Welcome to the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design!
I am honored to serve as the Interim Chair and look forward to working with faculty and students to continue the impressive work of the department. Our talented students and distinguished faculty enjoy an impressive record of awards and accomplishments, and the department has established itself as the academic leader in South Florida.
The Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design is predicated on the belief that our co-existence with the natural environment must be thoughtfully and collaboratively considered. Some of the department’s interdisciplinary collaborations include: Professor Juan Bueno’s research on the Spanish patio and Havana, Instructor Marta Canaves’s work with Associate Dean Marilys Nepomechie on Sea Level Rise, and Associate Professor Ebru Ozer’s collaboration with Associate Dean Shahin Vassigh and Architecture Associate Professor Thomas Spiegelhalter on the book Best Practices in Sustainable Building Design (J.Ross).
If you have not done so already, visit the “Sky Lounge.” This extraordinary work of landscape architecture cannot be missed. Located at FIU’s Deuxieme Maison (DM) courtyard, this project – led by Associate Professor Roberto Rovira and developed collaboratively with LAEUD students and FIU’s facilities management department – is one of the most enjoyable spaces on campus and an amazing demonstration of what this department can do.
I look forward to working with everyone this year, and I invite you to view the department’s remarkable videos, which truly encapsulate the spirit of the department, its mission, and its work.
Jason Chandler, AIA
Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design