Landscape Architecture

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A Degree in Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture employs knowledge from the arts and sciences to explore reasons for and the techniques involved in shaping the outdoor environment. Large-scale work includes such areas of interest as urban design and landscape ecological design, while medium and smaller-scale work is undertaken in site planning, residential design, park and recreation design, and landscape reclamation. In this diverse and changing profession, new and emerging foci include biotechnical construction, landscape interpretation, and the design of restorative environments, green roofs, and living walls.

Mission

The mission of the landscape architecture program is to advance knowledge and understanding of the creative planning, design, and management of the landscape by providing challenging and relevant educational experiences. The program emphasizes sustainability and other challenges of the 21st century through the design of healthy, equitable, safe, and resilient environments. Our purpose is to facilitate positive change and prepare students for professional practice, advanced study, and leadership in landscape architecture.

Objectives

The landscape architecture program's educational objectives are:

  • To prepare students for diverse careers in professional practice related to the design and stewardship of urban ecosystems by cultivating competencies in design, critical thinking, research and communication skills
  • To develop students’ research skills, knowledge base, and understanding of process and methodologies
  • To provide students with the opportunities to engage in projects relevant to urban landscapes, sustainability, and resilience
  • To encourage students to be active members of the professional community
  • To ground learning in community-oriented and place-based creative and research projects
  • To leverage learning opportunities between landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental design

Educational Experiences

For more information on the student educational experience and opportunities to study landscape architecture, see the links below for the:

  • Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA)
  • Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
  • Minor in Landscape Studies

Accreditation Status

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) and three-year first-professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree programs at Arizona State University are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).

The BSLA Program and the MLA Program were both last accredited in 2020 and are scheduled for re-accreditation in the Spring of 2026. For more information on LAAB, see: https://www.asla.org/AccreditationLAAB.aspx
Professional licensure is governed by each state licensing board. More information on licensure can be found on the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) website: https://www.asla.org/licensure.aspx

Status of Licensed Faculty

The landscape architecture profession is recognized and regulated through licensure issued by each state. Landscape architects are licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (see more info about licensure at https://www.asla.org/licensure.aspx).

In the academic year 2021-2022, there are nine licensed faculty out of a total of 14 full-time and part-time combined faculty registered actively in various states (e.g., Arizona, California, Illinois) who support either or both Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programs.

Student Achievement

Student achievements are recognized through the following public recognition on an annual basis and celebrated each April during World Landscape Architecture Month:

  • Arizona ASLA Student Honor and Merit Awards
  • Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Olmsted Scholar and Student Scholarships
  • Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Fountain Scholar and Student Awards
  • Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society – Alpha Zeta Chapter

Costs and Financial Resources for a Full-Time Student

Arizona State University Net Cost Calculator provides graduate applicants estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance – including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and other related expenses – minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students.

Estimated cost to attend can be found at https://tuition.asu.edu/cost-calculator/tuition.

Estimated housing costs per year for on campus students can be found at https://housing.asu.edu/housing-resources/housing-rates-and-costs.

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) students report spending an average of $800 on books, supplies, printing, etc. per year.

Scholarships are available for both BSLA and MLA students in various amounts through ASU as well as the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Estimated scholarship specifically for first-time first year students attending ASU: https://scholarships.asu.edu/estimator

Through the Herberger Institute: https://scholarships.asu.edu/colleges/design-arts

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Grader positions are available for MLA students only but are not guaranteed. Teaching Assistant positions reduce tuition to half of an in-state resident rate plus around a $5,000 stipend. Graders are compensated by hourly work performed, not including tuition remission. Other funding opportunities are available to help students pay for conferences/travel related to their program of study. See: https://students.herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/student-life/scholarships-grants

Number of Degrees Awarded Per Year

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA):

  • 2021: 23
  • 2020:  28
  • 2019:  22
  • 2018: 17
  • 2017: 28
  • 2016: 23
  • 2015: 21
  • 2014: 28

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA):

  • 2021: 3
  • 2020: 3
  • 2019: 3
  • 2018: N/A
  • 2017: 7
  • 2016: 5
  • 2015: 6
  • 2014: 8

Student Graduation Rates

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA): the percentage of students with timely graduation (students graduating within 6 years or less).

  • 2021: 100%
  • 2020: 100%
  • 2019: 100%
  • 2018: 100%
  • 2017: 100%

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA): the percentage of students with timely graduation (students graduating within 4 years or less).

  • 2021: 100%
  • 2020: 100%
  • 2019: 100%
  • 2018: N/A
  • 2017: 100%
  • 2016: 100%
  • 2015: 86%
  • 2014: 100%

Student Retention Rates

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA): The percentage of degree seeking BSLA students enrolled in the Fall 2nd and 3rd year curriculum and return in Fall 3nd and 4th year curriculum:

  • 2021: 85%
  • 2020: 87%
  • 2018/19: 96%
  • 2017/18: 91%
  • 2016/17: 93%

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA): The percentage of MLA students enrolled in the program in the Fall 1st year of 2-year MLA curriculum and return in Fall 2nd year curriculum:

  • 2021: 75%
  • 2020: 88%
  • 2018/19: 100%
  • 2017/18: N/A
  • 2016/17: 100%

Student Creative Career Services

The Creative Career Services at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts provide resources for career development including a platform for job search and managing internship programs. See: https://students.herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/creative-careers-services/advising. Post-graduation employment information is currently not accessible publicly.

A Degree in Urban Design

The Master of Urban Design (MUD) is a multidisciplinary program in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The curriculum draws from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, law, civil engineering, planning, public programs, real estate development, and the first School of Sustainability in the United States. 

Landscape Architecture Degrees

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Landscape architect at work with a pencil and a model
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