Bruce Sharky portrait, black and white, man in hat

Bruce Sharky


225-578-1441 | 327 Design Building
bshark2@lsu.edu |

Landscape Architecture BLA University of California at Berkeley
MLA University of California at Berkeley

Bruce Sharky is a professor of landscape architecture at Louisiana State University. 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 has 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 interests in landscape architecture are varied and have evolved over the years through his work in varied locations and countries. Consistent has been his interest in subjects related to regional and environmental planning, with notable recent 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 has been an important aspect of many of Sharky’s activities at LSU. He has led summer- and semester-abroad programs to Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, and China and two Fulbright Fellowships to Mexico and Portugal. He teaches graduate and undergraduate studios. His most recent studio 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 two-week field studies trip to China. Sharky also teaches technology courses involving grading and detail design. He is the author of a textbook on site grading for visual learners, to be published in the fall of 2014.

In summer 2013, he hiked from Bayonne, France, over the Pyrenees Mountains into Pamplona, Spain, with his wife and two Cal classmates. The previous year he hiked the last 125 miles on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela with his wife and youngest daughter. He enjoys sketching, especially sketching from nature with watercolors.


LA 4008 Advanced Topic Studio
LA 4301 Advanced Technology
LA 3002 Site Planning and Design
LA 2301 Landscape Technology I Introduction to Grading