The Landscape Services' Design & Installation Team skillfully improves UT Austin's 430-acre campus by renovating existing or non-functioning landscapes, mitigating drainage problems, and creating fresh, new plantings. The team strives to ecologically develop our campus landscape plant diversity and associated ecosystems by using sustainable Texas native, adapted, and pollinator-friendly plants.
Meet the Team
Lisa Lennon, a registered landscape architect and UT graduate with extensive knowledge and experience in sound horticultural practices, and a passion for our native Texas landscape. Lisa’s mission is to create a campus that reflects the diverse landscapes of Texas.
Ty Kasey, the campus horticulturist and UT graduate is enthusiastic about improving our Campus landscape by utilizing drought-tolerant and beautiful native plants found throughout Texas. Ty is an avid UT-Austin campus and Waller Creek Historian. He enjoys sharing his vast knowledge with interested, students, faculty and staff.
The landscape greenhouses play an integral part of our work on campus. They are used for various purposes: storage of cold sensitive plants and annual flowers, and propagation of new plant material to be used on campus or sometimes given back to the UT community, to name a few. Check out this article about our greenhouses.
Design and Construction Information
If you are interested in renovating, rejuvenating, or simply refreshing a portion of the campus landscape, please contact the Facilities Service Center at 512-471-2020 to submit a request for consultation, or service.
The UT Austin Design and Construction Standards can be found here. These standards include requirements for irrigation, planting, soils, and tree protection.
Check out the before and after pictures from some of our past projects below:
Music Building and Recital Hall drainage mitigation
This area was partially funded through a Green Fund grant. The area had major runoff and erosion issues that caused sheet flow and mud accumulation each time it rained. Our team created rock berms, and planted turf and inland sea oats to capture and slow the rain and allow the plants to utilize the water while also holding the soil in place to decrease erosion.
Joe C Thompson Conference Center planting bed
This client asked for new planting beds with color plants to replace the existing turfgrass. Our team designed and installed new color beds utilizing native and adapted plant materials that produce splashes of color year round.
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering building tiered planting bed
This project was partially funded by an outside donor group who wanted to see lots of variety and color at this highly visible location. Our team filled the beds with shrubs, perennials and annuals to create the show-stopping look.
24th Street Security Kiosk landscaping
Our team was tasked with installing landscaping around a newly built welcome kiosk at the intersection of 24th Street and Whitis Avenue. We used native plant materials that can take the full sun, are very drought tolerant, with blooms or seasonal interest year round.