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The design/build program integrates a full-range range of planning, site design, and construction strategies to serve our campus partners’ programs and implementation needs.  Built on an overall ethic of community, the program’s efforts advocate for sustainabilityand artistry in the creation of enduring designs that are socially, environmentally and contextually appropriate.  The each studio creates engaging and affordable solutions that enhance the campus environment within which each member of the NC State community lives, works and plays.

Each project exposes students to leading-edge methods of site analysis, site programming and layout, educational site planning and design, urban design and hardscape improvements, landscape planting design, construction management, and applied LID (Low Impact Development) best management practices, techniques and technologies.  More specifically, participating students confront the essential aspects of sustainable site development – from soil function and plants, to stormwater and vehicular circulation, to a community’s cultural and economic conditions – and incorporates this knowledge throughout a highly collaborative design process.

Adhering to these principles and processes, the NC State Department of Landscape Architecture Design/Build Studio has designed and constructed numerous award-winning projects.  Projects developed through this creative partnership have been recognized by multiple professional organizations and agencies, including various state chapters (NC, SC, GA) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the North Carolina Triangle Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Hardscapes North America (HNO), the City of Raleigh, North Carolina State University, and the North Carolina Housing Officers (NCHO).