Balancing beauty with sustainability-focused systems is a prime driver of landscape architectural plans.
Of course field trips promise fun, but they also offer novel perspectives on using elevation, situating greenscapes, or planning light sources—especially if you're used to flatland.
When landscape architects collaborate to reconceptualize community space, they not only collect information on usage, demographics, historically important features, environmental considerations, economic constraints, and goals but also engage with residents to ensure their needs will be met. At various points in the process plans are shared so that they can be refined or reimagined to better serve everyone.
The Department of Landscape Architecture is rated nationally among the top 15 programs, has the only undergraduate degree of its kind in Illinois, and offers one of the only PhD programs in the country. Students learn a multidisciplinary approach to the profession involving new media, environmental management, urban planning, and history.
- BLA program
- MLA program
- PhD program
Major: Landscape Architecture
Minors: Cultural Heritage and Landscape Studies