The Cultural Landscape Foundation
November 13, 2009: Shaping America’s Heartland: Reflections on Landscape Architecture in the Midwest


Elen Deming

M. Elen Deming is Professor and Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds the Doctor of Design degree and an MLA from Harvard Design School, as well as an MA in Art History and BA in Environmental Studies. Formerly, she was Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Since 1993, she has taught history and theory of landscape architecture, as well as foundation and advanced landscape design studios. While at SUNY ESF, Deming served the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) as co-editor of Landscape Journal with James F. Palmer (emeritus, SUNY ESF), from 2002, and she assumed the role of sole editor from 2006 until Fall 2009.  Deming believes that the best way to advance the discipline is for landscape architects to reframe practical problems as intellectual opportunities. She is currently co-authoring a book on research strategies in landscape architecture, that help designers realize the deeper clarity, beauty, and utility of integrating research in practice.







Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain, Millenium Park, Chicago.