Landscape Design and Installation

Flower bed image on university avenue with UT tower in the background


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.

Image collage of campus greenhouses




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.



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:

Before and after photos of drain mitigation at MRH (Music Recital Hall)


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.


Before and After photos of lamdscape updates at the Thompson Conference Center (TCC)



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.


Before and After photos of landscape improvements at Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (CPE)



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.


Before and After photos of landscape improvements at the 24th Street Welcome Kiosk



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.

Meet the Landscape Design and Installation Team

Headshot of Landscape Architect, Lisa Lennon

Lisa Lennon, ALSA, PLA

Landscape Architect, Operations

Lisa has over 20 years of combined experience in horticulture and landscape architecture. She is a licensed professional landscape architect (PLA) and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science degree in horticulture from Tarleton State University, and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona. Prior to the joining Facilities Services at UT, Lisa worked at Ten Eyck Landscape Architects and for the consulting firm Bury (now Stantec) as a landscape designer, where she developed her proficiency in sustainable and maintainable designs. Her skills include landscape construction/administration and maintenance, commercial and residential landscape design, and urban entomology.

Headshot of Horticulturist, Ty Kasey

Ty Kasey, PLA


Ty is a licensed professional landscape architect (PLA). Ty has over 20 years of landscape design and installation experience and over eight years of greenhouse experience. Ty is a sixth-generation Texan and second-generation Longhorn, born and raised in Austin. Prior to working at UT, he designed landscapes for high-end residential landscape companies for 10 years in the Austin area. He graduated from The University of Texas in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in botany. Ty received his Master of Landscape Architecture degree in 2005 from the College of Environmental Design at Cal-Poly Pomona. Ty is a licensed chemical applicator and formally a licensed irrigator. Ty has assumed the role of unofficial landscape historian for UT, personally amassing an extensive collection of old books pertaining to the campus. Ty has participated or been affiliated with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, Professional Grounds Management Society, Grow Green, University Landscape Managers Association, Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, Nature Conservancy, Big Sur Land Trust, Carmel River Parkway Plan, Waller Creek Framework Planning Group and others.