• SPDC hosts JLL’s Corey Greer for guest lecture on career options for students in April

    Corey Greer is the vice president of project and development services at JLL in New York.

    Posted on March 27, 2017 11:38am

    On Thursday, Apr. 6, 2017, the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction is hosting a lecture on “Career Options in Real Estate, Design and Construction.” Guest speaker Corey Greer is the vice president of project and development services at JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) in New York. This event is open to students and faculty from SPDC, and will take place in Room 315 in the Human Ecology Building.

  • Connect with the MSU Interior Design Program on social media

    The Interior Design Program is part of the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction.

    Posted on March 24, 2017 10:52am

    The MSU Interior Design Program in the School of Planning, Design and Construction is pleased to announce its official presence on social media. Every day students, alumni, families and professionals connect with their world online. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to receive the latest news, events, career opportunities, and more!

  • Launching Spartans from East Lansing to New York and Beyond

    Peter G. Riguardi, his wife Linda, and their youngest son, Alex.

    Posted on February 27, 2017 1:00pm

    Peter and Linda made a $1 million gift to create the Peter G. and Linda Riguardi Experiential Learning Fund for Domestic and International Site Evaluation Experiences. It is one of the largest gifts ever given to MSU from non-alumni parents of a current student. The fund will enable students in the School of Planning Design and Construction to gain firsthand knowledge of major urban planning projects through site visits around the world.


  • Mrozowski named distinguished faculty member by CANR

    Posted on February 25, 2017 11:39am

    Tim Mrozowski will receive a Distinguished Faculty Award.


  • AFS, Inc.’s Alan Scott to speak at Apr. 18 SPDC Industry Seminar Series

    Alan Scott, president and owner of Alan F Scott (AFS), Inc.

    Posted on February 23, 2017 3:26pm

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) is hosting the 11th Industry Seminar Series event Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Human Ecology Building on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

    The featured speaker is Alan Scott, president and owner of Alan F Scott (AFS), Inc. He is a 1973 graduate of MSU’s Construction Management Program. Scott was previously co-founder and managing member of The NRP Group LLC. He will present on “Challenges and Opportunities ahead for Single-Family and Multi-Family Builders.”

    As part of AFS, Inc., Scott is a builder and developer of affordable housing, market rate apartments, land developments and a shopping center.

  • First Class: Emma Genevieve Gillette, the First Lady of Michigan State Parks and Natural Areas

    Photo of Emma Genevieve Gillette. Courtesy of LAAAB.

    Posted on February 23, 2017 3:16pm

    2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Emma Genevieve Gillette’s enrollment at Michigan Agricultural College, now Michigan State University. Gillette was to become the first and only woman graduate in the college’s first landscape architecture class of 1920.

  • FIREWISE: Demonstration Garden, Cadillac Michigan

    Garden gazebo and viewing area. Photo courtesy of LAAAB.

    Posted on February 23, 2017 3:15pm

    Planners, designers, and citizens are interested in how site design can mitigate the effects of landscape hazards. I have studied various aspects of landscape hazards, publishing research papers and winning awards for this work. Wildfires are one form of landscape hazard in which good site design practices can reduce damage. In Michigan, there are actually between 8,000 and 10,000 wildfires each year, damaging 100 to 200 structures yearly. Several years ago, I began work on this topic with Mark F. Hansen from Michigan State University Extension, Michael R. Penskar from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Dr. Tom Fernandez from Michigan State University’s horticulture department. With the Kettunen Center near Cadillac, Michigan, operated by the Michigan 4-H Foundation, we designed and constructed a firewise demonstration garden in the Kettunen Center’s arboretum.

  • SPDC Builds Sparty’s Cabin

    Hanbing Liang (right) and Stephanie Onwenu (left) construction window shutters. Photo courtesy of LAAAB.

    Posted on February 23, 2017 3:14pm

    Professor Pat Crawford, PhD, SPDC associate director, and graduate student Rohit Menon talk about the “tiny home” movement and the fruition of Sparty’s Cabin.

  • Looking back

    Graphic model of design concept. Image courtesy of LAAAB.

    Posted on February 23, 2017 3:13pm

    Alumnus William Herman Kockler (MSU LA class of 2006) reflects on his MSU experience and talks about his life since graduating.

  • Pioneers of American Design

    Bill Johnson working with students. Photo courtesy of LAAAB.

    Posted on February 23, 2017 3:12pm

    This two-part article takes a look at alumnus William “Bill” Johnson (MSU LA class of 1953) and his newly recorded story of his life and career and commends alumnus Dean Abbott (MSU LA class of 1961) on being recognized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation as a Pioneer of American Landscape Design.

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