Landscape Architecture College of Design

Lance Neckar

Department Head and Professor

Co-editor, Landscape Journal

  • MLA, Harvard University
  • MALA, University of Wisconsin


Sustainable and resilient landscapes are multifunctional landscapes. They provide ecosystems services in an aesthetic based in the integration of disciplinary breadth and depth, political, social, cultural, economic and environmental imperatives. In an urbanizing world of shortage in collision with excess, multifunctional landscapes and access to them necessitate landscape architecture. Today we have a chance to build this base through the integration of practice and academe. In the studio and in applied research and outreach Neckar has focused on the values of integrated design and the making of multifunctional urban landscapes. With Assistant Professor John Comazzi, and Lecturer Vincent deBritto, he has run AIA-award winning joint Landscape Architecture and Architecture studios on the repurposing of urban brownfields at the Ford Plant and the NSP Island site.

Professor Lance Neckar is, with Professor David Pitt, the co-editor of Landscape Journal, the North American academic journal of the field. His most recent applied research has focused on transportation, integrative infrastructure and urban design. Neckar was the principal investigator and lead author of the Transportation section of the Minnesota State Conservation Plan for the Legislative and Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources.



  • Neckar, Lance. 2005. Berlin: Topology of Contemplation. In Contemporary Landscapes of Contemplation. ed. Rebecca Krinke, 139–170. New York: Routledge.
  • Neckar, Lance. 2005. Polity and Politeness at Castle Howard: Awed and Angry Visitors in a Baroque Landscape Architecture. In Baroque Garden Cultures: Emulation, Sublimation, Subversion: Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium Series in the History of Landscape Architecture. ed. Michel Conan, 385–414. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Neckar, Lance, and Dan Nadenicek. 2002. New introduction to Horace Cleveland’s Landscape Architecture, as Applied to the Wants of the West, reprint of 1873 edition. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.


  • AIA Education Honor Award [with John Comazzi and Vince deBritto]
  • Center for Transportation Studies Faculty Scholar
  • Founding Fellow, Institute on the Environment
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin
  • MASLA Lob Pine Award
  • MASLA Honor Award, Main Street Menomonie
  • Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Outstanding Educator Award
  • College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Ralph Rapson Teaching Award
  • College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Roy Jones Research Award


  • Salevich Foundation and Institute on Environment. Monitoring and modeling.
  • Moving Communities Forward. American Institute of Architects and University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies
  • State of Minnesota Conservation Plan. Transportation sub-section [with James Barton]

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