A brief chronological history of the program:

  • 1969 - A full-time Landscape Architect, Prof. Horst Schach, was hired to teach landscape design courses in response to growing pressure in Kentucky to expand in the landscape architecture area.
  • 1972-1973 - A formal proposal for a degree program in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) was made by the College of Agriculture.
  • 1976 - By action of the Board of Trustees, the Landscape Architecture Program was approved and the Department of Horticulture was designated as the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Horst Schach is appointed Program Chairman.
  • 1978 - Initial accreditation visit, resulting in initial two year accreditation.
  • 1980 - Accreditation visit results in full accreditation.
  • 1980 - A selective admission policy was approved by the Faculty Senate.
  • 1982 - Major revision of curriculum - five year program, professional numbering series for courses, and +/- designation for grading system instituted.
  • 1989 - Findings of the 1989 accreditation visit granted a three-year provisional status. The critical deficiency cited by the visiting team was that of inadequate facilities.
  • 1990 - Work began to implement plan for new facilities.
  • 1992 - Studios are moved to E.S. Good Barn.
  • 1995 - Program received full-time teaching position for introductory studio which previously had been the responsibility of the College of Architecture.
  • 1999 - Department status granted for Landscape Architecture with one additional faculty position.
  • 1999 - UK Student Chapter ASLA hosts a successful LABASH.
  • 1999 - An additional faculty position was added to the department.
  • 2004 - First student initiated Career Day held in February. The event is held now each year as Portfolio Review Day.
  • 2006 - Professor Ned Crankshaw recognized by the ASLA Professional Awards – Analysis and Planning.
  • 2007 - E.S. Good Barn is wired (and wireless) for Internet access for direct student access and students required to bring personal computer to studio.
  • 2008 - First UK student team recognized by the ASLA Student Awards – Community Service
  • 2009 - Ned Crankshaw first faculty member promoted from associate professor to professor with tenure since program became an identifiable department
  • 2009 - Brian Lee first faculty member promoted from assistant to associate professor with tenure since program became an identifiable department
  • 2009 - Brian Lee recognized as a Teaching Fellow by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
  • 2011 - Ned Crankshaw appointed as Chair of department
  • 2011 - Carolina Segura hired as 9-month lecturer
  • 2011 - International Study becomes program requirement with entering class
  • 2011 - Credit bearing Professional Internship becomes program requriement for entering class
  • 2012 - Horst Schach becomes Emeritus Professor
  • 2012 - Design Week held with DesignWorkshop – Aspen
  • 2013 - First faculty member appointed with Extension appointment in addition to instructional responsibilities,  Jayoung Koo
  • 2013 - Christopher Sass hired as a faculty member with an emphasis in water resources
  • 2014 - Approval earned to transition from a 5-year to a 4-year undergraduate degree following changes to LA curriculum and a substantial reduction (15 credits) in general education requirements (UK Core)
  • 2014 - Ryan Hargrove promoted from assistant to associate professor with tenure
  • 2014 - Brian D. Lee recognized by CELA for Service-Learning – Senior
  • 2016 - Tasha Cotter hired as Academic Coordinator
  • 2017 - The Department of Landscape Architecture becomes the home for Landscape Journal