Mark Boyer, professor and director of the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, was inducted to the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Academy of Fellows during the 2021 CELA Conference on Friday, March 19, 2021.
The CELA Academy of Fellows recognizes outstanding landscape architecture educators who advance the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture’s mission. Membership in the Academy of Fellows represents the highest level of achievement within the CELA membership and honors a faculty member’s accomplishments in teaching, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service.
Under Director Boyer’s leadership, the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture has been consistently ranked the #1 landscape architecture program in the country; the school has an established international reputation as one of America’s leading and top-ranked programs.
“This honor reflects Director Boyer’s career-long dedication to educating and inspiring future landscape architects,” said Alkis Tsolakis, Dean of the College of Art & Design.
Prior to joining LSU faculty as the RRSLA director in 2015, Boyer “worked to establish the landscape architecture program at the University of Arkansas as a first-class national design program for 16 years,” according to CELA. He joined the University of Arkansas faculty in 1998 and has taught courses on landscape architecture construction materials and technologies, ecological design studios, and interdisciplinary courses on urban stormwater management and constructed wetlands. He has won several teaching awards at the departmental and national level and was inducted into the highly distinguished University of Arkansas Teaching Academy.
Boyer’s extensive involvement in landscape architecture professional organizations includes serving for two years as CELA second vice president (2012–14), an elected position. Boyer was then then inducted as President during the historic 2017 CELA Conference in China. A member of ASLA, he served on the Committee for Education (2012–14). He has volunteered for the Task Analysis Experts Committee and the Cut Score Committee of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), the organization that certifies landscape architecture professionals and establishes and promotes standards for professional competency and conduct.
At the CELA induction ceremony, Stephanie Rolley said of Professor Boyer: “Mark’s nominators noted that his penchant for caretaking the long-term health of others—whether persons, programs or the profession—has made his legacy one of lasting impact. In 2001, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture recognized him with the Award of Recognition for teaching, research, and service and now we welcome him to the Academy of Fellows.”
Boyer has received numerous grants for his research on landscape architecture design and construction technologies; sustainable design; green roofs and bio-retention; and sustainable and alternative stormwater management technologies. He has presented papers at national and international conferences and his work has been published in dozens of peer-reviewed publications. Boyer received bevies of merit and honor awards from the national and regional organizations of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the American Institute of Architects, and others for the planning and design of an urban greenway in Warren, Arkansas, and as a project design team member of “Habitat Trails: from infill house to green neighborhood design.”
As a registered landscape architect in Louisiana and Arkansas, Boyer has worked as a landscape architect at Patrick C. Moore Landscape Architects + Site Planners (now Environmental Resources Management) in Alexandria, Louisiana, where he was involved in institutional site design, master planning, and large-scale state and national parks.
He now holds the LSU Robert Reich Professorship.