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Makayla Esposito Title Card

Oct 3, 2022

NC State Creatives: Makayla Esposito

Makayla Esposito is a graduate student in the NC State College of Design’s Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning program and she is passionate about making the invisible, visible. 

Fixed in Flux ASLA Student Award 2022

Oct 3, 2022

Students and Coastal Dynamics Design Lab Team Take Top Honors in ASLA National Awards

Students in the College of Design's Master of Landscape Architecture program received four of the 19 national student awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects this year. The Coastal Dynamics Design Lab won their third award in the last five years for their commitment to delivering world-class technical assistance at no direct cost to low-resource, historically underserved rural communities. 

Melissa Manjarrez Dominguez at her desk in the Landscape Architecture studio.

Sep 23, 2022

Latinx Voices of Design: Melissa Manjarrez Dominguez

Melissa Manjarrez Dominguez is a first-year graduate student in the college's Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning program. In her story, she recalls her youth in Sinaloa, Mexico, her experiences facing anti-immigration legislation in Alabama, and her desire to create landscapes that are enriching and available to everyone. 

Gene Bressler

Aug 15, 2022

Gene Bressler steps in as interim department head of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Eugene Bressler will serve as interim department head of landscape architecture and environmental planning following Meg Calkins’ retreat to the faculty at the beginning of July. Bressler returns to the college from retirement, where he served as head of the department from 2006 until his retirement in 2018. He will serve in the position until next spring. 

3D-printed ceramic items sit on a shelf in Shawn Protz's ceramics lab

Jun 27, 2022

2022 Designlife Magazine

Read about the people and activities featured in the 2022 issue of Designlife Magazine. 

Color with the pack 2022 day of giving

May 18, 2022

Celebrating Another Successful Day of Giving

The College of Design celebrated another successful Day of Giving on March 23, 2022 thanks to the generous gifts of donors, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends, all of whom believe in the importance of design education. Thanks to your support, the college was able to raise $474,885 from 373 gifts, exceeding last year’s 309 gifts by 21%. 

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May 12, 2022

NLI Director Joins 80 Researchers Worldwide to Create Parameters for Healthy and Sustainable Cities

Director of the Natural Learning Initiative Dr. Deepti Adlakha’s latest research work was published as part of The Lancet Global Health Series on Urban Design, Transport and Health. Urban design and city planning influence how we can travel, the quality of the air we breathe, our access to essential facilities and services, our participation in social events, and our enjoyment of green spaces. All this is vital to our physical and mental health. In 2016, a series of papers in The Lancet highlighted the myriad links between cities and health and proposed a set of city planning indicators. In this follow-up series published in The Lancet Global Health, authors show how the indicators can benchmark and monitor progress to guide urban policy to achieve population health and sustainability targets. They provide tools that other cities can use to replicate the indicators and explore “where to next” to create healthy and sustainable cities, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. 

Molly Nunes

May 5, 2022

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

We asked our spring graduates for some thoughts on their time in the College of Design. Below, hear from them in their own words. 

The Alton Great Streets project, located in the St. Louis region, employed drone technology during the pandemic to build 3-D models and quickly iterate and visualize alternative plans for virtual public workshops (image courtesy of Design Workshop).

May 4, 2022

A New Way To Measure: Bringing Drone Technology to Landscape Architecture

With the help of NC State’s Institute for Transportation, Research and Education (ITRE), Emily McCoy, associate professor of practice in landscape architecture and environmental planning, has been flying drones across campus for the past five years. But she’s capturing more than the beauty of the landscape. McCoy and the students in her landscape performance class have been using tools such as drones with thermal cameras to evaluate how different landscapes across campus perform from a sustainability standpoint. 

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Apr 22, 2022

Coastal Dynamics Project Awarded Part of $2 Million Grant for Environmental Justice

The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has named the NC State College of Design's Coastal Dynamics Design Lab as one of 15 climate-focused projects to receive an Environmental Justice for Climate grant. The CEC’s first $2 million EJ4Climate grant program is aimed at supporting efforts made toward environmental justice and climate resilience for communities across North America. 

Coastal Dynamics Design Lab proposed networks

Apr 19, 2022

New state partnership to support local planning for community resilience

The N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) has committed funding to the NC State Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL) for the development of five North Carolina community floodprint reports over the next three years. A valuable tool for building future community resilience, a floodprint is a landscape planning approach developed by CDDL to address land and water relationships. The floodprint development process incorporates issues such as flooding, recovery and equity into the planning process. 

Dean Mark Hoversten

Apr 14, 2022

An Update on the Allred Gallery Floor

The floor of the Allred Gallery in Kamphoefner Hall was inspired by the work of well-known architect Le Corbusier. As we learn more about the history of this designer from contemporary research, we are learning more about his unfortunate ties to groups that excluded and persecuted others. The values held by Le Corbusier, particularly those of homophobia, misogyny, and fascism, are not held by the College of Design. Our mission is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for any individual who enters our space to work and learn.  

Abby Sheer at Graduate Research Symposium

Apr 12, 2022

Graduate Student Research Symposium Winners

Nearly 200 NC State graduate students presented their research projects this week at the 15th annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, and 27 were recognized as the best presenters in their disciplines. Posters are judged by faculty, and students receive recognition for top posters. The goals are to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research… 

Meg Calkins FCELA

Mar 22, 2022

Meg Calkins Elevated to Fellow of CELA

Meg Calkins, department head of landscape architecture and environmental planning, was recently inducted into the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Academy of Fellows. CELA only has 70 fellows throughout North America, and the organization comprises over 120 institutions and 11 regions that cover North America, Australian, New Zealand, Europe and the Pacific Rim.  

Student pointing at laptop in the Duda Visiting Designer Program

Jan 20, 2022

Duda Visiting Designer Program asks students to explore North Carolina’s complex history through the lens of racial justice

Thanks to a generous gift from Linda and Turan Duda [BEDA ‘76], students from the College of Design are participating in an immersive, two-week visiting designer program. Partnering with MASS Design Group, students from Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning are grouped into teams of 5-6 students to look at one of three sites in NC. 

Vy Hoang, Graphic Design, Belmont, NC

Dec 15, 2021

First Year Experience Paper Project is featured in Walter Magazine

NC State first-year design students study form, function, and movement through inventive garments made of paper. Republished from Walter Magazine 

Rodney Swink and Juanita Shearer-Swink

Nov 29, 2021

Bringing New Voices to the College of Design

The importance of differing perspectives in design was a major consideration for both Rodney and his wife, Juanita Shearer-Swink, when they established their graduate award in 2016. To design effectively for communities, both felt it was important to bring a diverse set of professionals to the table. And that process begins with bringing diverse student perspectives to the College of Design. 

Alumnus Chuck Flink in White House

Nov 22, 2021

The Path to Healing: Alumnus Chuck Flink and the 9/11 National Memorial Trail Act

Alumnus and landscape architect, Chuck Flink, recently accompanied President Biden and members of Congress for the signing of HR 2278, also known as The 9/11 National Memorial Trail Act, officially designating the trail as a part of the National Trails System. We spoke with Flink on how he became a leading advocate for greenway access and the role landscape architects can play in remembering historic events. 

Green New Deal Superstudio Project

Oct 21, 2021

MLA Students Participate in Green New Deal Superstudio

Three projects from NC State students in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning were featured as part of the Green New Deal Superstudio. The Green New Deal Superstudio is a national conversation to translate the framework of the Green New Deal into actual projects by landscape architecture programs in higher education, as well as professional practices and individuals in those fields. 

MLA Student and Global Change Fellow Stephanie Kelly

Sep 30, 2021

MLA Student Stephanie Kelly Chosen as a 2021-22 Global Change Fellow

The Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center recently welcomed its 10th cohort of Global Change Fellows, and among them is Stephanie Kelly, a graduate student in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. 

Kofi Boone

Aug 13, 2021

Design Appoints Kofi Boone as Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor

The College of Design has named Kofi Boone, FASLA, professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning, as the Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor. Boone has been at the College of Design since 2004. His work is in the overlap between landscape architecture and environmental justice with specializations in democratic design, digital media, and interpreting cultural landscapes. 

LAR Students Working Outside

Jun 17, 2021

Navigating an Unfamiliar Landscape

College of Design faculty faced uncharted terrain - and persevered - when COVID-19 forced them to convert their landscape architecture studio to a hybrid model. A change of scenery was in order when Gene Bressler and Carla Delcambre embarked on their fifth year of teaching an introductory graduate landscape architecture design studio. 

Lewis Clarke and Sarah Zewde

Jun 8, 2021

Landscape Architecture Professor Lewis Clarke Passes Away at 94

Lewis Clarke, FASLA, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021. He catalyzed the evolution of American landscape architecture for over sixty-five years as a professor at the North Carolina State University School (now College) of Design and as a visiting lecturer at numerous universities. 

NLI Students outdoors

Mar 30, 2021

LAEP Professor Robin Moore Receives Holladay Medal

LAEP Professor and Director of the Natural Learning Initiative, Robin Moore, has received NC State's highest honor for a faculty member. 

SCPN Spotlight Kofi Boone

Feb 24, 2021

SCPN Spotlight: Kofi Boone

Kofi Boone was recently featured by the State Climate Policy Network on the Importance of Community-Led Design in Creating Just and Livable Cities. All across the country, members of the State Climate Policy Network (SCPN) are fighting to make an impact on climate change in their communities. 

Breeze Outlaw

Feb 1, 2021

Design Identities: Breeze Outlaw

Breeze is a landscape designer interested in addressing the perceptual and physical interpretations of equitable and just access to public spaces. In zir work, zie explores frameworks of resilient sociocultural equity through futurism, cultural expressions, and natural systems. 

excellence in assessment award for landscape architecture

Dec 23, 2020

Landscape Architecture Program Recognized for Excellence in Assessment

The Master of Landscape Architecture program has been selected as an inaugural honoree for NC State's Excellence in Assessment awards, given by the NC State Graduate School. 

Fall 2020 Commencement Web

Dec 3, 2020

Congratulations, Graduates!

For our 2020 graduates, this year's commencement ceremony was like no other. It began with a video of Dean Hoversten searching the campus for our students. Then, the department heads shared words of encouragement with the students, commending them for their outstanding work this year. 

princeville closeup

Nov 21, 2020

Coastal Dynamics Design Lab Continues Community Flood Work with Two New Grants

The Coastal Dynamics Design Lab continues its work throughout the State of North Carolina with two new grants received. 

Longleaf Pine Conservation Project

Sep 22, 2020

New Name, Continued Direction: Landscape Architecture’s Name Change Reflects Continued Work with Communities

“This change better aligns our department with both our curriculum offerings and the work our faculty have been doing, both researched-based and in the community, over the last several years” said Meg Calkins, department head of landscape architecture and environmental planning. 

Peatland: Strategies for Restoration, Design, and Planning of North Carolina Peatlands, authored by Madalyn Baldwin (MLA 2019)

Sep 4, 2020

Exploring Coastal Conservation: Students and Faculty Win ASLA Awards to Preserve NC

Three submissions were selected for Honor Awards as part of the 2020 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Professional and Student Awards. 

Disaster Resilient Graduate Certificate Image

Aug 12, 2020

College of Design Develops New Graduate Certificate in Disaster Resilient Policy, Engineering and Design

The certificate will educate the next generation of practitioners and scholars to reduce the rise in disaster losses and assist communities to adapt to a changing climate. 

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Jul 17, 2020

From Architecture to Augmented Reality

A lack of access to information, language barriers, excessive time costs and a poor implementation of two-way communication methods are just a few of the reasons why residents across the country don’t speak up during public municipal government hearings. These reasons not only affect how communities develop and are granted resources, but they also have a direct correlation to the health and well-being of certain neighborhoods. 

Coastal Dynamics Design Lab winning submission

Jul 8, 2020

Coastal Dynamic Design Lab Wins Top Honor from NCASLA

The College of Design's Coastal Dynamics Design Lab won the NCASLA 2020 Award for its Twin Creeks project in the research category. 

Above: A new landscaping design series includes this pollinator-friendly border template.

Jul 2, 2020

New Landscaping Design Guide Features Native Coastal NC Plants

A new set of landscaping design templates is available online from the Coastal Landscapes Initiative. The 10 designs feature plants native to coastal North Carolina and are intended for anyone interested in updating their yard or garden. 

Black Lives Matter Black Square

Jun 9, 2020

Black Lives Matter

The College of Design continues to be saddened and angered by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who are unjustly murdered based on the color of their skin. We cannot let this continue to happen. Furthermore, we cannot let our profession, one which is predominately white, remain silent on… 

nli student spraying plants

May 5, 2020

Natural Learning Initiative Takes Education Outdoors with WolfWare Outreach

April 29, 2020  |  Lily Fandel The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) is reinventing what it means to play outside. Today’s children grow up with a number of obstacles to outdoor play, from overly structured lifestyles to state-mandated curricula that neglect the outdoors. Additionally, many outdoor play spaces overlook nature — a powerful agent in children’s healthy development. NLI, a… 

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Apr 24, 2020

Design Faculty Win NC State Awards

Five College of Design faculty were recently honored with university-level awards from the chancellor, provost, and alumni association. The award winners are listed below. University Faculty Scholar Derek Ham, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Affiliated Assistant Research Professor of Architecture Derek Ham was chosen as a University Faculty Scholar for 2020. The program, established… 

dick bell in pullen park

Mar 20, 2020

In Memoriam: Landscape Architect Dick Bell

Landscape architect Richard C. Bell designed some of North Carolina’s iconic spaces, but none meant more to him than his alma mater’s University Plaza, more commonly known as the Brickyard. March 19, 2020 | Tim Peeler Richard C. “Dick” Bell the beloved Raleigh landscape architect responsible for NC State’s Brickyard and other open spaces around the state,… 

princeville feature story from alumni magazine

Mar 17, 2020

Andy Fox and Kofi Boone Featured in Alumni Magazine for Work in Princeville

Princeville, N.C., has seen tough times. In recent years, hurricanes have ravaged the town, and many residents left the area. But some don't want to give up on their home, which was the nation's first town incorporated by African-Americans. Standing with them are NC State landscape architecture professors and students who are helping the community chart a path to its future. 

Greenway trail photo by Ugne Vasyliute on Unsplash

Feb 25, 2020

The Urgency and Necessity for Greenways: Five Questions with Charles A. Flink

February 19, 2020 | Lauren Barker This post was originally published in NC State’s The Abstract.  There’s a lot of talk about the need for greenways but besides being attractive, nice areas to take a jog, how do these spaces actually benefit communities? Do they outweigh the financial cost, physical labor and political will to build them?… 

Landscape Architecture Critique with OJB

Nov 13, 2019

OJB Shares Cary Project and Connects with Landscape Architecture Students Over Park Project

The Landscape Architecture studio had a recent visit from firm OJB Landscape Architecture. Cody Klein, ASLA, Simon Beer, and Caroline Lezon, ASLA talked with students about their master plan for Cary Park, and then took an opportunity to review the students’ work on their Barwell Park project. This studio, led by Carla Delcambre and Gene… 

Landscape Architecture Design + Build

Oct 3, 2019

Design + Build Program wins Sir Walter Raleigh Award

The Design + Build studio won a Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance in the Landscape Design category. Students, along with Associate Professor Carla Delcambre and Assistant Professor of the Practice Jesse Turner, celebrated at an awards ceremony on October 2, 2019. The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance recognize outstanding new contributions… 

Sketch from Team 5 during DesignSprint 2019

Jul 24, 2019

Sprinting to Address Climate Change

In March of 2019, the NC State College of Design's Department of Landscape Architecture tackled climate change in a new iteration of their traditional DesignWeek research. Learn more about DesignSprint and the interdisciplinary charettes that helped students design diverse solutions. 

Travis Klondike accepting an award at the 2019 ASLA SER Conference

Jun 4, 2019

Landscape Architecture Wins Big At the 2019 Southeast Regional ASLA Conference

The NC State College of Design congratulates the Landscape Architecture faculty and students who won multiple awards at this year's ASLA Southeast Regional Conference. 

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May 24, 2019

Inviting Challenge

Now, more than ever, Meg Calkins sees the need for innovation in landscape architecture. In stepping into her leadership role in the Department of Landscape Architecture, she's ready to provide guidance as the NC State College of Design takes on the challenge. 

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May 21, 2019

Vote for NC State in the 2019 Design Intelligence Survey

Vote for the NC State College of Design's architecture and landscape architecture programs in the 2019 DesignIntelligence Survey! 

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May 7, 2019

Students Design, Build Sustainable Garden

In one semester, NC State College of Design landscape architecture students designed and built a sustainable landscape on campus. 

Employee Awards for Excellence 2019

Apr 25, 2019

2019 Design Employee Excellence Awards

The College of Design proudly honored faculty and staff on April 23, 2019. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for all that you do to make the NC State College of Design a place of innovation and excellence. 

Teresa Buckwalter NC State Design DDes student practitioner

Apr 11, 2019

DDes Student-Practitioner Expands Conversation about Climate Change

Teresa Buckwalter, an NC State Design Doctor of Design student practitioner, who is exploring solutions to "give landscape architects a way of talking and interacting with people and rural communities that value those places and those people and their insights."