Campus in a Park

The Campus in a Park tour led by Professor Ron Henderson will focus on the contributions of landscape architects Alfred Caldwell, Michael van Valkenburgh, and Peter Schaudt to the Illinois Institute of Technology Mies campus, which was identified by Forbes Magazine as one of “America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses” in 2011. As part of the master plan for the Illinois Institute of Technology, Mies van der Rohe envisioned a “campus in a park” in which the campus buildings would be situated in lawns shaded by groves of trees. Caldwell designed this initial campus landscape, which has been renovated and renewed with a master plan developed collaboratively by van Valkenburgh and Schaudt. Schaudt subsequently contributed a number of other award-winning projects to the campus landscape.

Ron Henderson, FASLA, is Professor and Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture. Professor Henderson’s expertise is in landscape architecture, architecture, the gardens and contemporary urbanism of China and Japan. He received an MLA and MArch from the University of Pennsylvania and a BArch from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to Illinois Institute of Technology, he held positions at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Pennsylvania State University, Tsinghua University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Roger Williams University. He is also principal and director of design at L+A Landscape Architecture (