BLA University of California at Berkeley
MLA University of California at Berkeley
Bruce Sharky passed away in September 2023.
He was a professor emeritus of landscape architecture at LSU following his retirement in 2021. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. His master’s thesis was the basis for establishing the Coastal Zone Planning Commission in California. He worked professionally in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Winnipeg, as well as in state government, and he had a private landscape practice in Anchorage, Alaska, for 15 years prior to joining the faculty at LSU. His varied interests in landscape architecture evolved over the years through his work in various different locations and countries. He was interested in topics related to regional and environmental planning, with notable work in coastal Louisiana involving sponsored research, working with studio students, and professional work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Wildlife Federation.
International travel was an important aspect of many of Sharky’s activities at LSU. He led summer- and semester-abroad programs to Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, and China and two Fulbright Fellowships to Mexico and Portugal. While teaching, his undergraduate studios worked with the National Park Service in developing alternate plans for a backcountry camp at Denali National Park in Alaska, and he led a collaborative agricultural and ecological tourism studio with landscape architecture students from LSU and Sichuan Agricultural University, involving a field studies trip to China. He authored a textbook on site grading for visual learners, published in 2014. Throughout his life he enjoyed hiking and sketching, especially sketching from nature with watercolors.