For creating significant new knowledge advancing landscape architecture,
and for the communication of knowledge to others with exceptional
effect, Jon Rodiek, a professor in the Department of Landscape
Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, was
elevated as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The presentation was made at the ASLA’s 2002 national convention.
The honor is awarded by the ASLA to landscape architects recognized
by their peers as having accomplished extraordinary work for a
significant amount of time in one of four categories: works of
landscape architecture, administrative work, knowledge or service
to the profession.
For 29 years, Rodiek has been dedicated to the continued improvement
of the discipline of landscape architecture. He has said best
way to develop the discipline is to bring relevant scientific
information into the arena where design decisions are made. He
advocates linking research to practice as a means of improving
the human-made landscape.
He is known for his precedent-setting work in developing design
and planning techniques for mined land reclamation, wildlife habitat
protection, wetland identification and arid land planning. He
is a sought after authority on wetland classification and interpretation,
wildlife habitat assessment and evaluation and landscape assessment
and evaluation. His writings on these topics have been presented
at national conferences around the world.
Throughout his career, he has authored over 29 major manuscripts
for peer-reviewed journals and has served for several years as
editor of Landscape and Urban Planning, an international journal
of landscape ecology, landscape planning, and landscape design.
The journal is based on the premise that research linked to practice
will ultimately improve the human made landscape. Last year alone,
the journal received more than 69,000 download requests or articles.
Widely recognized as a leader in his field, Rodiek has earned
several professional and academic accolades. In 2001, he was named
a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Massachusetts where,
between 1967 and 1974, he earned four degrees: Ph.D., M.S., M.LA.
and B.L.A. In June 2000, he earned the Award of Distinction from
the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. He received
a Distinguished Achievement Award in teaching from Texas A&M
in 1996, a National Team Leadership Award from the Professional
Division of the American Association of University Administrators
in 1990, and a U.S. Forest Service Certificate of Merit in 1976.
To students and faculty who have worked with Rodiek, his ASLA
Fellowship comes as no surprise.
“We are very proud of Dr. Jon Rodiek. Having the ASLA recognize
his career as exceptional, underscores the commitment and dedication
that he exhibits daily in his projects, the classroom and studio,”
said George Rogers, who was head of the LA+UP department when
Rodiek received the honor. “It, also, reflects an important
recognition of his long-term commitment to the profession associated
with editing the international journal of Landscape and Urban
Planning. This recognition is well deserved.”
A scholarship was established in 1998 by Rodiek and paid for
by the real-world projects undertaken by his undergraduate landscape
design studios. Two years ago, the BLA Senior Design Award Endowment
became fully funded.
Rodiek earned a doctorate in natural resource planning from the
University of Massachusetts in 1974, the same year he launched
his academic profession at the University of Arizona. He later
served as department head at Texas Tech University before joining
the Texas A&M faculty in 1990.
Prior to pursuing his doctorate degree, he worked as a landscape
architect, from 1968 to 1971, for the Architect’s Collaborative.
He launched his professional practice in the summer of 1965 as
an entry-level landscape architect for George Washington National
Forest in Harrisonburg, Va.
Rodiek’s areas of interest include wildlife habitat planning,
planting design, landscape resource management and site planning.