Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes

University of Oregon – Department of Landscape Architecture

Overlook Seminar Lectures

The Overlook seminar invites a range of international experts to speak to the class. Guest lectures are open to the public, providing a forum for the community to learn about and discuss the seminar topic.


Chelsea McCann + Nathan Kappen | Degraded Sites

Walker Macy | landscape architecture, urban design and planning

Jonathan Beaver | Socially Constructed Spaces

2ink Studios

Nico Wright | Resilient by Design

CMG Landscape Architecture

David Shaw | Climate Forecasts for Pacific Northwest Forests

HJ Andrew’s Experimental Forests

Isaac Cohen + Gwen McGinn | Overlook Artists in Residence

studio Outside


Peter Del Tridici

Applied Ecology and Planning, MIT

Andrew Lavallee

SITEWORKS, New York City

Brian Davis

Professor of the Built Environment at Cornell University


Katie Jenkins

Assistant Professor of landscape architecture, The Ohio State University
Leaving tracks: Lessons from the field

Kate Kennon

Principal, Offshoots Productive Landscapes
Photo: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design

Field visits:
Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission
Sanipac transfer station and landfill
Rexius industrial composting facility
Seneca Sawmill and co-generation plant


Crystal Grinnell

Water Resources Engineer, Biohabitats

Beavers: Wetland construction and groundwater recharge

Karen Lewis

Associate Professor of Architecture, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University

Artful data: Designing the interpretation and visual communication of research

Joseph Guthrie

Conservation Biologist, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architecture

Bears: Structural changes in the landscape and trophic cascades

James Gibbs

Professor of Vertebrate Conservation Biology, SUNY ESF; Director, Roosevelt Wildlife Station; Adjunct scientist, Galapagos Conservancy

Leaving tracks: Lessons from the field

Clive Jones

Terrestrial ecologist, Carey Institute of Ecosystem Studies

General principles for predicting change and co-creating with animals

Alex Felson

Assistant professor, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Director, Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory

Designed experiments: Artful monitoring for ecosystem change


Pat McDowell

Department of Geography, University of Oregon

Fluvial and eolian geomorphology, effects of human impacts on streams and watersheds

Katherine Rinne

California College of Art

Water infrastructures: potable water and sanitation in Rome

David Rubin

Land Collective

Design with water in the works of Land | Collective

Jason King

Herrera & TERRA.fluxus

Hidden Hydrology: using design to reveal ecological truths

Kevin Nute

Vital Architecture

The phenomenology of water


Land Art Generator InitiativeElizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry: Regenerative Infrastructures

Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian are the founders of the Land Art Generator Initiative, and partners in the design firm StudiedImpact.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) aims to design and construct public art installations that have the added benefit of utility-scale clean energy generation.

LAGI presents the power plant as public artwork, simultaneously enhancing the environment, increasing livability, providing a venue for learning, and stimulating local economic development. By nature of their functional utility, LAGI designs combine overlapping disciplines from architecture and urban design to mechanical engineering and environmental science. This interdisciplinary result has the effect of both enhancing the level of innovation and broadening the audience for the work.


Jerry Franklin

Professor of Ecosystem Analysis at the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle

Chris Maser

Forest Ecology and Social – Environmental Sustainability

Michael Nelson

Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy

H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Writers-in-Residence program

Lindsay Reaves

Forestry Educator, FTF

The Bauman Tree Farm

Nicole Strong

Assistant Professor, Forest Ecosystems & Society Department

Oregon State University

Fred Swanson

Research Geologist

HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long Term Ecological Research

Jenna Tilt

Assistant Professor, Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Resource Management, Oregon State University

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