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Visiting scholars

The Department of Landscape Architecture welcomes visiting faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students from across the U.S. and around the world through the University of Washington Visiting International Student Internship & Training (VISIT) and Visiting Scholar programs. The department hosts a limited number of faculty/postdoctoral visitors and graduate student visitors (typically advanced doctoral students) each year for up to 12 months.

Prospective visitors are asked to read the following information carefully and consult both the links that are provided and the departmental website for faculty and research profiles.

Program DetailsRecent Scholars

Visiting scholars are welcome at all departmental colloquia and department events. Visiting scholars may audit courses with the permission of the instructor. They are also encouraged to enrich the departmental community in other ways, such as by participating in graduate seminars, collaborating on research projects and symposia, and inviting members of the departmental community to their home institutions.

Prospective visitors should note that the Department does not provide financial support, telephone or computer facilities, or office space to Visiting Scholars.  Visitors are required to cover their own expenses in all respects in addition to the listed fees.


  • Visiting Scholar Fee: $250 per month for duration of visit
  • UW DS2019 Form Fee: approximately $562 per person, $105 amendment fee to reissue (for date changes, etc)
  • SEVIS Database Fee: approximately $220
  • Visa Fee: approximately $185 for a J-1 visa

(fees subject to change)

The total amount of fees will be paid directly to the host department upon arrival of the Visiting Scholar.

Requirements pertaining to financial and insurance matters can be found at these two University of Washington websites:

Prospective visiting scholars should inquire 6-12 months in advance of the time of their anticipated visit.

Application and Selection Process

The Landscape Architecture Department receives a large number of applications from prospective visitors each year. Department decisions on VISIT and Visiting Scholar applications are determined on a quarterly basis. To be considered, applicants must meet all University requirements and provide the Department Chair with the following materials:

(1) Curricula vita

(2) Statement of research intent with a description of why our department is a good fit for these pursuits

(3) Identification of potential sponsoring faculty

(4) Anticipated arrival and departure dates (months/year(s))

In selecting visiting scholars each year, the primary criteria are related to collaborative opportunities between the research interests of the prospective visitor and a faculty member in the department. Prospective visitors need to secure at least one faculty “sponsor,” that is, a faculty member whose research interests align with theirs and who supports their application to visit the department. The faculty sponsor will serve as the direct liaison and host to the university and region.

Applications for the VISIT and Visiting Scholar programs should be sent to the Department Chair, Ken Yocom.

Lihua YIN
Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture
Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China

Research: My research interests lie in the theory and methodology of ecological landscape planning and design of green infrastructure and its landscape performance, especially on the ecological management of stormwater from roads, streets and city viaducts, its landscape construction and performance evaluation, and its scientific methods and theories of sustainable landscape design.
Faculty Sponsor: Nancy Rottle

Huirong ZHAO
Associate Professor
Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute, China

Research: My research is about the distinctive construction and design of urban public green space plant landscape, especially the study of ecological planting.
Faculty Sponsor: Iain Robertson

Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Environmental Art
Fine Arts School of Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China

Research: Learning from Ebey’s Landing: A research of Historic Cultural Landscape Preservation at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and Linpan Landscape.
Faculty Sponsor: Nancy Rottle

Yan DU
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Landscape Architecture
Huazhong Agricultural University, China

Research: Design and construction of healing landscapes in the background of urban agriculture
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Winterbottom

Lecturer, Vice Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture
Qingdao University of Technology, China

Research: Landscape Evaluation and Management, Evaluation of Coastal and Mountain Landscape, Restoration of Coastal Ecological Landscape
Faculty Sponsor: Jeff Hou