Who We Are
The Landscape Architecture program at The Design School at Arizona State University aims to teach students to make the world more sustainable, healthy and beautiful. The mission of the Landscape Architecture program is to advance knowledge and understanding for the creative planning, design and management of the landscape by providing a challenging and effective educational environment that instills a life-long desire for learning. The intent is to facilitate positive change and to prepare students for professional practice, advanced study and eventual leadership in landscape architecture. The program emphasis is in the areas of sustainability and urban ecological design and planning.
The program offers accredited degrees in landscape architecture at both the bachelor’s (the BSLA) and master’s (the MLA) level, enabling students to engage with communities through applied projects designed to improve the ecological and social health of whole cities, wilderness areas, neighborhoods, urban parks, streets, private residences and gardens. Landscape architects are licensed professionals dedicated to environmental stewardship.Students gain knowledge and skills in ecology, the natural environment, design and art, sustainability and construction technology, hand drawing and digital rendering, urban revitalization and ecological restoration. The Landscape Architecture program is committed to preparing students for professional practice in landscape architecture and advanced study at the graduate and doctoral level. Our graduates have found employment in nationally recognized firms in the United States and abroad; in municipal, state and federal agencies; and have established their own landscape architecture firms.
The 2018 Design Intelligence Rankings recognized both the BSLA & MLA as top landscape architecture programs in the United States. The BSLA ranked #16 of the top 20 undergraduate Landscape Architecture programs & MLA ranked #17 of the top 20 graduate landscape architecture programs.
What We’re Reading
- Architectural Education is Changing: Let’s Hope the Profession Can Keep Up – Common/Edge
- SWT Design Vol.3, “Planning & Urban Design”
- The Water Knife Paperback by Paolo Bacigalupi
- Toward an Urban Ecology: SCAPE / Landscape Architecture by Kate Orff
- Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development by Vandana Shiva
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
- The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler
- The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
- Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold
- The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John le Carré
- The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski
- Infinity: Beyond the Beyond the Beyond by Lillian R. Lieber