Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program Granted Reaccreditation

The professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program has carved a distinctive niche among the Philadelphia region’s several landscape architecture programs leading to the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) to renew the program’s accreditation for another six years.

“The exemplary work of the program director and her dedicated faculty to deliver engaging and authentic community-based service-learning studios, often addressing the needs of some of Philadelphia’s most under-served communities is truly remarkable,” remarks the LAAB Accrediting Board. “These efforts are addressing social equity and environmental justice, as well as an emphasis on climate resilience and sustainability.”

Jefferson’s landscape architecture program, home of the Park-in-a-Truck initiative, is proud of it’s community-first-based approach. Through The Philadelphia Pollinator Project, Jefferson will also look to improve urban habitat conditions for year-round and migratory pollinators and birds, and improve access to and the condition of open space for underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods.

“I am very happy that the LAAB accreditation board acknowledged the community engagement work as it is critical to educating empathetic designers who understand the social, ecologic and economic issues facing neighborhoods in urban areas,” states program director Kim Douglas.

The program provides students pathways into the landscape architecture profession by working in professional offices as interns for credit or as paid interns with our faculty on research and design projects during the semester or over the summer.