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Department of Landscape Architecture

Endowed Lectureships

John R. Bracken Fellow: Each year the Department of Landscape Architecture sponsors the John R. Bracken Lecture Series and honors a distinguished individual as the John R. Bracken Fellow. Dr. Bracken was a key part of our department’s rich history – he was among the first to graduate from Penn State with an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture and he served as department head from 1924 to 1957. Read more here.

A.E. Bye / Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow: Established in 2012, the Fellowship funds a minimum of one week of archival research in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State's University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania.  The records (drawings, papers, photographs, and videos) of the celebrated twentieth-century American landscape architect A. E. Bye ( as well as those of landscape architects John Bracken and Stuart Mertz) are held at Penn State.

Thaìˆsa Way, Ph.D., ASLA, is the inaugural A.E. Bye / Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for Penn State’s Department of Landscape Architecture, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Way, a landscape historian currently teaching history, theory, and design at the University of Washington, will complete two weeks of archival research from August 27 to September 9 in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The drawings, papers, photographs, and videos of the celebrated twentieth-century American landscape architect A. E. Bye ( as well as those of landscape architects John Bracken and Stuart Mertz) are held at Penn State. Read more here.