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Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

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.

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a STEM-designated degree and fully accredited program that prepares graduate students for the rigors of professional practice, research, leadership, and community engagement. Students combine critical design thinking with creativity, and passion to address diverse landscape architecture and environmental planning projects.

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Don’t forget, today is jam packed with events!

12-1: Brown Bag Lunch with Barbara Deutsch in the Pit
4:30-5:30: Lecture with Barbara Deutsch in Burns Auditorium
5:30: Happy Hour at Players Retreat

See you there!

Join us next Wednesday, March 27th for Barbara Deutsch’s lecture “Designing for People and Planet: a Great Time to be a Landscape Architect” @lafoundation

The lecture will take place in Burns Auditorium from 4:30-6pm. For licensed professionals, this lecture is a great opportunity for CEU’s.

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Tomorrow, Wednesday March 20th, SASLA and the LAEP department is sponsoring a brown bag lunch and evening lecture with Kyle Verseman and Jayne Worth from Landscape Forms.

Please welcome them at the brown bag lunch in the pit from 12-1.
The lecture will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 in Burns Auditorium.

See you there!

NC State’s Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning is proud to announce our Spring 2024 Lecture Series:

VISIONS: A Range of Magnitudes

The lectures take place in Burns Auditorium at 4:30 pm. Make sure to save the dates!

February 21, 2024:
Kona Gray, FASLA, PLA
Principal, EDSA; ASLA President Elect

March 27, 2024:
Barbara Deutsch, FASLA
CEO, Landscape Architecture Foundation

April 3, 2024:
Thomas Woltz, FASLA, CLARB
Sr. Principal and Owner, Nelson Byrd Woltz

April 17, 2024:
Dr. Saúl Alcántara Onofre
Professor, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

This semester, joining via Zoom will not be an option, so please come support our lectures and events in person. Recordings will be posted to

Not to be missed! hashtag#IFLAAmericas Regional Conference in hashtag#BuenoaAires this May!

Join hashtag#landscapearchitecture colleagues, practitioners, and faculty from across the Americas: North, Central, and South!

Greater knowledge = > probability we’ll tackle the hashtag#wicked challenges of our time. The hashtag#IFLAAR Conference provides a chance to actively explore hashtag#diverse hashtag#landscapes and hashtag#ourclimateculture!

Don’t forget!! Join us tomorrow, 11/15, at 6pm in the ROTUNDA.

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Mark your calendars!!

On 11/15, Aiden Ackerman will be presenting a wonderful lecture titled, “The Virtual Forest: Immersive Landscapes, Carbon, and Climate Change”.

Join us in The Rotunda from 6-7:30pm or on Zoom!

Join us on Zoom today at noon for a wonderful lecture by Anya Domlesky!

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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.


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, well-being, social equity, and quality of life.

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;
  • Emerging digital design tools for representation, simulation, and evaluation.

Graduate Landscape Architecture

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a STEM-designated degree and LAAB accredited program that prepares graduate students for the rigors of professional practice, research, leadership, and community engagement.  Our students, faculty, and local design community seek to understand the impact of human actions on the land and to respond with community-based design strategies. We are dedicated to teaching, researching, and practicing design processes that acknowledge the interdependence of built landscapes and ecological, social, and economic systems.

The department offers three main academic curriculum tracks:

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.

The department also offers the following certificates and programs:

  • 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 Minors and Certificate Page for more information.

  • Inter-Institutional Study

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. Students may also take courses at the other Raleigh colleges that are members of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges organization. Please visit the Inter-Institutional Study Page for more information.

Undergraduate Minor in Landscape Architecture

While we no longer offer a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, it is possible for NC State University undergraduate students to take certain landscape architecture courses as electives. Please visit the Undergraduate Minor in Landscape Architecture Page for more information.

See Student Work

See more examples of student work here: Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Student Work

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Thanks to a generous $10M commitment from Peter A. Pappas, a 1983 graduate and CEO of Pappas Properties and Terwilliger Pappas, @ncstate is launching the Peter A. Pappas Real Estate Development Program! 🎓🏙️

This new program will be housed at the College of Design, and will provide a comprehensive education in real estate development, covering land-use, transportation, and open-space planning.

Building on the Initiative for Community Growth led by Chuck Flink, this program meets the growing demand for real estate education. Over 70 students from five colleges have already enrolled in initial courses. 📚💼

Plus, NC State students can now join the City Design Certificate program with a focus on real estate development. These elements will be integrated into the Pappas Real Estate Development Program.

Read more about this incredible gift and the new program addressing rapid growth in NC! Link in bio.

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