Alumni and Friends Gather to Celebrate 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at Ohio State

More than 200 alumni, emeriti faculty and friends of the program returned to the Ohio State campus to take part in the Landscape Architecture Centennial Celebrations held in Knowlton Hall during Homecoming Week 2015.

On Thursday evening, October 8, the Knowlton School hosted the kick-off Centennial Celebration Alumni Reception and Exhibition Opening. Guests enjoyed the opening of the exhibition Landscape by Hand: The First 80 years of LARCH at Ohio State in the school’s Banvard Gallery; viewed contemporary student work on display immediately outside the Gallery; and took tours of Knowlton Hall where, throughout the building, ten large Timeline banners depicted a decade-by-decade chronology of the program, its faculty and students. The official program for the evening included comments by Knowlton School Director Mike Cadwell and by Landscape Architecture Section Head Dorothée Imbert, and a special presentation by alumni Kathleen Fox (BSLA ’80), Brian Kinzelman (BSLA ’77) and Keith Myers (BSLA ’78) who announced the creation of the new Lawrence W. Walquist, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund. Named to honor Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture Larry Walquist, this new endowment will provide financial support for undergraduate landscape architecture students at the Knowlton School.

The celebration continued on Friday afternoon with Studio Day, which invited program alumni into landscape architecture studios to meet with current students and explore the kinds of themes and projects the program’s students are addressing in studio today. Beginning at 5 p.m. on the Knowlton Hall East Patio, the school hosted a Cookout and Homecoming Parade Watch Party. The 2015 Homecoming Parade included a float designed and built by Ohio State's Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SCASLA).

Finally, on Saturday morning before the OSU-Maryland football game, the school hosted an alumni Homecoming Reunion brunch buffet on the Ruscilli Terrace, overlooking Ohio Stadium.

Review the above slideshow for photos from Homecoming Week’s Landscape Architecture Centennial Celebrations!