The LAR track in the A+D Ph.D. program’s overlapping Communities of Practice explores and propel the profession and discipline of landscape architecture as they address that address critical issues embedded in the built environment’s wicked problems:
• Community Engagement
• Design Education.
Our community engagement community addresses some of the most pressing community problems for in our contemporary world, such as food access, water quality, social inequality, and environmental degradation. The GeoDesign community uses a GeoDesign framework to investigate disturbances to urban ecosystems, especially those caused by design activities and impacting community resilience. And 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.