Liska Chan

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

College of Design

University of Oregon


The theme that runs through the continuum of Liska Chan’s creative work, scholarship, and teaching consists of three intertwined lines of practice and thinking. The first line is landscape palimpsestsand involves research into and mapping of historical patterns of human settlement and infrastructure that have left both social and physical legacies in the contemporary landscape. The second related component is landscape perceptionand the deep influences common perceptions and ideals have on how we build places. The third is a pursuit of new mapping methodsthat combine both measurable and indeterminate aspects of landscape. Her creative practice and teaching reference phenomenology, visual studies and perception theory while being grounded in techniques of drawing, art and fundamental spatial design principles.