Erik Schmahl

Adjunct Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture
School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Erik Schmahl


Areas of Expertise

  • Garden design
  • Public space and capitalism
  • Psychogeography


Master of Landscape Architecture, The University of Arizona

BS in Environmental Studies, Florida State University

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Erik Schmahl is an adjunct lecturer and designer whose landscape practice draws inspiration from garden construction craft, contemporary art and biogeography. Erik’s background in environmental studies and fine art coalesced in landscape architecture at the University of Arizona, where he received his MLA.

Erik has worked on dusty backcountry trail crews in the California wilderness for the Bureau of Land Management, on large-scale civic infrastructure projects as a designer at AHBE Landscape Architects and on an eclectic array of art installations and commercial and residential projects as a design lead at TERREMOTO in Los Angeles. In 2019 Erik studied traditional garden craft at the Portland Japanese Garden’s International Japanese Garden Training Center.

Erik is the owner of One Big Yard, a design office based in Tucson, Arizona.


  • ARC 101 Foundation Studio

Selected Publications

  • Godshall, D., Schmahl, E., and Webb, S. "We Dance with New Moves to Songs of the Past." Ground Up Journal, March 2020, pp. 64-69.