Landscape Architecture Program Reaccreditation Spring 2018
It will be six years since the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board granted the initial accreditation to the course of study leading to the first professional BLA degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Now we are planning for the re¬accreditation, spring 2018. Friday, October 6th, the Landscape Architecture faculty met with eight local professionals to talk about the changes in the Landscape Architecture program as well as sought input in shaping the program towards a successful six more years of accreditation. Since 2012, the program has transitioned from a five-year to a four-year program that includes a common first year, interdisciplinary and service-learning studios and education abroad. The professionals were very complimentary toward the faculty on the program and one former alumni thought the course sequence supported learning much better. Their suggestions focused on developing practical professional skills like technical writing, hand graphics, surveying, public speaking, time management, project budgeting and cost estimating. Some suggested the inclusion of project types that are more applicable to the Nebraska market such as corridor design, urbanism|placemaking and sports facilities. It was a thoughtful and productive meeting and the faculty left thinking of ways to include these suggestions into their courses.
-Kim L. Wilson