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E-mail: larch@uidaho.edu

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

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Stephen R. Drown

Office: AA 207
Phone: (208) 885-7448
Email: srdrown@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Landscape Architecture program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2481
Moscow, ID 83844-2481

College of Art & Architecture
Landscape Architecture program

With UI Since 1994

  • Biography

    Stephen R. Drown, ASLA, is Professor and Head of the Landscape Architecture Program in College of Art and Architecture at the University of Idaho. A teacher for 35 years, Steve taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Ohio State University for 19 years prior to coming to the University of Idaho in 1994. His undergraduate degree is from the Philadelphia University of the Arts' College of Art, and his graduate degrees are from the  State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University.

    Throughout his teaching career, Professor Drown has been very active in public outreach and has taught a number of landscape architecture workshops nationwide. He served as a founding board member and Vice-President of Colour Columbus, a not-for-profit urban enhancement foundation, is a licensed landscape architect in Ohio and has received national awards for his professional work as a partner in the Columbus, Ohio-based firm of First Avenue Design. Steve is Director of the University of Idaho Landscape Architecture Program Summer Study Abroad program in Italy and partner in the University of Idaho’s new Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, that includes a graduate degree program in Bioregional Planning and Community Design. Steve served as Interim Director of the Bioregional Planning and Community Design program from 2010-2013.

    Professor Drown also serves as a College of Agriculture and Life Science Extension Educational Specialist in Bioregional Planning and Landscape Architecture to promote regionally based planning and community design throughout Idaho. The University of Idaho awarded Steve the 2009 award for Faculty Excellence in Outreach. With graduate students in Landscape Architecture, Steve also developed and directs the Rapid Response Design Team for the University of Idaho Extension's Community Development Program.

    Steve Drown is a Principal of Pacific Design Zone, (PDZ) a landscape planning, design and imaging LLC with projects in central China.

  • Research Projects
    • The Rapid Response Design Team" a grant from University of Idaho Extension to provide planning and design assistance to several communities throughout Idaho with a focus on those communities who participated in the University of Idaho Horizon's initiative.
    • The Building Sustainable Communities Initiative (BSCI): A 1.5 million dollar grant awarded as one of five initiatives from 43 proposals at the University of Idaho resulting in a new Bioregional Planning and Community Design graduate program, the Learning and Practice Collaborative and the Center for Education and Governance in Planning. With Professor Steve Hollenhorst, Conservation Social Sciences and Paul McCawley, University of Idaho Extension.  
    • “Rupert Idaho Community Revitalization”. Secured funds for the landscape architecture program and students to conduct a community development and design study. With University of Idaho Cooperative Extension $5000. Completed fall 1999. 
    • “Issues for the Emerging Landscape” a Graham Foundation Grant to bring noted authors to UI for the Spring Semester 1997 at the University of Idaho, $11,580, 1996.  
    • “The Sawtooth Community Garden”, An Idaho Department of Lands grant to support research and student internships at the Sawtooth Community Garden Project in Sun Valley, Idaho. $20,000.  
    • “Learning Landscapes”, A University of Idaho Seed Grant to revise and publish the Schoolwatch Esso Manual, originally published by Learning Landscapes, Great Britain, $840.00. The manual will be used as a tool to aid public schools in revitalizing wasted outdoor space as “environmental learning spaces” which integrate curriculum activity with natural settings. 1996-Present.
  • Awards and Honors
    • The McGrath Outreach /Scholarship Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award for the Western United States for outreach to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the community of Plummer, Idaho. With Priscilla Salant, Steven Hollenhorst, Laura Lamatia and Catherine Meyer, 2010
    • University of Idaho Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Outreach, 2009. 
    • First Place, Field of Corn with Osage Oranges, with Malcolm Cochran and James Hiss. An open selection, national site art design competition. Forty initial entries, 3 finalists. Completed in 1994 in Sherex Park, Dublin, Ohio.  
    • Second Place, The Water Garden, The U.S. Botanic Garden at the National Conservatory. A National Design Competition sponsored by The Fund for the United States Botanical Garden to commemorate the Bicentennial of the United States Congress. 171 Entries, 1993, with James Hiss. 
    • Merit Award, The Chadwick Arboretum Cancer Survivor’s Park Concept Plan, The Ohio State University, The Ohio Chapter of The American Society of Landscape Architects, 1992.
    • For Distinguished Service- The Eggleston Avenue Esplanade, Community Association Project, The American Society of Landscape Architects, 1985.  


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