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Department Research and Service Centers

Landscape Architecture faculty direct and participate in a number of research and service centers.

Center for Community Design Research (CCDR)
Maren King, Director

The Center for Community Design Research (CCDR) is an outreach program within SUNY ESF Department of Landscape Architecture. Working in partnership with communities, elected officials, agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other academic programs, the CCDR provides technical assistance, educational programs, and research projects that build community capacity to manage sustainable futures.

working om a project

Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation (CCLP)
John Auwaerter, Director

The SUNY ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation, based in the Department of Landscape Architecture, supports the education of landscape architects and students in related professions as best stewards of the cultural environment. The Center brings together interdisciplinary expertise from across ESF, the National Park Service, state parks, and other partners to address challenges in preserving our landscape heritage.


Center for the Urban Environment (CUE)
Margaret Bryant, Director

The Center for the Urban Environment integrates and highlights ecological issues in urban settings. The same principles of systems ecology apply in urban environments as in natural ones, but renewed interest exists in the United States and globally to integrate our understanding of ecological processes as influenced by humans in populated areas.

a building in construction

Service Learning

The Department of Landscape Architecture engages in service learning to both assist communities and to provide rich learning experiences for our students.  The Department, primarily through the Center for Community Design Research (CCDR) but also through individual faculty initiatives, regularly engages in diverse service learning activities.

students looking at their work

Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect Archives

The Fletcher Steele Archives at the Franklin L. Moon Library of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in collaboration with Landscape Architecture, are pleased to be able to provide access to the archives of this important designer. Donated to the college in 1974, these archives contain a large portion of Steele's professional records, including original drawings, blueprints, client order books, as well as his personal lantern slides, negatives, books and other papers.

a hill