The Canyon House Residency at Utah State University (USU) seeks to recognize thought leaders in landscape architecture, environmental planning, and related disciplines who are interested in exploring opportunities for inspiration, research, collaboration, and renewal.

The Canyon House is situated on the foothills of a mountain valley in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, just steps from a national forest and at the crossroads of the American West. It is intimately linked to a thriving academic community and connected with one of the most diverse landscapes in North America. Ultimately, this program seeks to foster meaningful innovation within the discipline that will positively impact the next generation of landscape architects and planners.

The Residency

Aerial photo of Utah State University campus at sunset.

The Canyon House Residency is offered by the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) Department at USU.

The program provides full access to LAEP research facilities, and supports personal interaction with students and faculty within the LAEP Department. This unique setting provides the time, space, and collaboration needed to encourage the exploration of new research paths and enable the critical thinking necessary to propel the landscape-driven design disciplines into distinct areas of thought. Experience this cross-disciplinary opportunity to explore alternative ideas, collaborative student-engagement, and some of the world’s most stunning and diverse landscapes.

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Past Participants

Landscape Architect, Design Workshop/Tahoe (Murray), Landscape Architect,Loci (Drew), Emerging Alumnus from USU (Tomlin) Tyson Murray, McKenna Drew & Stephanie Tomlin Richard Shaw Principal Design Workshop Kurt Culbertson Chairman/CEO at Design Workshop Forster Ndubsi Professor and Department Head, Departmentof Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M Joan Nassauer Professor at School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan Carl Steinitz Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professorof Landscape Architecture and Planning, Harvard GSD Grant Jones American Landscape Architect, Poet and Founder of Jones and Jones Jennifer Guthrie Founding Partner, Gustafson, Guthrie, Nichol Senior Associate Landscape Architect at Sasaki Anna Cawrse Henry Beer Founder of CommArts Jeremy Keele Managing Partner & Co-Founder at Catalyst Opportunity Funds Heather Morgan & Todd Fein Sustainability and Risk Management Lead at AECOM (Morgan)CEO at Green Diamond (Fein) Landscape Architect, Environmental Planning Group Brett Hoffer Andrew Gulliford The Role of Beauty in Design Andrew Sargeant Vice President of The Urban Studio, LAF Olmsted Scholar Fellow Perry Howard & Karen Phillips Department Head, North Carolina A and T/Past President ASLA (Howard), Director, NYC Region New York State Parks/Director, Abyssinian Development Corp. (Phillips) Kenneth Helphand Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon Chair & Professor at the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah Stacey Harwood Jamie Maslyn Larson Director of Landscape Architectureat BIG NYC Peter Walker American Landscape Architect and the founder of PWP Landscape Architecture Martha Schwartz Founding Principal, Martha Schwartz Partners Shalae Larsen & Sharen Hauri Principal Landscape Architect at LandArch (Larsen), Director at Urban Design at South Salt Lake City Hall (Hauri) Gary Hilderbrand Co-founder, Reed Hilderbrand Frederick Steiner Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (Penn Design)

The Region

Carl Steinitz Alexander and Victoria WileyProfessor of LandscapeArchitecture and Planning,Harvard GSD Landscape Architect, Design Workshop/Tahoe (Murray), Landscape Architect, Loci (Drew), Emerging Alumnus from USU (Tomlin) Tyson Murray, McKenna Drew &Stephanie Tomlin Richard Shaw Principal Design Workshop Kurt Culbertson Chairman/CEO at Design Workshop Joan Nassauer Professor at School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan Jennifer Guthrie Founding Partner, Gustafson, Guthrie, Nichol Senior Associate Landscape Architect at Sasaki Anna Cawrse Grant Jones American Landscape Architect, Poet and Founder of Jones and Jones Jeremy Keele Managing Partner & Co-Founder at Catalyst Opportunity Funds Landscape Architect, Environmental Planning Group Brett Hoffer Andrew Gulliford The Role of Beauty in Design Perry Howard & Karen Phillips Department Head, North Carolina A and T/ Past President ASLA (Howard) Director, NYC Region New York State Parks/Director, Abyssinian Development Corp. (Phillips) Kenneth Helphand Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon Chair & Professor at the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah Stacey Harwood Jamie Maslyn Larson Director of Landscape Architectureat BIG NYC Peter Walker American Landscape Architect and the founder of PWP Landscape Architecture Martha Schwartz Founding Principal, Martha Schwartz Partners Shalae Larsen & Sharen Hauri Principal Landscape Architect at LandArch (Larsen), Director at Urban Design at South Salt Lake City Hall (Hauri) Past Participants Henry Beer Founder of CommArts Forster Ndubsi Professor and Department Head,Department of LandscapeArchitecture, Texas A&M Heather Morgan & Todd Fein Sustainability and Risk Management Lead at AECOM (Morgan)CEO at Green Diamond (Fein) Gary Hilderbrand Co-founder, Reed Hilderbrand Frederick Steiner Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (Penn Design) Andrew Sargeant Vice President of The Urban Studio, LAF Olmsted Scholar Fellow
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Located in Logan, Utah, the Canyon House Residency sits at the mouth of Logan Canyon, a unique corridor just minutes from hiking, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, and world-class rock climbing.

Situated in the heart of the Intermountain West, it is central to a much more expansive network of national parks and diverse geographies. Within a five-hour radius you can access eight national parks (Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Arches, Capitol Reef, Great Basin, CanyonLands, Bryce and Zion), world-class public lands, wilderness, and adventure for every season. With access to Salt Lake City and its international airport only one and a half hours away you can get lost and found in no time.

Located in Logan, Utah, the Canyon House Residency sits at the mouth of Logan Canyon, a unique corridor just minutes from hiking, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, and world-class rock climbing.

Situated in the heart of the Intermountain West, it is central to a much more expansive network of national parks and diverse geographies. Within a five-hour radius you can access eight national parks (Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Arches, Capitol Reef, Great Basin, CanyonLands, Bryce and Zion), world-class public lands, wilderness, and adventure for every season. With access to Salt Lake City and its international airport only one and a half hours away you can get lost and found in no time.

The House

Closeup photo of the Canyon House entrance.

The Canyon House is a 1940’s-era bungalow that was recently transformed into an energy efficient, ADA compliant home and landscape by LAEP students.

The exterior utilizes rainwater harvesting and energy efficient materials. 75% of the operational electricity is produced with wind and solar power generation. The interior has been completely remodeled and the landscaping uses water-wise plantings. In addition to providing a home-base for participants in the residency program, the house demonstrates ways in which an old structure can be improved, made accessible, energy efficient and still fit visually within its neighborhood.

The Department

Students construct paper models of trees, water, and buildings in a classroom.

USU’s Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning department is one of the oldest landscape architecture programs in the country.

Established in 1939, the program has grown from just one faculty member and two graduates to 16 faculty members and over 1,600 graduates. We have an established legacy of excellence that is made possible by our dedicated faculty and exceptional students, and continued by graduates working globally at the top levels of the profession. Our reputation is built on a commitment to research and teaching in sustainability, economy, environment and community. LAEP offers a bachelors, masters, and an interdisciplinary PhD degree in landscape architecture and environmental planning.

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The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University invites applicants for the Canyon House Residency’s Spring 2021 Distinguished Visiting Professorship.

Requirements

The Canyon House Residency was established to bring to campus excellent practitioners and scholars in landscape-driven design disciplines to engage with our students. Candidates in all fields are welcome, but special consideration will be given to practitioners and scholars who have demonstrated expertise in social and environmental justice. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their practice and research to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. The Distinguished Visiting Professorship may be variable in length, up to a one-semester position, with commensurate residence and salary. Residence in the Canyon House may be extended through the summer.

We intend to make appointments for one semester, either Fall or Spring depending on availability, each academic year.

Expectations

The Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Canyon House Residency will be expected to:

  1. Teach in LAEP courses, provide one culminating lecture, and collaborate with our students and faculty to amplify their practice-readiness and support our commitment to mentoring underrepresented groups in the field of landscape architecture and environmental planning.
  2. Contribute to LAEP’s commitment to support the participation of women in the profession as a mentor and exemplary role model with whom our students may engage.
  3. Amplify our students’ exposure to the current practice of landscape architecture and/or environmental planning through the recipient’s expertise and experience in the field.
  4. Provide LAEP’s undergraduate and graduate students with progressive instruction and professional training in the recipient’s realm of practice.
Application Materials

Interested applicants should apply online (follow the 'Apply Now' link below). The application deadline is Monday, November 30, 2020. The following materials will be required:

  1. A cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the Canyon House Residency’s Distinguished Visiting Professorship;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A brief prospectus of the research, student engagement, and/or other pertinent activities to be undertaken during the Canyon House Residency, including preferred length of residency;
  4. The names and contact information of three referees, at least one of whom should be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s teaching ability.
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