Critical History, Theory, and Practice

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The critical history, theory, and practice cluster focuses on humanist, design, and art-based approaches to landscape architecture. As a uniquely dynamic form of cultural expression, landscape architecture is best appreciated amidst multiple temporal, cultural, and spatial contexts that inform theory and practice. History, theory, and practice are conceptualized as mutually reinforcing research realms that clarify prior traditions and inform future visions of landscape architecture. As such, our research and teaching are both reflective and projective, analytical and synthetic, situated and propositional. The department’s strength in this cluster is represented in the research and professional practices of faculty whose work spans North American, South American, Asian, and European contexts from the 18th century to the present. The group’s research practices overlap with like-minded faculty members in the Historic Preservation Program and the Departments of Architecture, Art, and the History of Art and Architecture, as well as faculty members throughout the University of Oregon.

The Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes focuses on understanding the role landscape plays in sustaining culture—both literally, through agriculture, and more broadly, through inspiring the arts and grounding cultural identities.

Related Faculty

David Buckley Borden
Liska Chan
Mark R. Eischeid
Michael Geffel
Ignacio López Busón
Laurie Matthews
Adrian Parr