Welcome from the Landscape Architecture Program Chair

Terry Clements, FASLA, FCELA

The Landscape Architecture Program’s accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree programs prepare students to enter professional practice in landscape architecture and, through their work and leadership, to significantly influence the design, planning and management of the built environment while enriching their local communities and society at large. The program has an established international reputation as one of North America’s leading programs. Our students and alumni are sought to work in design and planning firms, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and community and non-profit organizations across the United States and abroad.

Doctoral students in landscape architecture track of the School of Architecture + Design’s Ph.D. program are addressing complex and confounding issues confronting our built and natural environment. The program also propels professional education in landscape architecture as part of advanced graduate studies. Ph.D. students can supplement their area research through participation in the Graduate School’s Future Professoriate Certificate Program and work with teaching faculty to develop their teaching portfolio.

Students undertaking an undergraduate Minor in Landscape Architecture join the landscape architecture students as they too learn to see and understand the landscape and people’s roles our caring for our environmental future.

Come explore the program, and meet faculty and students as they explore the future of our built world. 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. Students are developing and expanding greater understandings of the complex interrelationships between people and the physical environment and exploring more sustainable and resilient futures that integrate natural processes, public and individual needs, cultural relevance and societal visions.

If you are interested in addressing challenges and opportunities in the built environment, designing places for people in concern with cultural values and natural systems, we’d love to meet you. While tours for the undergraduate program are held on Fridays at noon. (Click here for dates and to pre-register), other times and graduate program visits are easy to set-up. Please 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 program’s curriculum is founded in three overlapping premises
• Design for Resilience (Geodesign)
• Community Engaged Design
• Design for People and Place

The next generation of landscape architects explore and propel the profession and discipline of landscape architecture as they address critical issues embedded in the built environment’s sticky problems. Design for Resilience uses a geodesign framework to investigate disturbances to urban ecosystems, especially those caused by design activities and impacting community resilience. Community Engaged Design practices address 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. Design for People and Place integrates culture, human and environmental history, and human and natural systems as students engage in design explorations.

Come visit! If you’ve questions, please contact us.

Terry Clements, FASLA, FCELA
LA Program Chair and Professor