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DesignIntelligence ranks Hulse among top 25

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The UO landscape architecture professor is recognized as an “exceptional education role model” in a list honoring excellence in education and education administration.

DesignIntelligence has named University of Oregon landscape architecture Professor David Hulse to the list of the 25 Most Admired Educators of 2012.

Hulse began teaching at UO in 1985. Now Philip H. Knight Professor, he has served as Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and is a founding member of the University's Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

“David has distinguished himself as an exceptional faculty member with his substantial and deeply relevant research as well as his leading teaching practice,” said A&AA Dean Frances Bronet. “His ability to partner with colleagues nationwide on critical projects not only furthers research in landscape planning but also enhances his work with students at the University. We congratulate him for this well-deserved honor.”

Hulse responded: “It is a privilege to work here with such bright, capable students and collaborative colleagues. Oregon continues to lead the nation in thoughtful, effective approaches to land and water conservation and restoration. I can think of no better place to pursue such work, and I appreciate the kind attention from DesignIntelligence.”

HulseHulse’s expertise is in geographic information systems and the use of computer-based tools for facilitating land and water use planning and natural resource decision-making. He has worked extensively as a landscape planner in the United States and abroad.

In addition to work with undergraduate, master’s and PhD students, Hulse’s current research efforts include work with colleagues at the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Meyer Memorial Trust, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Oregon State University.

Hulse is a 1985 graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, a Fulbright Scholar, and a recipient of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology’s Distinguished Landscape Practitioner Award. He earned a BLA from Colorado State University in 1981.

Hulse’s current project with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the Meyer Memorial Trust is entitled “SLICES: an information network for a biologically effective network in the Willamette River Floodplain.” This project seeks to demonstrate and make accessible a geographic framework for tracking change over space and time in the floodplain of the Willamette River. Called the SLICES framework, it is intended to help in making decisions about what ecosystem services to conserve or restore, where best to conserve or restore them, and how proposed conservation or restoration actions may fit into a larger guiding vision of a restored Willamette River floodplain. Collaborators include Stan Gregory of the Oregon State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. More information is at

His project for NOAA is entitled “PNW Climate Impacts Research Consortium.” The Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) – a consortium including Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, the University of Idaho, Boise State University, and Idaho State University – provides information and tools for making decisions about landscape and watershed management in a changing climate.

Hulse’s project for the Army Corps of Engineers is entitled “Assessment of Potential for Improving Endangered Species Act-listed Fish Habitat Associated with Operations and Maintenance of the Corps’ Willamette Project Revetments.” This project is developing and applying a prioritization to US Army Corps Willamette Project revetments for removal and/or modification. Between 1935 and 1971, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a series of riverbank revetments as part of the Willamette Project of flood control dams. In 2007, the Corps proposed an evaluation of the habitat and biological impacts of these revetments with a key objective being to identify and prioritize those revetments where removal or modification may be feasible to restore natural river functions, particularly as such actions could improve habitat for fish listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. This project is a response to that objective. Collaborators include Stan Gregory of OSU Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife and Scott Wright of River Design Group.

Hulse has two current efforts under way with the National Science Foundation. The first is titled “The Interactions of Climate Change, Land-Management Policies, and Forest Succession on Fire Hazard and Ecosystem Trajectories in the Wildland-Urban Interface,” which is focusing on the combined effects of climate change, human population growth, and alternative strategies of managing oak-dominated vegetation communities. This project uses agent-based modeling on a study area in the southern Willamette Valley to explore ways to reduce risk to life and property from wildfire. Led by UO landscape architecture Associate Professor Bart Johnson of UO, other key collaborators include John Bolte of the Oregon State University Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, UO landscape architecture Professor Rob Ribe, UO Research Associate Max Nielsen-Pincus, UO biology Professor Scott Bridgham, and Alan Ager of the U.S. Forest Service.

Hulse’s other current NSF project is titled “Willamette Water 2100,” which is evaluating how climate change, population growth, and economic growth will alter the availability and the use of water in the Willamette River Basin on a decadal to centennial timescale. The project seeks to create a transferable method of predicting where climate change will create water scarcities and where those scarcities will exert the strongest impacts on human society. The five-year project began in October 2010 and is a collaborative effort of faculty from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.

Hulse is also a contributing author to the upcoming National Climate Assessment, to be released in 2013.

DesignIntelligence is the Design Futures Council’s bi-monthly report on the future, delivering original research, insightful commentary, and instructive best practices. The 2012 rankings placed the UO among the top fifteen of sixty-eight accredited landscape architecture programs in the nation for both the graduate and undergraduate programs. DesignIntelligence named A&AA Dean Frances Bronet one of the Most Admired Educators in 2011 for exemplifying excellence in design education leadership. DesignIntelligence named Associate Professor Linda Zimmer among the Top Ten Design Educators of 2007.

DesignIntelligence’s 2012 award winners were selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students. Educators and administrators from the disciplines of architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture are considered for inclusion. For the complete list, visit: