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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

Mark Hoversten, Dean of the College of Art & Architecture

Mark Elison Hoversten, Ph.D., FASLA, AICP


Office: AA 202
Phone: (208) 885-5423
Email: hoverstm@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: College of Art & Architecture
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2461
Moscow, ID 83844-2461

College of Art & Architecture
Dean of the College of Art and Architecture
Professor of Landscape Architecture

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2007


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Landscape planning
    • The role of design research
  • Biography

    Mark Elison Hoversten, Ph.D., is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Dean of the College of Art and Architecture. He holds degrees in landscape architecture and planning and in painting and drawing from the University of Minnesota, New Mexico, Iowa and Lincoln University in New Zealand. A Fellow in both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, he has received seventeen national and regional planning and design awards and has published and lectured nationally.

  • Selected Publications

    Swaffield S.R., J. Primdahl, and M. Hoversten. 2011 Discursive relationships between landscape science, policy and practice: Concepts, issues and examples. in Jones B and Fu B,(eds) Landscape ecology for Sustainable environment and culture: Proceedings of the 8th World Congress of the International Association for Landscape Ecology. Bejing China 18-23rd Aug 2011 IALE-China Chapter. Bejing pp 512.

    Hoversten, Mark Elison and Susan Bahnick Jones. 2004. Attributes of a Successful Ethnobotanical Garden. Landscape Journal, 23(2): 153-169. 

    Hoversten, Mark Elison. 2004. The Centrality of Land-based Issues in Design Education: Architecture within Landscape. 306090 Architecture Journal: 07: 36 – 41.

    Hoversten, Mark Elison and Susan Bahnick Jones. 2002. Visitor Experience at Red Rock Canyon: A Case Study in Public Land Design. Landscape Journal, 21(2): 51.

    Hoversten, Mark Elison, Elizabeth Scott, Susan Bahnick Jones, and Brian Pugh. 2002. The Pattern and Palette of Place: A Landscape and Aesthetics Master Plan for Nevada’s Highway System. Mass, The Journal of the School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico.

    Hoversten, Mark Elison and Z. A. Hashem. 2000. Integrating Research into Community-based Design: A Case Study of the Las Vegas Springs Preserve Schematic Site Plan. Landscape Journal, 19 (1&2): 137.

  • Research Projects

    Research Support for Landscape and Aesthetics Program Implementation, Nevada Department of Transportation, $168,600. 2007.

    Research Support for Park Master Planning, Nevada State Division of Parks, $123,000. 2006.

    Research Support for Landscape and Aesthetics Program Implementation, Nevada Department of Transportation, $299,000. 2005.

    Research Support for Landscape and Aesthetics Program Implementation, Nevada Department of Transportation, $394,500. 2004.

    City of Laughlin Landscape Development Plan, $2,900. 2004.

    Research Support for Landscape and Aesthetics Program Implementation, Nevada Department of Transportation, $289,261. 2003.

    Dayton County Landscape Development Plan, Nevada Division of Forestry, $2,000. 2003.

    Research Support for Landscape and Aesthetics Program Implementation, Nevada Department of Transportation, $277,000. 2002.

    UNLV Arboretum Master Plan.  UNLV Planning Initiative Grant. $8,000. 2003.

    Douglas County Landscape Development Plan, Nevada Division of Forestry. $4,000. 2002.

    NDOT Landscape and Aesthetics Master Plan, Nevada Department of Transportation, $190,000. 2001.

    Las Vegas Springs Preserve Program and Conceptual Design Research, Las Vegas Valley Water District, $208,000. 2000.

    Las Vegas Springs Preserve Conceptual Design, Las Vegas Valley Water District, $91,000. 1999.

    Mojave Desert Preserve Schematic Design Coordination, Las Vegas Valley Water District, $328,000. 1997.

    North Well Field Master Plan, Las Vegas Valley Water District, $65,134. 1996.

    Design Charette, Mojave Center Master Plan, Las Vegas Valley Water District, $5,000. 1996.

    Mojave Center Master Plan, Las Vegas Valley Water District, $74,100.  1993.

  • Outreach Projects

    University of Idaho Cascade Plan: Bioregional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture design projects coordinated with College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Extension economic development. 2008 – 2009.

    UNLV College of Education First Choice Learning Garden. 2005.

    UNLV Arboretum Physical Master Plan, UNLV. 2005.

    Highlands Neighborhood Landscape Development Plan. City of Las Vegas Neighborhood Development. 2005.

    Laughlin Landscape Development Plan, City of Laughlin. 2004.

    Echo Bay Site Plan and Design Guidelines, Lake Mead National Recreation Area. 2003.

    Douglas County Landscape Development Plan. 2002.

    Boulder Beach Campground Revision, Lake Mead National Recreation Area. 2002.

    Cottonwood Cove Campground Native Plant Restoration, Lake Mead National Recreation Area. 2002.

    City of Elko Landscape Master Plan. 2001.

    California Avenue Historical Master Plan, Boulder City. 2000.

    City of Ely Landscape Master Plan. 2000.

    Alta Channel Interpretive Walk, Las Vegas Valley Water District. 2000.

    Birdspring Valley Land Use Plan, U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). 2000.

    Hollywood Boulevard Streetscape Design, Clark County Neighborhood Services. 1999.

    UNLV Lied Library Plaza, UNLV Facilities Management. 1999.

    Overton Land Use Study, BLM. 1999.

    Interfaith Student Center Parking Lot. 1999.

    UNLV Library Core Design, UNLV Facilities Management. 1998.

    Sunrise Mountain Recreation Master Plan, Citizens for Active Management of Sunrise Mountain. 1998.

    UNLV South Mall Extension, UNLV Facilities Management. 1997.

    Red Mountain Trail System, City of Boulder City. 1997.

    Veteran's Park and Wetland, City of Boulder City. 1996.                                    

    UNLV Landscape Master Plan, UNLV Facilities Management. 1995.

    Veteran's Memorial Cemetery Master Plan, City of Boulder City. 1994.

    University Medical Center/Valley Hospital Neighborhood Plan. City of Las Vegas Planning Department. 1994.

    The City of Henderson Bicycle Network Plan, Henderson Parks Department. 1993.

    Windsor Park Passive Recreation Area, City of North Las Vegas Parks Dept. 1991.

    Badwater Visitor Boardwalk, Death Valley National Park. 1991.

  • Awards and Honors

    Fellow: Council of Educators in landscape Architecture. 2009.

    Fellow: American Society of Landscape Architects. 2001.

    Regents' Award for Creative Activity, Fellow Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture and the University and Community College system. 2009.

    Outstanding Educator, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. 2006.

    Award of Recognition for Teaching and Administration. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. 1997.

    Project of the Year Award. Project: US 95 Landscape and Aesthetics Corridor Plan. American Society of Landscape Architects Nevada Chapter. 2008.

    Project of the Year Award. Project: I-80 Landscape and Aesthetics Corridor Plan. American Society of Landscape Architects Nevada Chapter. 2005.

    Merit Award in Planning. Project: Landscape Maintenance Cost Training Manual. American Society of Landscape Architects Nevada Chapter. 2005.

    DeBoer Excellence in Planning Award. Project: NDOT Landscape and Aesthetics Master Plan. American Planning Association Nevada Chapter. 2002.

    New Community of the Year Award for Excellence (with Summerlin team). Project: North Summerlin. Urban Land Institute. 2002.

    Merit Award in Communication (with Southwest Wetlands Consortium). Project: Las Vegas Wetlands Park. American Society of Landscape Architects. 2000.

    Bronze Quill in Document Design. Project: Mojave Desert Preserve Master Plan. American Association of Business Communicators. 1998.

    Bronze Quill in Document Design. Project: Desert Demonstration Garden Self-Guided Tour Guide and Plant List. American Association of Business Communicators. 1998.

    Merit Award in Communication. Project: Desert Demonstration Garden Self-Guided Tour Guide and Plant List. American Society of Landscape Architects Southern California Chapter. 1997.

    Merit Award in Planning. Project: Mojave Desert Preserve Master Plan. American Society of Landscape Architects Southern California Chapter. 1997.

    Outstanding Planning Accomplishment. Project: Mojave Desert Preserve Master Plan. American Planning Association Nevada Chapter. 1997.

    President's Award (with Southwest Wetlands Consortium). Project: Clark County Wetlands Park Master Plan. American Society of Landscape Architects Colorado Chapter. 1996.