DPLA 5 Year Anniversary Banquet

Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

5 Year Anniversary Banquet


Date: Friday, October 7th

When: 5:00PM

Where: Great Hall in the Memorial Union

Cost: $40 per person prior to September 30. $50 per person after.

RSVP: Click here to RSVP to attend the Banquet.

What: An anniversary ceremony commemorating the long histories of Planning and Landscape Architecture education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the five years together as a combined department. We will hear from speakers, celebrate the accomplishments of DPLA, while gathering with friends, old and new. Drinks and hors d’oeuvre will be served.

Other Weekend Activities

In addition to the Banquet on Friday, we have several other events and tours planned throughout the weekend to round out your trip to Madison!

Friday, October 7th, 2022

4:00PM @ Helen C White Hall

Meet in front of the library entrance to tour the new proposed DPLA space.

Saturday, October 8th, 2022

11:00AM – 1:00PM & 2:00 – 4:00PM @ Respective Tour Locations

Several tours will be offered led by alumni, faculty, and professional planners and LAs in the Madison area. These tours will be offered in two rounds to give multiple opportunities to join in on the fun. More information about these free tours will be shared in the weeks to come.

6PM @ the LaBahn Arena

Cool down at the LaBahn Arena while cheering on the 6-time NCAA Champions Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Team. Grab your ticket here. We will plan to gather at the Nitty Gritty adjacent from the Arena at 4:30PM. We will meet at the East entrance facing the Kohl Center at 5:30PM.

Tours Offered

Thanks to our wide alumni network, we are able to provide a number of tours related to planning and landscape architecture work within in the Madison area on Saturday, October 8th. 2 out of the 3 tours will be offered at multiple instances, at both 11am and 2pm. The Campus Planning and Design tours will feature a tour at 11am of Alumni Park and a presentation of the Library Mall redesign process at 3pm. Below, please indicate which tours you plan to attend with a “Yes” or “Maybe.”

Madison Redevelopment Projects: Garver Feed Mill and Union Corners (11AM and 2PM)

With Dan Rolfs, City of Madison

Tour the Garver Feed Mill and Union Corners development. Over 20 years, the City of Madison worked to redevelop the Garver Feed Mill. Come and tour the building and grounds of this historic building. Following this tour, carpool/bikepool to Union Corners redevelopment. This former battery manufacturing site is now home to a medical clinic and hundreds of units of affordable housing. Meet at the south entrance of Garver Feed Mill facing Olbrich Gardens by the bike path for the beginning of the tour.

Campus Planning and Design: Alumni Park and Library Mall (11AM and 3PM)

With Eric Schuchardt, UW DPLA; Nate Novka, BLA Alum; Aaron Williams, UW Campus LA

  • 11am-12pm: Alumni Park was designed and influenced by several alums from our BLA program and opened in the Fall of 2017. During the tour, we will explore and learn more about the history of the park, the site layout and design decisions, and the exhibits that celebrate alumni achievements. Meet in front of the entrance of Alumni Park off of Langdon Street.
  • 3-4pm: Following the recommendations of the 2015 Campus Master Plan-Landscape Master Plan, Library Mall is slated for redesign as a large and open public gathering space with new paving, landscape plantings, seating, lighting, stormwater management, and passive recreation lawn areas. Hear from the University Landscape Architect on project goals, timeline, and initial concepts. Meet in front of the entrance of Alumni Park off of Langdon Street.

Ecological Restoration and Native Plantings: UW Arboretum (11AM and 2PM)

With William Jordan III, PhD Botany; Darrel Morrison, MSLA Alum

First, hear from William Jordan III, a pioneer in ecological restoration theories, about his direct experience with restoring the UW Arboretum to its native state during his 24 years of work there. Then, tour the 4-acre Native Plant Garden at the UW Arboretum that dates back 20 years. Inspired by the theme of “rivers and drifts” with fluid spaces surrounded by community groupings of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, with a strong presence of native prairie vegetation, Darrel Morrison’s approach was to capsulize the botanic and aesthetic composition of eleven different native southern Wisconsin plant communities. Meet at the UW Arboretum Visitor Center.

RSVP for tours here.

Accepting Submissions for Remembrance & Recognition Boards

Remembrance Board

As we approach the date of our 5 Year Anniversary Party for the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at UW Madison, we’d like to recognize and remember those who are no longer with us. Use this survey to submit someone who was special to the Department that we’ve lost. We will show their name and photo on a display board at the anniversary event!

Submit to the Remembrance Board here

Recognition Board

We want to recognize all the great work that our alumni and partners have been up to! Submit the name and contribution of someone who has made a difference in their planning and landscape architecture careers. We will show their name on a display board at the anniversary event!

Submit to the Recognition Board here


We look forward to seeing you in October!

Planning Your Trip to Madison

Here is some information that may be helpful when planning your trip:

Questions? Email info@dpla.wisc.edu.

Not finding what you’re looking for above? Email info@dpla.wisc.edu.