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2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog 
2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Landscape Architecture

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Ann Komara, 303-315-2428
Associate Chair: Lori Catalano, 303-352-3613
Office: UC Denver Building 330
Telephone: 303-556-3382
Fax: 303-556-3687


*Lois A. Brink, MLA, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professors:
*Austin Allen, PhD, Ohio University
*Ann Komara, MLA, M Arch Hist, University of Virginia
Assistant Professor:
*Joern Langhorst, Diploma, University of Hannover
Senior Instructors:
*Lori Catalano, MLA, University of Pennsylvania
*Charles Chase, MA, University of Colorado
*Anthony R. Mazzeo, MLA, University of Pennsylvania
*John Lanterman, MLA, University of Colorado
*Leila Tolderlund, MLA, University of Colorado

Additional information about faculty in this department is available online here.

*Also teach graduate courses.


The master of landscape architecture (MLA) program examines relationships among the landscape, people and culture, and promotes integrated responses to the design challenges presented through this inquiry. In developing design responses, students not only acknowledge the current practice of landscape architecture, they question, invent, create, test and advance their knowledge to engage the profession and address new challenges. The goal of this program is superior education, scholarly research and meaningful service in the discipline and practice of landscape architecture in a rapidly evolving global context.

The program’s “laboratories” are diverse. The “local laboratory,” found in the urban, suburban, rural and wilderness landscapes mainly associated with the Mountain, Front Range, High Prairie and Western Slope regions of Colorado is partnered with “site-based laboratories” in urban and rural centers outside of the state. Both contexts present diverse cultural and environmental situations and opportunities, which shape regionally responsive landscape design and planning. Imperatives within the public and private realms of these landscapes fuel the academic and research agenda. The knowledge and experience derived in these settings apply globally to multiple scales and cultures.

Sample topics include explorations of:

  • Planning and design leading to the making of healthy, sustainable cities and regenerative communities
  • Challenges associated with urban and suburban growth and development
  • The role and production of civic infrastructure
  • The use and conservation of land and water resources
  • Reclamation and reinvention of disturbed or marginalized sites and communities
  • The preservation of historic landscapes and their role in cultural identity
  • The recognition of cultural values of the region and their expression in built form

Within this context, UC Denver’s Department of Landscape Architecture links theory with practice, history with change, technology with invention and designers with their constituents.

Program Objectives

The department has developed four broad program objectives in support of our mission. These objectives describe what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate and are linked to a series of measurable student learning outcomes. The four specific educational objectives are: 

  • Design: Students will be able to formulate questions and arguments about landscape and its role as a significant cultural medium, and determine processes and practices that lead to transformative actions based on ethical, communicative and content knowledge criteria.
  • Communication and Representation: Students will be able to speak, write, create and employ appropriate representational media to effectively convey ideas on subject matter contained in the professional curriculum to a variety of audiences. 
  • Professional Ethics: Students will be able to critically evaluate local and global ramifications of social issues, diverse cultures, economic and ecological systems and professional practice as guiding principles for design thinking and implementation.
  • Content Knowledge: Students will be able to develop a critical understanding, and application, of the histories, theories and practices of landscape architecture and its role in reflecting and shaping culture and environments.





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