Author: Wu, Tao

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture: an overview

LA Critique

With its current emphasis on the interconnected elements of plant, people and environment coupled with community health, sustainability and resilience, the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) is a green and lively place for teaching, research and outreach.

Teaching shines

“The experienced, accomplished teachers are one of our bright spots in the department,” said Department Head and Professor Richard McAvoy. Faculty abilities are evident in the high marks students consistently give them on the Student Evaluation of Teaching forms. PSLA teachers have also won individual college, university, regional and national teaching awards.

The department is excited to have recently recruited two new faculty members in the landscape architecture (LA) program. The newest faculty, Sungmin Lee and Sohyun Park, work on community planning and design projects to promote healthy lifestyles and improve environmental sustainability. In total, the department has 24 tenure-track and non-tenure-track professionals who contribute to its teaching, research or outreach educational missions.

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Landscape alumni put their interests to work

Dan Colbeck

Recently ranked as one of the 10 Best Landscape Architecture Programs for 2018, CAHNR’s landscape architecture course also prepares many for successful careers. 

Dan Colbeck, who graduated from LA in 2002, was one of those undergraduates with diverse proclivities. He said, “I wanted a career that allowed both my artistic and my technical math sides to come out.” Currently, Colbeck is a principal with a 12-person firm, Pamela Burton & Company in Santa Monica, California. From his ten years of experience with that company, he observes that the combination of art and science is essential in real life commercial, institutional and residential settings.

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Congratulations Graduate Student Tao Wu!


Tao Wu and Kristin Schwab received the CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture) Fellows Award of Excellence for the poster research presentation they gave at this past week’s annual meeting at Virginia Tech. The CELA is an organization “comprised of over 120 institutions and individuals who have interest in the preparation of landscape architects for global practice.”  Wu and Schwab’s poster were selected out of over 40 other competitors and awarded a $500 prize.

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Archives: PSLA in News

Memorial award honors alumnus and provides professional experience for landscape architecture students

Welch works with Matt Cosma '15 (LA), landscape designer at S/L/A/M

Tristan Welch, a senior majoring in landscape architecture in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, is the first recipient of the Kyle C. Slocum Memorial Award. The award grants an internship with the largest integrated design firm in the state, The S/L/A/M Collaborative, located in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

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UConn landscape architecture students recognized in Keney Park design competition

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The challenge to landscape architecture and design students was this: create more beautiful and welcoming entrances to Hartford’s Keney Park. The winners were announced Thursday, April 30, at a ceremony at the Hartford Public Library, where all the entries will be on display at the Hartford History Center until August 15. Mayor Pedro Segarra saluted the winners in his remarks, noting that Keney Park was his favorite of Hartford’s many parks.

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