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Fernando Magallanes, ASLA, PLA

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning


* See Fernando discuss his work in the Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning department in this video!*

Professor Fernando Magallanes, a registered landscape architect, teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios. He also teaches Landscape Architecture History, Drawing, First Year Experience (Foundation year for Design students in 5 design disciplines).He believes in methods supporting the teaching of landscape architecture to fit the societal needs of current practice and era. He has won 7 outstanding teaching awards including the national award for Outstanding Educator from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

Fernando’s publications and conference papers focus on various topics including Landscape Surrealism, use of analytical drawings in understanding historic landscapes, drawing, urban landscapes, landscape architecture education, interdisciplinary professional practice in community design, and the works of Mexican designer Luis Barragan. His Landscape Surrealism essay can be found in Thomas Mical’s book Architecture and Surrealism,2005. Several of his drawings are published and can be found in Rendow Yee’s Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, 2003, and in Uddin, M. Saleh’s book Axonometric and Oblique Drawing,1997.

He travels and has been involved in international travel programs to Santander, Spain; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, DF, Mexico; and Prague, Czech Republic. It is through travels and discussion, documentation, drawings, reading the landscape, and walking that he develops as primary activities to heighten site observation skills. He and students engage in an empirical method for observing history, landscape environments, design spaces, and a critical basis for design decisions and the making of “place.”

NC State University College of Design presentation to Leaders Council on November 5, 2011, by Fernando Magallanes, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture: “NC landscape architecture: Questions about its recent past, 1990-2010

On August 26,2016, I was invited to participate in the NCMA Monster Drawing Event.  I was part of 60 invited artists to draw for an hour in front of an 800plus  sold out crowd. Below are links to the three drawings I made that night.  The event was a fund raiser as well as a way to raise awareness of drawing in the community.  From the attendance record that was broken, it seems that people in this city are interested in drawing.


Magallanes, F., Stoskopf, M. K., & Royal, K. D. (2015). Building Collaborative Learning Opportunities between Future Veterinary and Design Professionals. Journal of Education and Training Studies, Vol. 3(No. 5), 43–51.


Landscape Architecture Foundation: Perspectives – Fernando Magallanes
LAF’s Perspectives interview series showcases landscape architects from diverse backgrounds discussing how they came to the profession and where they see it heading, published April 17, 2020.


UDABOL confiere el título Doctor Honoris Causa al Arq. Fernando …
Universidad de Aquino Bolivia (UDABOL confers the title Doctor Honoris Causa to Arq. Fernando Magallanes)

Invitación a solemne acto: Doctor Honoris Causa – Arq. Fernando Magallanes
(Invitation to the solemn act: Doctor Honoris Causa – Arq. Fernando Magallanes)

Una Propuesta que busca la Calidad de Vida de las Personas en Armonía con la Naturaleza.
(A Proposal that seeks the Quality of Life of People in Harmony with Nature.)


Master in Landscape Architecture and Site Planning Harvard University

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture Texas A&M University

Area(s) of Expertise

Contemporary landscape architecture design history and theory, drawing, urban design, landscape surrealism, European history of landscape architecture