Penn State’s landscape architecture undergraduate program is the best in the country, providing students with hands-on experiences both in and out of the classroom.
Stuart Echols, associate professor of landscape architecture, encourages his students to explore new innovations in green infrastructure.
“The reason I think it is important for our students to have the background in green infrastructure is that they are the ones that are going to need to be leading the way,” Echols said in a video that is part of Penn State Public Media's “Water Blues, Green Solutions,” an interactive documentary about water issues across the country.
His dedication, coupled with that of the rest of the department, translates not only into curriculum for landscape architecture students, but also extracurricular engagement. According to Echols, undergraduates are participating in design competitions on their own — not for class credit.
Wilson Lee is one such student. Lee and his peers participate in an annual competition through the Environmental Protection Agency to design a space on campus that integrates stormwater systems. This particular group of Penn State students is implementing a design for Pollock Commons. For the full story and video, click here.