Why Study Landscape Architecture?
While an architect designs buildings, a landscape architect designs almost everything else in the built environment: gardens, urban plazas, streetscapes, parks, resorts, trails, golf courses, subdivisions and more.
As a landscape architecture student, you will develop detailed landscape plans that are aesthetically pleasing, functional and compatible with the built and natural environment. The design process involves creative expression that comes from an understanding of the landscape context, natural systems, cultural systems and social dynamics. You will learn to interpret, imagine, draw, conceptualize, synthesize and construct project ideas that transform the landscape.
Why Study Landscape Architecture?
As a landscape architect, you will play a critical role in the design of outdoor space for the health, safety and well-being of individuals and their communities. The positive benefits of a single design project are invaluable.
With issues of sustainability becoming more critical, as a landscape architect you will be ready and prepared to address them as you design the interface between humankind and the urban, suburban and natural environment. You will play an important role in environmental healing by designing and implementing projects that respect both the needs of people and our environment.
Landscape Architecture Project Examples
What Could I Do With a Degree in Landscape Architecture?
Within landscape architecture, you have the option to select a predefined emphasis area or work with your faculty advisor to customize your plan of study. These areas include:
Prepare landscape designs, drawings, technical specifications and cost estimates, as well as perform construction administration in the field.
- Environmental Planning
Conduct cultural resource inventory and analysis, analyze landscape features using geographic information systems, and prepare environmental assessment reports and impact statements.
Integrate plant knowledge and science into garden design. Learn more about the role of landscape management and receive a minor in horticulture.
OSU has the only accredited undergraduate landscape architecture program in the state and is one of only a handful in the entire country. Accreditation assures employers that graduates are prepared to meet the industries professional standards.
Landscape Architecture Highlight
Students are guaranteed interaction with at least 100 industry professionals prior to graduation. This includes teamwork sessions allowing students to work beside professionals to develop concepts for a city park.
OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Hands-on laboratories are included in many courses, and students in the department have the unique advantage of utilizing The Botanic Garden at OSU and the Water Conservation and Irrigation Training Center. Additionally, all students in the department are required to complete an internship prior to graduation.
The OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture awards all new freshman and transfer students enrolled in a major within the department a $500 scholarship upon completion of basic requirements (some exclusions may apply). In addition, more than $100,000 in scholarships were given to undergraduate students in the department this year. CASNR awarded an additional $600,000 to students within the college.
Contact the Department
Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
358 Agricultural Hall
Oklahoma State University
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