Department of Landscape Architecture

Designing a Better World

Landscape architecture transforms our natural and built environments. It’s local and global. It’s art and science. It’s communication and collaboration. It’s development and sustainability.

If you’re inspired by innovation and ready to make an impact, the University of Florida is where you need to be.

Guttuso Wins Design Challenge

Isabella Guttuso Browne (MLA ‘23) was named the winner of the Real Florida Landscape Design Challenge, a competition sponsored by the Native Plant Horticulture Foundation and Florida Association of Native Nurseries. She created a courtyard entry landscape for a 1920s office building in Melbourne, Fla., that uses only plants native to the state.

“All of the professors are amazing and want to help you through each course. They do a great job taking each student out of their comfort zone and preparing them for the future.”

Gabriella Gilliam (BLA ’25)
Summer 2023 Intern, Cotleur & Hearing

Making Florida Feel Cooler as Temperatures Rise

Dr. Yi Luo, assistant professor in UF’s Department of Landscape Architecture, studies microclimates, or areas that may have a different climate than their overall region.

Her recent work includes mitigating the heat for visitors at The St. Pete Pier and its 26-acre waterfront park. She’s also working with Sasaki, an architecture landscape firm contracted by the City of Key West, to study the historic Mallory Square and propose ways to make the area more comfortable during the day.

Building a Resilient Park System in Port St. Joe

Five years ago, Hurricane Michael devasted the Florida panhandle community of Port St. Joe. As part of the Florida Resilient Cities program, professors and students conducted extensive research and crafted design proposals to help the city recover.

Their work resulted in a comprehensive plan that would allow the city’s parks to retain stormwater, minimize the risk of inundation surge, promote outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle, and establish neighborhood connections.

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Delay Shines at PGAV Designing Themed Spaces

Friday, June 28, 2024By: Kyle Niblett With all the late nights spent in studio, University of Florida senior Carly Delay has worked tirelessly toward one goal: designing themed spaces. Her goal, zoos specifically, is to create habitats that prioritize the welfare of animals while also sparking excitement in visitors as…

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BLA Seniors have their Capstone Reviews

Last Thursday and Friday, our BLA Seniors had their Capstone Reviews for their capstone courses with Dr. Yi Luo, PhD, PLA and Dr. Kevin Thompson. Each student presented their work to other students, faculty, and guest jurors. We appreciate all those who attended, especially our guest jurors who took the…

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Serrano Wins Grant to Document African-American Burial Grounds

Thursday, April 18, 2024By: Kyle Niblett University of Florida Department of Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor Nicholas Serrano was recently awarded the 2024 Research Incentive Award, the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) announced this past month. Joined by Annicia Streete and Brendan Harmon from Louisiana State University, the trio’s project aims…

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Department of Landscape Architecture Celebrates 90 Years

Tuesday, March 12, 2024By: Kyle Niblett More than 100 people passionate about the University of Florida Department of Landscape Architecture descended upon the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning this past Wednesday evening for an extravagant gala celebrating the 90th anniversary of the department. The event was sponsored by…

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Julie Bruck

Department Chair

Dan Manley

Undergraduate Coordinator

Vanessa Niblett

Academic Assistant

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