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.