Stephen R. Drown
College of Art & Architecture
With UI Since 1994
Landscape Architecture program
Master of Landscape Architecture, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1974
Master of Landscape Architecture, Syracuse University, 1974
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Design, Philadelphia College of Art, University of the Arts, 1970
Stephen R. Drown, ASLA, is Professor and Chair 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 degree is from State University of New York's SUNY 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 Department of Landscape Architecture 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.
Recently, Professor Drown has a new role 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.
- 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.
- 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.