Betnar - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture


Bret O. Betnar

Bret Betnar


University of Pennsylvania
MLA, Master of Landscape Architecture

Louisiana State University
BLA, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture



Bret Betnar is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. He teaches courses in studio design, site engineering, hand graphics and digital communications. Prior to his appointment at OU, Bret taught at the University of Nebraska, Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo and Louisiana State University. He is a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Oklahoma and has practiced in both Colorado and Washington, D.C.

Professional Credentials

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. (August 15, 2018 – Present).

Licensed Landscape Architect, State of Oklahoma. (October 2017 – Present).

Oklahoma Chapter of ASLA. (September 2017 – Present).

American Society of Landscape Architects. (July 1, 2014 – Present).

Research and Creative Activities in Progress

“Experimental Green Roof at the National Weather Center” (Planning). (October 1, 2017-Present). Continued research on the Experimental Green Roof at the National Weather Center. Studies will include: determination of water needs and efficacy of smart-controlled irrigation systems for established prairie green roofs in the southern Great Plains; establishment and survivability of grass and forb species found locally within western Oklahoma ecoregions.


Merit Award: Analysis + Planning, Central States- ASLA. (April 2014)

Award of Excellence: Analysis + Planning, American Society of Landscape Architects. (September 2010).