Welcome from the Landscape Architecture Program Chair
Terry Clements, FASLA, FCELA

Welcome! The Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech offers accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees, a landscape architecture track in the School of Architecture + Design’s Ph.D. program and an undergraduate minor in Landscape Architecture. Please come and visit to explore our program and meet faculty and students.

The Landscape Architecture Program guides students as they address some of the most important challenges of our time: climate change; healthy living and empathetic design; urbanization; re-imagining water, food, energy and transportation; green infrastructure; remediation of spoiled and disturbed sites; and conservation of critical natural and cultural resources. We believe the work of the profession is at the critical intersection of natural and cultural systems and that landscape architecture is one the most consequential design arts in the 21st century.

If you are interested in problem-solving in the built environment, designing places for people and in concert with the natural environment, we’d love to meet you. Tours for the Bachelors of Landscape Architecture are held on Fridays at noon. (Click here to check dates and pre-register). Other times and graduate program visits are easy to set-up. Just call 540.231.5583 or email: LAR@vt.edu.

The core of our academic program is a sequence of design studios accompanied by seminar, lecture, and experiential coursework that incorporates contemporary and emerging knowledge related to technology, design theory, landscape ecology, and human/environment interaction. The design studios provide a setting for students and faculty to investigate contemporary practices and address critical landscape architectural issues, contexts, and project types.

The Virginia Tech Landscape Architecture Program’s mission is to advance teaching and learning, discovery, and the application of forward-thinking design and planning principles and practices. The program’s overlapping Communities of Practice – Community Engagement, GeoDesign, and Design Education – explore and propel the profession and discipline of landscape architecture as they address critical issues embedded in the built environment’s sticky problems. Our community engagement community addresses some of the most pressing problems for in our contemporary communities, such as food access, water quality, social and environmental inequality, and environmental health and well-being. Our geodesign community uses a geodesign framework to investigate disturbances to urban ecosystems, especially those caused by design activities and impacting community resilience. The design education community seeks to advance professional education in landscape architecture to propel the profession through critical design and planning practices. These communities of practice contribute to the core of the program’s academic degree offerings as well as scholarship and engagement.

Our students and alumni have a wide range of employment and professional opportunities including work in private practice, multidisciplinary firms, public agencies and municipalities, non-government organizations and non-profits. Off-campus study options include a summer travel studio, study at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, and exchange programs with Tongji University in Shanghai, or University College, Dublin, Ireland, as well as an independent semester abroad studies and professional internships.

The Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech has an established international reputation as one of North America’s leading and highly-ranked programs. Program graduates are well-prepared for a wide-range of professional and academic practice options and are sought to fill positions in design and planning firms, governmental and municipal agencies, and community and non-profit organizations across the United States and abroad.

Terry Clements, FASLA, FCELA
LA Program Chair and Professor