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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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Welcome to our new Landscape Architecture students, Immersion Week has begun! #ncstatecollegeofdesign #landscapearchitecture #laep ...

Inviting all Faculty, Staff, LAEP Students and Landscape Architecture professionals! Please join us for a reception on June 9th as we honor Meg Calkins for her time as the LAEP Department Head. We hope to see you all there!


Congrats to Deepti Adlakha for her fantastic work with the Global Healthy and Sustainable City Indicators Collaboration that is being published as a Lancet Global Health Series on Urban Design, Transport, and Health! Learn about her work and many other contributors in the link below!
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Congrats to our class of '22 MLA students! We know you will all continue to think and do great things!
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Spring WxLA event!  Local landscape architect Christine Hilt will open her home and garden to host us for this special evening on Aril 23 from 5-8 PM. Celebrate, relax, and make connections with students, faculty, professionals, and alumni. All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP by April 18th (temporary link in bio)! ...

Congrats to our department head, Meg Calkins, for being inducted into the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Academy of Fellows!
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The CELA is excited to recognize our newest CELA Academy of Fellows inductees:

Meg Calkins, FCELA
Katya Crawford, FCELA
Allan W. Shearer, FCELA
and Ashley Steffens, FCELA

Membership in the Academy of Fellows represents the highest level of achievement within the CELA membership. We are pleased to honor their accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and service. Thank you all for your exceptional contributions!

Find out more about each of the inductees:

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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Assistant Professor of the Practice Robin Vuchnich designed an immersive animated experience for @harvardmuseum using the legacy of Henry David Thoreau to highlight the profound loss of plant species to human-caused climate change. 🌻

"In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss" is an immersive multidisciplinary experience that marries art and science through a modern artistic interpretation of Thoreau’s preserved plants.

The exhibition invites visitors to experience emotionally resonant connections to the profound loss of natural diversity caused by human-induced climate change. The exhibition urges us to ask, “What do Thoreau’s findings tell us about what plants are winning, and what plants are losing, in the face of climate change today?”

Read the full story about the exhibit in our bio.

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If you're a new student, then the first days of college can be just as scary as they are exciting. Don't worry - we've got your back. 💪🐺

Visit the link in our bio to access resources, academic + community calendars, FAQs and up-to-date contact information for our student services team. Our staff and faculty are here to help you navigate our campus and your academic career at every stage.

We're so excited to have you here, and we can't wait to see what you design this semester!

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Professor Burak Erdim’s book, “Landed Internationals: Planning Cultures, the Academy, and the Making of the Modern Middle East” recently received special mention for the International Planning History Society (IPHS) first book prize. 📚🎖️

The First Book Prize is for the most innovative book in planning history, written in English and based on original new research. Books must have been published in the previous two calendar years to the IPHS international conference.

In a Q&A about the book, Erdim describes how the project completely transformed the way he understands architectural education and practice. “When I was an architecture student, I was taught that architects, landscape architects, and designers shape our world,” he says.

“However, if we dig a little deeper into what architecture and planning projects are, we see a much broader international supply chain made up of an economic and bureaucratic network of finance structures, corporations, politicians, developers, interest groups, lawyers and policymakers.”

Burak Erdim teaches lecture and seminar courses on the history of modernity, modern architecture, and urbanism as well as graduate and undergraduate studios. He is also the coordinator of the Graduate Concentration in the History and Theory of Architecture. His research examines the operations of transnational networks of housing and planning during the twentieth century within contexts of decolonization, national liberation, and globalization, as well as in relation to discourses and political economies of development.

Read the full Q&A with Erdim in our bio.

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Join the College of Design on September 15th and 16th for the Community Growth and Development Conference!

Placemaking matters. There is a desire to ensure that the places we design and build are welcoming and inclusive. Communities have been challenged to remain viable, safe, and economically vibrant. There is an increasing concern for the health of our planet’s complex ecosystems. The pandemic has added further emphasis to the interconnectedness of nature and human health.

The Fall 2022 conference will offer ideas for how individuals, companies, local governments and other institutional partners can work together to address and resolve the challenges of today and tomorrow.

This event is open to those who have historically partnered with the College of Design and those who work in a broader range of disciplines.

If you are involved in STEM industries, economic and real estate development, travel and tourism, community organization, transportation, and issues surrounding affordable housing and gentrification, then your voice will be a welcome addition to the conference.
We strongly encourage elected officials to attend and will offer CEU’s to architects and landscape architects.

View the full schedule of events, and register for the Fall 2022 Conference on the event webpage in our bio.

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