Landscape Architecture 50th Anniversary Celebration

Alumni and friends with Students and Faculty of the University of Minnesota College of Design


Friday, September 16

rapson hall reunion

Free, but registration requested.
University of Minnesota, Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis (east bank campus)

3:30-5:30 PM

 OPEN STUDIOS | Self-Guided Tours of Studios
Rapson Hall and 1425 University


4:30-5:30 PM

Visit with friends and catch up with current and former faculty before the keynote presentation. Studios will remain open until 5:30 PM for self-guided tours. $4 cash bar and light snacks available.
HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall

EXHIBITION OPENING | The Beauty that Requires Health: Four Landscapes
Featuring work by artist Regina Flanagan ’01 MLA
ALA Library Gallery, 2nd Floor, Rapson Hall

The land ethic of Aldo Leopold and philosopher Marcia Eaton's assertion in her essay "The Beauty that Requires Health" that art with landscape as its subject has an ethical obligation to reveal underlying functions motivate Regina Flanagan's longitudinal study of four landscapes in transition. The narrative arc of natural forces and human actions are observed in photographic series of a floodplain forest, an old-growth big woods forest, an oak savanna, and the aftermath of a major fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

5:30 PM

WELCOME & KEYNOTE | Before the Memorial
Featured Speaker: Peter Walker, FASLA, Founder, PWP Landscape Architecture
Co-designer of the National September 11th Memorial
100 Rapson Hall


Enjoy exhibition viewing, complimentary appetizers, $4 cash bar, and time with faculty and friends.
HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall

8:30 PM +


 OPEN FOR POST-EVENT PARTIES | Class or Group Gatherings

MLA Classes of 2010-2014 | Post-Event Party at the Kitty Kat Club


Saturday, September 17

Morning and afternoon: Open for group activites, class gatherings, and tours.

KAYAK FLOAT TRIP | Bohemian Flats to Minnehaha Falls

Host: Bruce Chamberlain '89 BLA, Principal, LOAM, LLC
Tickets: $95, Students $75 (includes equipment rental and guide for 4-hour trip)
Departs from: Above the Falls Sports, 120 3rd Ave, Minneapolis, 612-825-8983
NOTE: Pre-registration is required for this event.


9:00 AM-1:00 PM

The tour begins at Above the Falls Sports in the historic warehouse district of Minneapolis. After a quick drive to the entry point at Bohemian Flats, paddle into the awe inspiring Lower Saing Anthony Lock and get an incredible view of downtown Minneapolis and the Mill City area, then journey past limestone cliffs, through the only gorge on the Mississippi River, to a white sand beach at the confluence of Minnehaha Creek and the Mississippi River. The tour ends with a short hike up to see the Minnehaha Falls and optional time to explore Minnehaha Park or enjoy snacks and drinks at Sea Salt Restaurant. Before leaving, guides will direct you to the light rail stop at the Falls, for a fascinating but short ride back to downtown Minneapolis. Limited to 40 participants.

Planning for your trip | Plan to arrive at least 15-20 minutes early to get checked in and outfitted. Bring what you need to be comfortable on the river, including weather appropriate clothing, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes that can get wet, a snack, and money for light rail and food/drink at the falls. Paddling equipment and guide will be provided. Food, beverage, and light rail fees back to downtown Minneapolis are not included in registration fee. Please plan accordingly and bring $1.75 to 2.25/person to cover light rail costs for the short ride back to downtown Minneapolis.This trip will run if it's raining but may be cancelled in the event of severe weather. Guests will be notified as early as possible of any changes to the route or cancellations. If cancelled, registration fees will be refunded.

Departure point | Above the Falls Sports is located in the Northloop neighborhood of Minneapolis, and is on or near Metro Transit lines and NICE RIDE bike stations. Parking is also available near by.

Return Transit | Metro Blue Line - northbound (departures approx. every 15 minutes). 50th St/Minnehaha Park Station to Minneapolis Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue Station, $1.75. A van or carpool will be arranged for guests trying to make it back to campus in time to join the bike tour. Contact Lori Mollberg for details.


12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MLA Class of ’05 Reunion | Family fun on the farm (Orono, MN)

BIKE TOUR | Minneapolis Trails

Hosts: Steve Durrant BLA '78, Principal, Alta Planning + Design and John Koepke BLA '80, Professor, UMN Landscape Architecture
Free, but registration requested
Departs from: Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis
NOTE: This event is full. Registration for the Bike Tour is now closed.

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Meet alumni Steve Durrant, FASLA (designer the Cedar Lake Trail), and Professor John Koepke at Rapson Hall for a group bike ride including ASLA and ASLA MN award-winning sites and alumni projects, as well as some future project sites, and controversial places along the River Road, Cedar Lake, Kenilworth, Midtown Greenway and Hiawatha Loop trails. The ride will run less than 20 miles in about 3 1/2 hours time, ending back at Rapson Hall by 5:30 PM.

NOTE: Bring your bike or check one out from a nearby NICE RIDE station on campus. Be at Rapson Hall with your bike, ready to depart by 2 PM. Dress for the weather and plan to bring a water bottle, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, helmet, jacket, or whatever else you need to feel comfortable on your ride. Route may be modified depending on construction, weather, or the needs and pace of the group. In the event of severe weather, ride may be cancelled and registered guests will be notified as early as possible.

Bike tour map


Tickets: $40 general, $25 Students; includes complimentary appetizers and 3 drink tickets.
Surly Brewing Company, Scheid Hall, 520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, 763-999-4040.

6:30 PM - Midnight

Enjoy great food, specialty brews and soda.  Hang out indoors in spaces overlooking the brewery or join friends for games and conversation around the fire pit and outdoor seating area. Celebratory toast in Scheid Hall at 8 PM