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Landscape Architecture Program

Phone: (208) 885-7448
Fax: (208) 885-9428
E-mail: larch@uidaho.edu

University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2481
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2481

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Gary Austin


Office: AA 211
Phone: (208) 885-7448
Email: gaustin@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Landscape Architecture program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2481
Moscow, ID 83844-24841

College of Art & Architecture
Landscape Architecture program
Associate Professor

Home Town: Monte Vista, Colorado
With UI Since 1991


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Design and construction of constructed wetlands for wastewater, stormwater treatment and for habitat and recreation
    • Green infrastructure for the integration of stormwater, recreation, habitat and utilities
    • History of landscape architecture, especially villa and town morphology in Italy
  • Biography

    My professional practice and consulting experience includes: US Army Corps of Engineers, Purkiss-Rose Associates, and my own firm, Environments, in Seattle WA.

  • Selected Publications
    • 2012, Laninga, T; Austin, G; McClure, W. “University/Community Engagement in Small Western Towns:  Preserving Rural Character and Enhancing Community Sustainability through Service-Learning Partnerships” in Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 5 (1).
    • 2012, Austin, G. “Multi-Functional Ecological Corridors in Urban Development” Spaces and Flows Journal, 2 (1).
    • 2012, Austin, G. “Design and Performance of Bioretention Beds for Removal of Stormwater Contaminants,” Journal of Green Building 7 (1)
    • 2012, Austin, G. “Embedded Values In Landscape Infrastructure” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Conference.  Paper in review.
    • 2011, Austin, G. “Food Security Adaptation Plans: Climate Change and Rural Communities” in Rural Connections Journal. June 2011.
    • 2011, Austin, G. “Advances in Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater and Stormwater Treatment”. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference Proceedings. Paper in review.
    • 2010, Austin, G. “Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment and as Landscape Amenities in Rural Communities” in Rural Connections Journal, May 2010.
  • Research Projects
    • "Historic Italian Towns" (In progress) Professor S. Drown co-author. 
    • “Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment and as Landscape Amenities in Rural Communities” in Rural Connections Journal, May 2010 in Journal. 
    •  “University/Community Engagement in Small Western Towns” in Journal of Planning Education and Research 2010, Laninga, Austin, McClure. In Review.

  • Outreach Projects
    • Cascade, Idaho. Planning and design projects, construction documentation and comprehensive plan update. 2008, 2009. In association with Wendy McClure, Sandra Pinel and Tammi Laninga.  
    • Priest River, Idaho. Planning and design projects, construction documentation and comprehensive plan update. 2008, 2009. In association with Wendy McClure, Rula Awwad-Rafferty, Phil Watson and Tammi Laninga.  
    • Planning and physical design for more than a dozen other Idaho, Washington and Montana towns between 1998 and 2007

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