecture students dove into a world of coding, marketing and app creation in hopes of spreading the word of landscape architecture and winning the national Wayne Grace Memorial Competition.
Students use teamwork, determination to win international award
Students from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning won the Gerald D. Hines Competition in spring 2013 for their project, The Armory. The team competed against 149 teams from 70 universities in the United States and Canada to develop a solution for a site in Minneapolis, Minn., by the downtown east neighborhood near the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.