The generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has enriched our program in many ways. Experiences afforded our students and faculty have been expansive.
During the past years:
» Internationally renowned visiting critics have challenged our students with their teachings
» Faculty and students have attended conferences and presented peer-reviewed papers
» Students have networked with the local landscape architectural community by attending events sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and other groups
» During spring semester, first year students typically spend two weeks visiting prominent landscapes around the country or overseas
» Students obtained summer internships at prestigious offices in our region and the country
» Graduates found employment within the field of landscape architecture
Richard H. Driehaus Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture
Leading figures in landscape architectural practice and/or education have been invited to IIT’s MLA program as the Driehaus Visiting Professor for a semester. During their time with us, professors teach an advanced-level studio that draws upon their years of expertise in the field.
Previous Driehaus Visiting Professors:
2009 -- Lisa Rapoport, Chris Pommer and Mary Tremain of Toronto-based PLANT Architect, Inc. Founded in 1995, PLANT is an interdisciplinary firm whose work includes a diverse range of types and scales, including public parks and intimate garden spaces; residential, corporate, and institutional architecture; site-specific art installations and furniture; identity, print, and exhibit design.
2008 -- Charles Waldheim, at the time of his visit, was Associate Dean and Director of the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Toronto. Since 2009, he has been Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His research focuses on contemporary urbanism and its relation to landscape.
2007 -- Piet Oudolf, an internationally recognized designer of residential gardens and small parks. In Chicago, he is best known as the designer of the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. He is based in the Netherlands.
2007 -- Tom Oslund, a leading American landscape architect. He specializes in design and site planning for large corporate, college and private estates. He is based in Minneapolis.
Visiting Professor Tom Oslund, left, with members of his third-year studio on a field trip to Milwaukee in 2011.