Professor of Landscape Architecture
Malcom Cairns is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University. His teaching experience includes eight years at the University of Illinois, and twenty-seven years at Ball State University, where he is past chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. His research interests are focused on the documentation and evaluation of historic designed landscapes with particular interest in historic parks, park systems, and designed residential communities of the Midwest. Cairns received his BLA from Ohio State University and his MLA from Iowa State University.
A registered landscape architect, Cairns has professional practice experience in several states. An author, Cairns’ publications include a book, The Landscape Architecture Heritage of Illinois, several articles about George Kessler’s designs for the Parks and Boulevards of Indiana cities and the Frederick Law Olmsted design for Riverside, Illinois. He has developed Historic Landscape Preservations Plans for historic parks in South Bend, Indiana, Dayton, Ohio, and Muncie, Indiana. Malcolm has also contributed a chapter in the National Council of State Garden Club’s book: Stewards of the Land: A survey of Landscape Architecture and Design in America, prepared a national register nomination for a George Kessler designed park in South Bend, and is currently preparing a Cultural Landscape Report for Douglass Park in Indianapolis. Cairns is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a past president of ASLA Indiana Chapter, as well as a past chair of the Indiana Board of Registration for Architects and Landscape Architects. He also serves as Indiana Liaison to the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS).
MLA Iowa State University 1977
BLA Ohio State University 1972
Introductory Coursework and Pedagogy for Landscape Architecture
Documentation and Evaluation of Historic Landscapes
Parks and Open Space
Historic Development of Educational Programs
Development of Master Tewachers of Landscape Architecture
Publications and Activities:
“An Elegant Vision : Indiana Historic Landscape Architecture”. Traces of Indiana. 2005
Several articles about the Frederick Law Olmsted design for Riverside, Illinois, and landscape preservation reports for historic parks in South Bend and Muncie Indiana, and Dayton Ohio.
Co-director of the 1995 Indiana Historic Designed Landscape Survey, Indiana ASLA Liaison for the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS).
Past member and chair of the Indiana Board of Registration for Architects and Landscape Architects,
Past president of the Indiana Chapter, ASLA and 4 term member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Past Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Ball State from 2001 until 2008.
Honors and Awards:.
President’s Award, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. 2000;
Claire Bennett Legacy Award. INASLA. 2003;
Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects. 2004.
Sappenfield Award for Outstanding Faculty, College of Architecture and Planning. 2005.
Fellow, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, 2007.