Landscape architecture students trek across Midwest


Courtesy photo: Morgan Aalgaard

News – Landscape Architecure

Jacob Stewart

For the entirety of their fall semester, 36 students and three professors in landscape architecture traveled across the Midwest and through the South in a mobile and natural classroom setting.

The Savannah Studio is a trip organized to give a different type of education to students who can afford the $1,800 price tag to live out of a suitcase for a semester.

Ryan Anderson, sophomore in landscape architecture, said that over the course of three months, he and his group walked and drove through North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Kentucky and Louisiana. Sketching was a daily activity for the students, a required exercise to keep their creative processes in top gear.

“We did these things called ‘design interventions,’ where we would take part of a city and make it work better with the rest of the surrounding area,” Anderson said. “It was definitely an experience you won’t get anywhere else.”

“It was really great to get out of the classroom [and] experience things instead of just learning them,” said Morgan Aalgaard, sophomore in landscape architecture.

The trip has been an ongoing opportunity in the College of Design for 11 years.

Leading the trip were Michael Martin, associate professor of landscape architecture; Julie Stevens, lecturer of landscape architecture; and Gary Hightshoe, professor of landscape architecture.

A gallery displaying the artwork made by students on the trip will be available for viewing during an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the College of Design’s room 181. Admission is free.