Philanthropy

Philanthropy

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Philanthropy

We are grateful for the continued support of our alumni, emeriti faculty, and community members.

Your generosity makes significant contributions to our students' lives.

Gray Design Building Campaign

Since 1992, the E. S. Good Barn has been our home base. In this space, hundreds of students learned to become landscape architects. In 2024, we will be moving into the state-of-the-art, adaptive reuse Gray Design Building. We are delighted to have rooms in this building named by some of our alumni (below). Their generous donations provide much needed financial lifts, but they do something deeper: they help carry our past success as a program to our new home, where we will make new memories among the next generations of landscape architects.

To explore philanthropic gifts (of any size), contact Don Witt, the Assistant Vice President of Philanthropy for UK. We would be so pleased to see more spaces in the Gray Design Building named by our alumni and friends; we are equally eager to grow our scholarship funds.

Photograph of John Carman on the left and image from one of CARMAN's projects on the right
John L. Carman Landscape Architecture Collaborative Studio
Together with his wife Elaine, John L. Carman, PLA, FASLA (UKLA '76) has donated $25,000 for the John L. Carman Landscape Architecture Collaborative Studio, an undergraduate studio in the Gray Design Building. As founder and Senior Principal at the Lexington- and Louisville-based firm CARMAN, John has been a tireless advocate for the landscape architecture profession and for the importance of collaboration across planning, design, and engineering disciplines. “I feel that the great partnerships we have with many design firms has elevated our profession’s voice in improving the built environment.” 

 

Photograph of Mark Taylor and work by his company, Architerra
Architerra Group Landscape Architecture Director’s Office 
Mark Taylor (UKLA '96), who serves on the Landscape Architecture advisory board, has pledged $15,000 for the Architerra Group Landscape Architecture Director's Office. “As I’ve progressed personally and professionally, I’m often reminded of my time at UK,” he said. “Aside from the lifelong friendships, I’ve also come to greatly value the training and knowledge I received. And I’m excited for the Landscape Architecture program to move into the Gray Design Building and to cohabitate with the other design groups.” 

 

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Billy Van Pelt Black Box
With a lifetime focused on land conservation, Billy Van Pelt (UKLA '97) has pledged $25,000 for The Black Box, an area in the Gray Design Building for students to professionally photograph work for their portfolios. Van Pelt is the Director of External Relations and Senior Advisor at American Farmland Trust, the agricultural land trust that designs innovative conservation programs.

 

Photograph of Elinor Markle next to one of her firm's projects
Elinor Bennett Markle Landscape Architecture Studio
Realizing the significance her degree from UK had on her career, Elinor Markle (UKLA '87) has pledged $25,000 for the Elinor Bennett Markle Landscape Architecture Studio, an undergraduate studio in the Gray Design Building. Markle feels the course of study in landscape architecture changed her life and helped her find a career she truly enjoyed. She is making this gift to support the program and help its students achieve similar fulfillment.

 

UKLA Accounts

We welcome donations to any of our accounts below. To learn more about donations, you may contact Don Witt, UK's Assistant Vice President for Philanthropy. You may also contribute to UKLA funds directly through UK Network for Good or by sending a check to UKLA with the account name in the memo line.

LA Program Enrichment Endowment  

The LA Program Enrichment Endowment supports activities that enhance student education in the Department of Landscape Architecture. This includes student travel, guest lecturers, workshops, and other educational programs. 

William Ray Professorship Endowment  

The William Ray Professorship Endowment supports continuing education endeavors, such as lectures and workshops that benefit students and regional professionals.  

Bill Ray was a landscape architect and owner of a highly successful design-build firm in Louisville. He was not an alumnus of UKLA, but he had a continuing interest in the success of the Department of Landscape Architecture and generously established this fund with a bequest. 

David Spaeth Memorial Endowment  

The David Spaeth Memorial Endowment supports urban design focused lectures. 

David Spaeth taught in the School of Architecture until his death in 1994. For many years, he taught the introductory studio in Landscape Architecture along with his course the History of Urban Form. David Spaeth’s sons established the fund along with matching gifts from friends of David and the department. 

Landscape Architecture Discretionary Fund 

The Discretionary Fund is a non-endowed fund that provides support for student and faculty travel, workshops, lectures, and equipment. 

Tom and Jan Nieman Education Abroad Fund

The Tom and Jan Nieman Education Abroad Fund supports students participating in the Department of Landscape Architecture’s faculty-led international study programs. Tom and Jan Nieman established the fund with a lead gift along with matching gifts from friends of the department. 

Thomas Nieman, PhD, FASLA, was a faculty member in the Department of Landscape Architecture (1976-2016). Tom led many travel programs in Asia, Europe, and South America and was a proponent of the educational benefits of international travel.  

Jane Martin Delker Memorial Scholarship

The memorial scholarship supports upper level non-traditional students majoring in Landscape Architecture.  

Jane Delker was a returning student who graduated from UKLA in 1994 and went on to a career at the landscape architecture firm Carman in Lexington. Jane’s husband Bill established the fund with a lead gift along with matching gifts from friends of Jane and of the department. 

Mansbach Scholarship 

The Mansbach Scholarship supports Kentucky residents entering the University of Kentucky as first year Landscape Architecture majors and who have 1) a demonstrated potential for academic excellence and/or 2) financial need. Preference is given to student(s) from Boyd County; second preference to student(s) from Greenup, Carter or Lawrence Counties; and third preference to student(s) from all other Kentucky counties.  

The Mansbach Scholarship originated with Robin Mansbach, who graduated from UKLA in 1980.

Horst Schach Scholarship  

The Horst Schach Scholarship supports beginning Landscape Architecture students showing exceptional intellectual growth, design ability, and studio engagement in their first year of studio courses. Horst Schach established the fund with a lead gift along with matching gifts from friends of the department.  

Horst Schach, FASLA, began teaching at UK in 1969. He developed the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and later became the first chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. 

Contact Information

Christopher K. Sass, Ph. D.
Associate Professor and Chair

S305 Agriculture Science Building 1100 S. Limestone Lexington, KY 40546-0091

+1 (859) 257-7295

UKLA@uky.edu