The Landscape Architecture Program is fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board and is the only four-year accredited program in a four-state region. This program also offers the only collaborative interdisciplinary approach with the allied disciplines of architecture, interior design and planning.
Landscape architecture combines art and environmental sciences. Landscape architects design exterior spaces and places. Those less familiar with landscape architecture tend to think of the profession in relatively basic terms, involving plantings around a building or in a park, for example. The reality is quite different; the profession is much broader, richer, and far-reaching. Landscape architects design at many scales, ranging from a tiny roof deck terrace to thousands of acres of National Forest lands; from the private realm of corporate office courtyard to the public realm of a neighborhood park or community plan; from the specialized creation of a healing garden at a hospital to a customized rehabilitation of a native wetlands. The numerous project types, practice types, along with the professional possibilities available to someone with a background in landscape architecture is almost unlimited.
The four-year undergraduate program consists of a common first year of courses shared by students in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. This year is followed by two years where students develop discipline-based knowledge and skills focused on site and building, community planning and design, and urban environments. The final year allows for collaborative work with students in architecture, interior design, and planning in research-based studios. Students participate in exploring a broad range of design problems in the studios where they develop design solutions that are presented to practicing professionals and for some projects, actual clients or partners. Students participate in a myriad of opportunities to support learning in the profession including professional electives, seminars, minors, lecture series, and study abroad. Learning about the profession continues in the required internship program where students work in professional design firms for academic credit. The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree requires 120-semester credit hours of coursework.
The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program is committed to the transformative power of design. The faculty and students come together in a creative environment combining studio-based teaching and learning, innovative research and creative activity, and community focused service and engagement to enable faculty and graduates to address the synthesis of environmental systems and human need with innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary action.
Landscape architecture has always been fundamental in defining the urban spaces and places. More recently, the incredible successes of projects such as the High Line in New York City, the ChonGae Canal and the like, have enabled landscape architecture to prove itself as a key driver in urban economic, ecological and social advances, especially under the context of urban reinvigoration and renewal. Under a thesis of “new frontage”, the studio asks students to explore how landscape architecture can play a central role in today’s urban movement as an interface that facilitates and energizes interactions and ties together various urban systems. The multi-scalar exploration unfolds to three progressive levels, that of urban framework, street networks and public spaces, corresponding to planning work at the beginning that leads to streetscape design and finally the design of open spaces. Operating in an interesting local neighborhood that is highly focused on art and identity have provided students with a good base for debating important issues on space design but also their social and ecological implications.
Instructor: Yujia Wang
Students: Aus Perez, Caitlin Smith, Ibrahim Al Kharusi, Jessica Schafer, Kate Boren, Madeline McGill, Nabhan Al Hajri, Rashid Al Musalhi