Department Mission

Mission Statement

The Department of Landscape Architecture’s mission is:

To provide a learning environment in which faculty, staff and students can advance the discipline and profession of landscape architecture through the creative discovery, critical examination and transmission of knowledge. The approach is interdisciplinary and emphasizes environmental sensitivity while simultaneously providing the highest possible quality of life for humans through landscape design, planning, policy, conservation and management.

We accomplish our mission through an integrated program of research and scholarship, teaching and learning, campus and public service, and professional practice.

Teaching Goals and Objectives

The goals for all of the Department of Landscape Architecture academic programs (BSLA, ALS, MSLA, and MALA) are to:

  • Heighten students’ awareness and sensitivity to the world in which we live, and respect for the natural world as well as people and their needs.
  • Develop students’ ability to integrate aesthetic, artistic, scientific, cultural, institutional, social, ecological and technological dimensions in the design, planning and/or management of landscapes.
  • Develop students’ ability to find and evaluate information and to work as a member of a productive, collaborative group.
  • Provide training in the intellectual and technical skills necessary to creatively solve problems and/or produce new knowledge for landscape design, planning or management