Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture FAQs

Landscape Architecture: Where Design Meets Sustainability


What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture is the profession that encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management and stewardship of the natural and built environment. Landscape architects plan and design traditional places such as parks, residential developments, campuses, gardens, cemeteries, plazas and streetscapes, transportation hubs, corporate and institutional centers and waterfront developments. Landscape Architects also design and plan the restoration of natural places disturbed by humans such as wetlands, stream corridors, mined areas and forested land.

What kinds of jobs will a landscape architecture degree prepare me for?

Employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013). Landscape architects work for both the private and public sectors. Private sector employers include design/build/nursery companies, small landscape architecture design firms, to large interdisciplinary national/ international firms. Many registered landscape architects own their own firms. Public sector job opportunities are primarily with federal agencies (e.g., National Park Service, US Forest Service), state agencies (e.g., planning, resource management) and local agencies (e.g., parks & recreation, planning, stormwater management, GIS).

Do I need a computer or any specialized software or particular computer capabilities?

Landscape Architecture students are required to have a high performance laptop computer by the beginning of their sophomore year. Please request laptop specifications from the Program Director. All GIS related software is provided “free” to students. CAD and other graphic software bundles are available at discounted prices through the Campus Store.

Can I pursue dual majors?

Yes, you can pursue the BLA and a second degree, however, additional time will be needed to complete the other degree. Contact the Program Director for more information.

What are the deadlines for application for admission?

Admission to the Landscape Architecture Program is rolling and remains open until the class is full preceding the fall start. Students may also begin their studies in the spring.

Is the Landscape Architecture Program an Accredited Program?

Yes, Jefferson offers the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, which is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).

I don't have any design experience. Should I apply?

Definitely. For first-year students, the Landscape Architecture Program does not require a portfolio review. If you already have strong graphic or computer skills, you will be encouraged to develop those skills further as you progress through the program. A portfolio review is required for transfer design students.

How can I learn more about the program or schedule a tour?

Contact Kimberlee Douglas, Director of Landscape Architecture program, at or call us at 215-951-0115.

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