Stephen SearsAssistant Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture
Sears maintains an agenda of practice that includes the potential of marginal and contested urban territories, techniques in new media, and the value of the vernacular-cultural midwestern region.
His initiatives have led to creative works about Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, Buenos Aries, Puebla and Rome, and numerous rural territories in the Midwest's post-agrarian vernacular landscape. His recently edited volume, Round Barns Projected, features student design proposals for a historic experimental agricultural site.
|2006||Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD), with Distinction, Harvard University Graduate School of Design|
|1992||Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Purdue University|
|2007-present||Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|2007-present||sHH Research, Urbana IL - Principal|
|2006-2007||Senior Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University|
|2005||Studio Instructor, Landscape Architecture Section, Harvard GSD Career Discovery Program|
|2003-2004||Adjunct Professor and Thesis Advisor, Woodbury University|
|2002||Visiting Professor, American Landscape Academy in France|
|2001-2002||hybrid, San Diego, CA—Co-founder, Curator|
|2000-present||Land and Work Co. —Principal|
|1990-1999||Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc, Cambridge, MA.—Associate|
|1989||Benjamin Thompson & Associates Inc, Cambridge, MA—Grand Central District Team|
Courses Taught at the University of Illinois
|LA 233||Foundation Design Studio (2007-2010)|
|LA 281||Design Communication (2008-2009)|
|LA 335||Community and Open Design Studio (2011)|
Digital Media and the Hypernarrative Landscape | RE-IMAGinING [xxxSITExxx]
Round Barns | SITE, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
That Place by the Thing-
|LA 427||American Vernacular Cultural Landscape Seminar (2010-2011)|
|LA 501||Theory and Practice Seminar: A Taxonomic Cycle for Designers|
Projects, Competitions, Exhibitions, and Media
|2008||Department of Landscape Architecture Accreditation Exhibition, coordinator, Temple Hoyne Buell Gallery, University of Illinois, Champaign IL|
|2004-2006||Studioworks, F04,SP05,SP06, Gund Hall Gallery, Harvard Graduate School of Design|
|2003||Urban Discourse San Diego, CA
Designed and curated the Woodbury University Student and Faculty Exhibition, in conjunction with the AIA National convention.
|2003||Peninsula Europe New York, NY
Designed and co-curated exhibition in collaboration with artists Helen and Newton Harrison for the Ronald Feldman Fine Art gallery.
|Woodbury University San Diego, CA
Designed and curated school-wide student exhibition on the occasion of the national AIA conference in San Diego.
|2002||Three Rivers: The Low Ground. For Kasteel Groenevald, Baarn,The Netherlands.
Art / design charrette collaboration with Helen and Newton Harrison, Harrison Studio, hybrid
|Land and Work, paintings, hybrid|
|02-02-02, photography and group exhibit curator, hybrid|
|Pines in Rain, video and still image installation, Art Produce Pedestrian Gallery||Building ID, The Nature of Being in Service, four channel multi-media installation, hybrid|
|Obscura Camera, photography, Flux Gallery|
|Township: Chapter One, multi-media, hybrid|
|2001||Figure Ground, photography, hybrid|
|Ed Ruscha-Alex Katz, and Richard Serra: Weights and Measures Drawings.
Gallery of the American Academy in Rome. Installation and design consultant.
|2000||Fine Art Fellow's Exhibition, media paintings and video installation, American Academy in Rome
Straordinari Cortili Esposizione, video installation, Rome, Italy: Jury Prize
Awards and Honors
|2011||Excellence in Teaching, The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)|
|2010||Creative Research Award: That Place by the Thing-, College of Fine and Applied Arts|
|2009||UIUC Scholar's Travel Fund|
|2008-2011||List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent multiple times|
|2008||Wadsworth Endowment Grant; Re-Casting Marginal Landscapes | The Center for Imaginative Urban mapping, First Steps|
|2008||Creative Research Award: Revealing Value in Marginalized Urban Landscapes, College of Fine and Applied Arts|
|2007||FAA Special Grant: Assembling projects from Puebla design studio|
|2003||Chaumont sur Loire Garden Festival 13th Annual Competition Chaumont sur Loire, France Conservatoire International des Parcs et Jardins et du Paysage Ferme du Chateau
Competition theme:Chaos; Order and Confusion into the Garden.
Jury selected garden design, The Atom and The Universe. Unbuilt project.
|2002||Boston Society of Architects (BSA)
Design Award for Searles Science Center, Bowdoin College (CRJA)
|2000||American Institute of Architects (AIA)
New York Housing Juried Design Award for Chamberlain Hall, Bowdoin College (CRJA)
|1999-2000||Rome Prize: Prince Charitable Trusts Fellowship in Landscape Architecture, Rome, Italy
American Academy in Rome, eleven-month residency fellowship. Focus of the fellowship was a project entitled, The Worth of the Working Landscape, a collection of studies examining vernacular design within the agriculture and infrastructure of the rural landscape.
|1992||American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).
First Place, National Energy Management Institute (NEMI), International Student Design Competition.