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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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Join us for lunch tomorrow at Noon with Billy Fleming, from Ian. L McHarg Center!

This will be a fantastic opportunity to get to know Billy and his experiences in the profession as well as ask any questions you may have!

Lunch will be provided so be sure to RSVP through the Google Calendar event.

Last Wednesday, our department was represented at the 16th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium by Marybeth Campeau, Nick Musarra, and Brian Vaughn.

Congratulations to Marybeth who won first place in the Design Category for her project “Dredge Ecologies: Climate-Adaptive Strategies for a Changing Island in a Changing Climate”.

Students and mentors, thank you for your time and hard work!

Join us TONIGHT for our last lecture of this semester. We will hear about some of the amazing student ASLA award winning projects!!

The lecture starts at 6pm in Burns Auditorium - Don’t miss it!

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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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The Brian Shawcroft Prize is awarded every year to a student from the School of Architecture for demonstrating excellence in drawing by hand.

Now in its 29th year, the competition traditionally showcases student submissions in the Brooks Hall Gallery as a running exhibition for students and visitors alike. Stay tuned to see who the 2023 winners will be!

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🗣 Upcoming Exhibition: "Rooted - Cultural Centricity in Brand Making"

🗓 Friday, September 29
⏰ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
📍 Witherspoon Student Center, Art Gallery, Second Floor | 2810 Cates Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606

Britt Davis, a 2009 College of Design alum and co-founder of LCKR ROOM, will exhibit her work for the NC State African American Cultural Center. Join us for a sneaker ball-themed opening night. Davis` art and artist talk will inspire ways to create from your life experiences and the stories you carry with you.

Born and raised in the artsy city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Brittany “Britt” Davis has always been drawn to the arts. From building intricate LEGO sets to drawing sneakers from Eastbay magazine, her childhood was full of creativity and design. Today, Britt’s designs are fueled by creative innovation and driven by the opportunity to use design as a platform to inspire others.

After attending NC State’s Summer Design Camp on campus, Britt decided to pursue a degree in Industrial Design. She earned her Bachelor’s degree, along with the Dean’s Award, Ebony Harlem Design and Nash Winstead Academic Achievement Awards, in 2009, along with a minor in Graphic Design.

While a student at NC State, she participated in the peer mentor program, student ambassador, Design Camp TA, and board member on the Union Activities Board (Marketing Chair), African America Design Student Association (VP), Helping Youth Prepare to Excel (Treasurer), and the Heritage Society. She remains active with the Black Alumni Society, having designed the Homecoming shirts for several years.

She went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her education has brought many professional experiences, including designing for ESPN, Viacom, SB Nation, NASCAR, multiple universities and professional sports teams, athletes and a variety of brands.

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🎗️🐺 In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we want you to meet Danny Garrett - a former Marine and Master of Advanced Architectural Studies (MAAS) student, on a mission to make a difference.

Danny`s story is one of determination and compassion. After his service, he embarked on a journey in @ncstate_architecture`s MAAS program, focusing on researching the factors that contribute to veteran homelessness and suicide.

By combining research methodologies with architectural design, Danny`s vision aims to create a lasting impact by designing a sustainable, community-based housing typology tailored to the specific needs of veterans. 🏡❤️

To learn more about how @ncstate is participating in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and to register for related events and trainings, visit the link in our bio.

There is always hope. If you are thinking about suicide, you deserve immediate help. To speak with a crisis counselor, call 919.515.2423 or the National Suicide Hotline by dialing 988.

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🖼🏅 Architecture alumnus and current doctoral student Raja Manikam Bandari (@raja_manikam_brv) recently won an honorable mention in @ncstate`s Envisioning Research Contest for his graphic titled "The Spread of Cotton and Slavery."

⬇️ About the piece:

"The Huge Hurricane in the middle is disguised by two graphs. These graphs show the spectacular growth of cotton as a commercially significant crop in the United States.

The timeline increases from bottom to top. The left graph charts the total amount of cotton produced annually in the United States (in ten-year intervals), amounts that exceeded 2 billion pounds per year by the 1850s.

The right graph charts the increasing monetary value of U.S. cotton exports and notes the percentage of all U.S. exports accounted for in each year by cotton alone.

Thus, to take the single year 1830 as an example, the left graph shows you that the United States produced about 1.5 billion pounds of cotton that year, while the right-hand side graph shows you that the sale of cotton abroad in 1830 brought about $75 million into the U.S. economy, and it notes that the $75 million generated that year by cotton exports represented 49% of all of the money brought into the U.S. economy that year by export sales of all sorts, agricultural and industrial.

Never before or since has a single commodity so dominated the American economy, and the vast majority of that commodity was being produced with slave labor. Interestingly, along with the hurricane, in the backdrop, there are the Historic Hurricane tracks of the United States between the years 1842-2020.

These hurricane tracks represent the cruelty faced by the slaves. The picture insert depicts an enslaved man named Peter, who was treated very badly during the cotton plantation era. Peter had been through hell. The scars on his back can be compared to the hurricane patterns of the United States (many lines across the image).

The small water droplet at the bottom grows into a huge hurricane. This symbolically represents the slavery and cotton plantations that grew throughout the US like a hurricane."

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