The University Landscape Architect oversees site development on the main campus and auxiliaries, including the Allerton Park & Retreat Center. All changes to the fabric of campus support the mission of our institution, balancing the needs of aesthetics for staff and students, attracting prospective students and donors, education uses, and sustainability.

Currently, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is in the progress of creating a Campus Landscape Master Plan, as recommended by the Resilient Landscape Strategy. The first part of spring 2022 will entail broad stakeholder engagement, and the completed plan will be finalized during summer 2022. To learn more and contribute input, see the Campus Master Planning page on this site.

The University Landscape Architect has several responsibilities:

  • Reviewing site plans for capital projects and assisting them during construction
  • Designing small site and landscape projects for the University and the Grounds department
  • Planning and project management of capital projects
  • Assisting with faculty and student projects
  • Advising campus on sustainability initiatives
  • Working with donors and the Foundation for donor trees and endowed landscapes
  • Preparing facility standards, and coordinating building decommissioning

With proper design and direction, our campus landscapes can be multi-functional; providing campus beautification, outdoor classrooms, passive recreation, rainwater capture, carbon sequestration, and pollinator support. The use of native and sustainable plantings factor greatly into our campus landscapes as we strive to meet our goals in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP).

The University Landscape Architect is also a member of several advisory committees: