Malcolm Cairns

Malcolm Cairns

Professor of Landscape Architecture



Room:AB 207

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

Professional Registration:

Iowa, Indiana

Major Emphases:

• Introductory Coursework and Pedagogy for Landscape Architecture
• Documentation and Evaluation of Historic landscapes
• Park and Open Space
• Historic Development of Educational Programs

Publications and Activities:

“An Elegant Vision: Indiana Historic Landscape Architecture.” Traces of Indiana. 17:4 (Fall, 2005) 15-23.

“A Century of the City Beautiful: George Kessler’s 1912 Park and Boulevard Plan for Fort Wayne”. Exhibit, 2014. Douglass Park Cultural Landscape Report. 2018.

Historic Landscape Consultant: 2002-present Marian College (Allison Estate, Jens Jensen); 2002 Indianapolis Park and Boulevard (George Kessler, LA) National Register Nomination (IndyParks/Storrow Kinsella Associates.); 2009-10 Brookview Neighborhood, Section 106 review. Fort Wayne (with C. Baas).

Landscape Preservation Consultant: Obama Foundation/Obama Presidential Center. 2018.

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, Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning. 2005.

Fellow, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, 2007

Design Intelligence listing of 10 most respected faculty members in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 2007 and 2008

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
LA Engineering 1 211 1 1230 - 1515 T R AB, room 100
LA Internship 369 1 0000 - 0000
LA Internship 369 2 0000 - 0000
Independent Projects 490 3 0000 - 0000
Internship 669 1 0000 - 0000