Landscape architects combine critial design thinking, planning and design, and knowledge of physical and social sciences, to engage situations of landscape involving health, safety, and wellbeing.
Gene Bressler, FASLA
Professor and Department Head of Landscape Architecture
T: (919) 515-8342 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The department of landscape architecture has a rich legacy built on preparing graduate students for the rigors of professional practice, research, leadership, and community engagement.
Our mission is to teach, learn, research, and apply state-of-the-art practices that create innovative and resilient landscape solutions focused on human and ecosystem health, social equity, and quality of life.
The programs emphasize evidence-based inquiry and strategic design thinking that positions students and graduates to engage with and propel the landscape architecture profession into the future as it evolves in response to environmental and societal imperatives. Students combine critical design thinking, principles and technologies of planning and design, and knowledge of physical and social sciences, to frame and engage questions, problems, and situations of landscape that involve health, safety, and wellbeing.
Immediate “laboratories” are the growing, shifting landscapes of the urban, suburban, and rural landscapes of the Mountain, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain regions of North Carolina. The program also utilizes international study venues in Prague, Czech Republic. The social, economic, and environmental imperatives resident within these landscapes fuel the program’s academic, scholarly, extension and engagement agenda. While representing accessible examples and situations to study, the knowledge and experiences derived extend and apply globally at multiple scales and cultures.
We prepare the next generation of landscape architects to engage challenges and opportunities focused on:
- Landscape dynamics and resilient design;
- Community planning and design;
- Design for children and families;
- Research and evidence-based design strategies; and
- Emerging digital design tools for representation, simulation, and evaluation.
It is within this context that the landscape architecture program links theory with practice, history with change, technology with invention, and designers with their constituents.
The Department of Landscape Architecture’s undergraduate Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program is no longer offered.
However, it is possible for NC State University undergraduate students to take certain landscape architecture courses as electives, within the context of an Undergraduate Minor in Landscape Architecture from within their current majors. This would give them advanced standing in the NC State University First Professional Master of Landscape Architecture Program should they decide to apply and be accepted.
For advising and approval, please contact the Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Gene Bressler, FASLA, email@example.com.
Students following this path currently major in:
- Design Studies and Architecture from within the NC State College of Design
- Landscape Horticulture from within the NC State Department of Horticultural Sciences
- Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and Forest and Environmental Resources from within the NC State College of Natural Resources
- Civil Engineering from within the NC State College of Engineering
The department offers three main academic curriculum tracks:
- First Professional Masters of Landscape Architecture
- Post-Professional 48-credit-hour Masters of Landscape Architecture
- Post-Professional 30-credit-hour Masters of Landscape Architecture
The department also offers the following certificates and programs:
- Inter-Institutional Study
- Graduate Minors and Certificate Programs
The first half of the academic program prepares students for the current practice and discipline of landscape architecture. It equips them with the core knowledge base, tools, processes, and skills in design, site works, history and theory, planning, research and the culture of professional practice.
The second half of the academic program propels students into the profession and discipline of the future that they will help evolve and lead. It positions students to pursue substantive inquiry into their own, those of the faculty, and those of the larger extended community. Students master bodies of knowledge, pursue evidence-based research, and hone verbal, written, and graphic communication skills.
Throughout their program of study, students combine critical design thinking talents with their intelligence, creativity, and passions to frame, engage and challenge the questions, problems, and situations of landscape that involve health, safety, welfare, and quality of life.
Director of Graduate Programs
First Professional Masters of Landscape Architecture - for students without an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture
The Department of Landscape Architecture offers an accredited first professional degree program in landscape architecture at the master’s (MLA) level. The curriculum is designed to meet both the requirements of the NCSU Graduate School and the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB), a national organization chartered by the US Department of Education and recognized by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). Advanced standing in the program may be given on a case-by-case basis depending on prior coursework in landscape architecture and other design disciplines (architecture, urban design).
Post-Professional 48-credit-hour Masters of Landscape Architecture
This is a non-accredited 48-credit-hour program for students who already hold an accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree. Advanced standing in the program may be given on a case-by-case basis depending upon prior academic course work in landscape architecture and other design disciplines.
This program is intended for those wanting to pursue advanced course work and research reflective of program faculty and student interest and expertise with the main purpose to advance knowledge and capability of the discipline and practice of landscape architecture. The program of study requires specific course work in design and research and completion of graduate level elective courses offered by the department, college, or university. Advising and scholarly mentoring are graciously provided by the faculty, the Director of the Graduate Program and the Department Head.
Post-Professional 30-credit-hour Masters of Landscape Architecture
This is a non-accredited 30-credit-hour program for students who already hold an accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree and are CLARB registered. Advanced standing in the program may be given on a case-by-case basis depending upon prior academic course work in landscape architecture and other design disciplines.
Graduate Minors and Certificate Programs
Graduate minors are available to all students and consist of nine credit hours of courses in 400-level or above in another graduate degree granting discipline. A member of that degree’s faculty may serve as a third member of the student’s final project committee. Certificates offered in GIS, Public Policy and Horticultural Science may be of particular interest. Please visit the Graduate School website for more information.
Certificates and Concentrations are opportunities to add a specialization to a graduate degree in landscape architecture and reflect faculty depth in a particular area of inquiry.
Graduate Certificate in City Design
The City Design Certificate is offered jointly by the Department of Landscape Architecture and the School of Architecture.
Students at NC State University may also register for courses at local universities (UNC–Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, and Duke University) paying NC State University credit fees. Our students have an exceptional range of courses and programs open to them through these inter-institutional study opportunities.
A cooperative agreement between the NCSU Department of Landscape Architecture and the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of City and Regional Planning exists that enables students to matriculate in both programs and earn CONCURRENT degrees from both institutions. Certain elective requirements from each program are reduced to facilitate matriculation. Students must comply with each institution’s specific policies and rules governing matriculation. Please seek advisement to discuss your interests and matriculation plans with the department heads at both institutions.
Students may also take courses at the other Raleigh colleges that are members of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges organization. (Currently Meredith College is the only one of these colleges to offer graduate-level courses.)