Join Us! We have an open faculty position

February 26, 2024

We have an open, full-time, career-track Assistant Professor position. We are looking for someone to join us who has an interest in design justice, climate, and open-ended pedagogy. We have wonderful students, faculty, and staff, with teaching greenhouse, farm, and forest nearby.

More details are found here.  Please reach out with questions:

Senior Liz Helmin wins CTASLA Honor Award

February 22, 2024

Senior Liz Helmin won a CTASLA Honor Award for her project for LAND 3430: Design III.

Project Description: The goal in redesigning downtown Storrs was to provide a seasonally inclusive space that emphasized the importance of placemaking opportunities for visitors, Mansfield residents, EO Smith students, and UConn students. The design included wind and solar/heat mitigation tactics such as the implementation of water in Betsy Patterson Square and shade options including vegetation throughout the downtown. The design pitch emphasized these interventions to take place over a certain period of time and in different stages, allowing there to be time for proper construction documentation and funding to take place. This experience allowed students to meet with Storrs community members and officials, provide design options including site furnishings, stormwater management, and wind mitigation methods, as well as strengthen presentation/communication skills when in dialogue with this community.

Comments from judges: "I really appreciated the process illustrated by the submission. The work clearly illustrates how analysis informed the process of design and allowed the designer to create a unique design that related to the specific site. The graphics were simplistic and powerful allowing for me to visualize the final design and understand the concepts included. I appreciated the thoughts put into not only the user experience but some of the technical aspects of design such as stormwater and materials...

Guest Speaker February 26th

February 21, 2024

If you are interested in working for USDA agencies, such as ARS and NRCS as a soil scientist, and would like to learn their requirements and job application processes and tips, please join the on-line Q&A event. We have invited USDA-ARS soil scientist Dr. Curtis Ransom and USDA-ARS hiring manger Melinda Nunnally to discuss tips and processes to prepare yourself to become a USDA soil scientist or certified soil scientist and answer questions you may have. The event is at 3:00-4:00PM next Monday, Feb. 26th.

Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 23 at

The WebEx link will be sent to you after your RSVP.

PSLA Department Office Closed 1/15/24

January 12, 2024

The PSLA Administrative Office will be closed on Monday, January 15th, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

We will return to the office on January 16th, 2024 to start the Spring 2024 semester. 

PSLA Administrative Office Closed 12/25/23 – 1/1/24

December 22, 2023

The PSLA Administrative Office will be closed from Monday December 25th, 2023 through January 1st, 2024 for the holiday break. Limited staff will be working remotely on Dec 27-29 and the PSLA mailbox will be monitored, during that time. We will return to the office on January 2nd, 2024. Please plan accordingly.

We hope you have a peaceful and safe holiday season!




LA Graduate Student Openings

October 24, 2022

We are an energetic community of researchers working at the intersection of design, climate, justice, governance, and socio-ecological systems. We are committed to imagining a better planet for human and non-human constituents and we are seeking graduate students to help us with these endeavors across our four labs. LA_Grad_Student_Openings

LA Student Victor Cizik receives ASLA scholarship

September 21, 2022

UConn Student Victor Cizik receives the competitive 2022 ASLA Council of Fellows Scholarship. Victor’s interests lie in landscape projects that deal with streetscape and urban design, specifically designing cities and towns to be more pedestrian-friendly and less reliant on cars. In his free time, he likes to hike, explore with friends, and take photos on film cameras.

Congratulations Victor!

Dr. Sohyun Park receives CELA Faculty Service-Learning Award

Dr. Sohyun Park receives CELA 2022 Faculty Service-Learning Award for her scholarship, teaching, and professional engagement devoted to the promotion of ecosystem services in cities and landscapes. Dr. Park’s research interest includes the pattern, function, and services of urban green spaces and their relevance to environmental sustainability and community resilience. With her research topics on urbanism, landscape, and ecology, she seeks to understand a unifying theme of “landscape” as a holistic socio-ecological system.

Congratulations Dr. Park!

UConn students take second place in the EPA rainwater challenge

A team of UConn students, faculty, and staff advisors has won second place in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2021 Campus RainWorks Challenge. Their impressive project, called  Ecologic - L.I. Sound, presents a redesign of UConn's Avery Point Campus to address stormwater runoff and promote terrestrial and marine ecological health.

Congratulations to the team!

Please read more here