Phil Waite

Phil Waite

Associate Professor


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Here is a list of courses I teach.

About Me

I joined the USU Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department in August of 2011. I came to Utah State from the Landscape Architecture Program at Washington State University where I had been an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator. I am the creator and Director of the Horticulture & Landscape Architecture Display Garden at WSU. My scholarly interests include sustainable design and development, campus planning, and landscapes as communication media, especially pertaining to marketing. I formerly worked as an assistant director for planning, campus planner, and campus landscape architect.

 I earned a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Idaho, a BSLA from WSU, and is a Registered Landscape Architect. I have served as a member of the National Academy of Environmental Design and am sought after nationally as an expert on issues pertaining to campus design, planning and marketing. I am the author of the “Non-Architect’sGuide to the Design Process”, and recently served as Principal Designer for the Almaty Botanical Garden in Almaty, Kazakhstan, a Soviet-era botanical garden. The project supported three MSLA graduate students who made multiple trips to Kazakhstan, and were funded through a $250,000 grant for travel, design, and construction of the garden.

I am responsible for key MLA and BLA courses in construction, materials, planting design and sustainable practices. I am also the director of LAEP's forthcoming "Landscape Field Studio," an outdoor, hands-on laboratory for research and teaching related to construction and site design. I am very well read on a range of subjects and have a personal library of several thousand volumes.


Master of Arts, Architecture
University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture
Washington State University, Pullman, Washington


Licensed Landscape Architect
Idaho - #LA-197


Associate Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University
2011 to Present

Associate Professor
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Washington State University
Tenured 2006

Program Coordinator
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Washington State University

Director, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture Display Garden
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Washington State University

Areas of Expertise

Campus Planning
Planting Design
Sustainable Design
Construction Materials and Methods