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Landscape architects combine critical design thinking, planning and design, and knowledge of physical and social sciences, to engage situations of landscape involving health, safety, and wellbeing.
Meg Calkins, FASLA
Professor and Department Head of Landscape Architecture
T: (919) 515-8342 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The department of landscape architecture’s fully accredited program 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 landscapes focused on human and ecosystem health, safety, wellbeing, social equity, and quality of life. As supporters of the New Landscape Declaration, we emphasize evidence-based inquiry and 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 talents with intelligence, creativity, and passion to frame, engage, experiment, and challenge the questions, problems, and opportunities involving diverse landscape situations.
NC State landscape architecture graduate students will master bodies of knowledge, pursue evidence-based research, and hone verbal, written, and graphic communication skills. The first half of the first professional MLA program equips students with the core knowledge, skills, and abilities that form the foundation of current professional practice. This includes competency in design, modeling, and representation, with an understanding of history, theory, planning, research, and the tools and processes by which they are applied. 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 areas of their own choosing or those of the faculty or the larger extended professional community.
Addressing severe and massive climate change related impacts to life and property is an example of such imperatives that are explored through the mission, critical teaching, research, and engagement work that the program undertakes. This includes organizing and leading trans-disciplinary research teams to address critical ecological and community development challenges in vulnerable coastal regions, with a concentrated focus on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. In a current initiative, faculty and students are working with communities impacted by severe flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew to develop affordable housing options for those displaced by the disaster and sustainable alternatives for stewardship of the lands being vacated as a result of resettlement efforts.
It is within this context that the NC State MLA program links theory with practice, history with change, technology with invention, and designers with their constituents.
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.
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 the student 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, Meg Calkins, 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, wellbeing, and quality of life.
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.
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. 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. 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 Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (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 another graduate degree granting discipline, listed as 400-level or above. 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.)