The Department of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture & Environment at the University of Oregon provides undergraduate students with a small design school experience supported by the resources and benefits of a large research university. We work with real places, real people, and real landscape issues throughout the degree program.
Undergraduate cohorts of 15–18 students take interdisciplinary courses in the design of sustainable landscapes. Undergraduate and graduate students mix in upper-level courses and work closely with our expert faculty in small classes and studios of 15–20 people.
Our comprehensive and accredited curriculum prepares you for professional licensure and for careers in:
- professional firms
- city, state, regional, and federal agencies
- nongovernmental organizations
Within our BLA program, there is an emphasis on the breadth of the profession, exposing you to diverse problems and opportunities. This, combined with a system of university group requirements that all UO students must meet, provides you with fundamental exposure to social sciences, arts and letters, and natural sciences. Our approach to landscape architectural education is characterized by a concern for the connections between:
- Design and Planning
- Theory and Practice
- Art and Technology
Our BLA program is typically completed in three to five years, depending on when you gain admission and what classes you have already completed.
- If admitted to our program during your first year as an undergraduate, you will spend your first year primarily fulfilling your general education requirements and introductory classes in the major. You should complete the major in your fifth year.
- If admitted to our program after your first year of undergraduate studies, you should complete the program in four years.
- With previous coursework in design, you can earn the BLA in as few as three years.
The curriculum combines:
- Required courses
- Elective courses
- Field study experiences
Our program provides required and elective sequences in:
- Design studios
- Plants and planting design theory
- Landscape technologies
- Professional practice
- Landscape planning and analysis
- Urban planning and design
- Landscape media
- History, literature, and theory of landscape architecture
We encourage you to become aware of the wealth of university offerings as a core component of your education. Our departmental requirements allow you the flexibility and time to pursue interests in areas both inside and outside of our department. We accept elective courses in many disciplines, including:
- Environmental studies
- Fine arts
Design is a process of discovery, characterized by questioning, creating, testing, and evaluating. In the Department of Landscape Architecture we strive to create environments that fulfill human needs and potential and are ecologically responsive and socially just.
Our departmental program, in content and spirit, combines professional training and skill building with a liberal education to develop the next generation of landscape architects as sophisticated and effective agents of change. We feel it is our duty to support your growth as a good designer and a good citizen.
The first step in the application process is to read the Undergraduate Program Handbook. It provides you with a sense of the timeline and requirements for graduation with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon.
We are the only program in Oregon with BLA and MLA programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).