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.

Guttuoso Wins Design Challenge

Isabella Guttuso (BLA ‘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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Anumba Updates Key Stakeholders at Annual Leadership Summit

With construction beginning on the new Bruno E. and Maritza F. Ramos Collaboratory later this month, excitement was at an all-time high at the Seventh Annual University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning Leadership Summit. Thursday’s event was held inside the John and Anne Sofarelli Family Gallery and…

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Construction Begins on Ramos Collaboratory Oct. 23

In October 2022, the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning held the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new $45 million, 50,000-square foot facility named the Bruno E. and Maritza F. Ramos Collaboratory. This revolutionary, best-in-class facility is intended to bring generational change to UF and will position the…

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Crawford Making the Most of Her ASLA Membership

As a member of the University of Florida Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Lily Crawford made the most of her first ASLA Florida Conference. Racing back and forth between ballrooms at the JW Mariott Turnberry Resort and Spa in Miami, the Fort Pierce native wasted…

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Gilliam Looks to Follow Plunkett’s Path

After helping move large oak trees on a on a golf course renovation project in Boynton Beach, Nicole Plunkett (BLAE ’10) paused under the bright sun to reflect on something even brighter: her current intern Gabriella Gilliam. “The display of excellence demonstrated by Gabriella during her internship has been nothing…

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Hoctor Honored by Florida Cattlemen’s Association

As a result of his tireless work and determination in the implementation of environmental conservation programs with private landowners, University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning Director Dr. Tom Hoctor was honored with the Conservation Friend Award by the Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) this past month at a ceremony…

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Julie Bruck

Department Chair

Dan Manley

Undergraduate Coordinator

Vanessa Niblett

Academic Assistant

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