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CELA recognizes Landscape Architecture's Taner Ozdil for Excellence in Teaching

April 24, 2015

Landscape Architecture associate professor Taner Ozdil has been recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). The award was presented on March 27, 2015 at the annual CELA conference in Manhattan, Kansas. The award recognizes excellence in creative, innovative and effective teaching methodologies and practice.

Ozdil was submitted as a candidate for the award by Landscape Architecture Program director and architecture associate professor Pat Taylor and was previously nominated in 2012.

Professor Ozdil credits his former educators and institutions for his development as an educator, including Ankara University in Turkey, the University of Colorado at Denver, Texas A&M University, and UT Arlington, which he says "has given me a house to grow as an educator and scholar of landscape architecture, urban design and planning fields."

Ozdil also credits his students for his growth as a teacher. "Each student who believes in the value of education and comes to the classroom with a passion to learn has had a lasting effect on me to be a better educator."

An article on Professor Ozdil's award ("Architecture professor receives Excellence in Teaching Award" by staff writer Anjali Khatri) appeared in UT Arlington's campus paper The Shorthorn on April 10, 2015.

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) is composed of virtually all the programs of higher learning in landscape architecture in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as individual and institutional members from many other parts of the world. The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture can trace its beginnings to 1920. For more than ninety years it has been concerned with the content and quality of professional education in landscape architecture.

The new College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at UT Arlington combines the long-successful programs of the School of Architecture and the School of Urban and Public affairs into a united institution that will extend the impact and excellence of the university in areas related to design, architecture, urban planning and public affairs.

CELA ceremony

ozdil with students