- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)
- Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
- Master of Historic Preservation (MHP)
- Environmental Planning & Design (MEPD)
- Environmental Ethics Certificate (EECP)
Landscape Architecture - Make a Difference!
No really…what is Landscape Architecture?!
Almost everyone would probably recognize famous landscape architecture sites like New York City’s High Line or Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. But don’t rule out a downtown square, local park, or even your own backyard. Green roofs, urban farms, corporate campuses— these all define landscape architecture. Check out the realm of possibility with LA projects below (topics include links to award winning designs of that type and more info). (ASLA.org)
But Landscape Architecture is just for Landscapers, right?
Definitely not! See above for the numerous possibilities with becoming a Landscape Architect. While you certainly can get into landscaping, the spectrum is broad and you determine where you end up. Restoring endangered wetlands, reducing hospital stays, securing government and other buildings, removing toxins from rainwater — these aren’t just pipe dreams or bandwagon movements. They are what landscape architects are designing and setting goals for right now. A few examples include:
Healing gardens — Working with medical professionals, landscape architects create landscapes that reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve Alzheimer’s symptoms, encourage physical activity, and reduce time spent in hospitals.
Bioremediation — Landscape architects use natural systems of plants, fungi, or soil microbes to transform formerly polluted industrial sites into a safe and valuable public green space.
Green Roofs — Instead of a black tar roof, a living system of plants and soil can actually reduce air temperature by 59 degrees in the summer, save winter heating costs, clean and store rainwater, and provide habitat to pollinating insects and birds.
Energy Savings — Landscape architects can utilize trees, shrubs and other plants to lower a home’s heating/cool costs by as much as 50 percent in the summer and up to 8 percent in the winter
To learn more about career potential with a degree in Landscape Architecture, please read the United States Department of Labor’s statistics by clicking HERE.
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