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Michael Geffel

Professor of Practice
Lab Director / Fuller Initiative Land Lab
Office: 214 Lawrence Hall
Research Interests: Field experiment, temporary installation, adaptive management, landscape infrastructure, landscapes on structure, public space, urban design

Michael Geffel is a Registered Landscape Architect, Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture, and Lab Director of the Fuller Initiative Land Lab. With design research broadly focused on experimental landscapes, Michael’s principal method of study uses field experiment and temporary installation to explore how landscape design can adapt to social and ecological processes over time. This expertise is reflected in his approach to pedagogy, which emphasizes direct material exploration to connect students with the landscape medium.

Prior to joining the UO, Michael practiced landscape architecture in the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and SE Asia, with experience working on public urban landscapes, landscapes on structure, green infrastructure, and regional planning. This experience builds on a previous career in horticulture, restoration ecology, and landscape construction, which culminated in the founding of a design/build. Michael's publications include Landscape Journal, LA+, Kerb, and Scenario Journal, and his field experiments are featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine, Places Journal, and the Ambiguous Territory Symposium.