Students Help with the Hit ABC TV Show

The landscape and architecture department was selected by the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' team.

Students will implement the design on Nov. 20-21.

Students will implement the design on Nov. 20-21.

Texas Tech's landscape architecture department was selected to bring to life a landscape design for the popular TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

Alon Kvashny, chairman of the department, developed the drought-tolerant design and guided 85 of the department's students, who together will spend Nov. 20-21 implementing the design.

As the landscaping process approaches, Kvashny said his students are excited about the high-profile community service project.


"They've all seen this reality show on television and they like projects that help families," he said of his students.

Executive producers for the show contacted faculty in the department prior to construction and asked if they wanted to help with the design process. The faculty and students complied and were honored to produce landscape surrounding a three bedroom, two bath modular house.

Kvashny said in the design development he needed to focus his plan on the needs of families living in West Texas.

"The main idea here is ease of maintenance and minimal water use," Kvashny said. "The core of the design rests on creating sustainable places for the family to enjoy the outdoors."

Saturday, Nov. 20, marks the fifth day of the show's seven-day construction in Wellman. On the final day, the house will be presented to Jeanne and Johnny Mac Brown, a family who lost their 17-year-old daughter last year in a texting-while-driving accident.

In the show, host Ty Pennington leads his crew as they build and model a home for a family in need. Past projects have been for people with a serious illness, or a family coping with death of a loved one. The Browns' daughter, Alex, died when she lost control of her car while driving to school.

Texas Tech is one of only 18 programs in the nation to offer accredited, license-qualifying landscape architecture degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Its five-year undergraduate and three-year graduate programs have been fully accredited since 1972 and 2000, respectively.


The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is made up of six departments:

  • Agriculture and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Animal and Food Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Natural Resources Management

The college also consists of eleven research centers and institutes, including the Cotton Economics Research Institute, the International Cotton Research Center and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute.



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