FAQs

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.

Employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 14% 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).

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.

Yes, you may opt to pursue the BLA and a second degree, however, be aware that additional time is required to complete coursework to fulfill the second degree.  Please contact the Program Director for more information.

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.

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

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.

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