Landscape Architecture

Washington State University’s Landscape Architecture Program makes the world a better place. Check our our video below to learn more.

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Landscape architecture combines art, ecology, engineering, and community engagement to create meaningful outdoor places.

Landscape architects work in diverse settings such as cities, towns, and regions, as well as wild areas, and on a variety of projects, including urban plazas, gardens and parks, mixed-use, residential design and development, educational and commercial campuses, community planning, trails and greenways, sports and event facilities, ecological restoration, and conservation planning.

In all of their work, landscape architects strive to develop places of beauty, justice, and functionality. They emphasize health and sustainability, for people, and for the planet.

In Washington State University’s Landscape Architecture program you WILL:

  • Learn practical, sought-after professional skills
  • Share and develop ideas with faculty that bring a range of professional and academic practice to the classroom
  • Team build with peers to address pressing issues via design
  • Become part of the School of Design and Construction, which includes Architecture, Interior Design, and Construction Management
  • Engage in real-world, hands-on, community projects
  • Experience new places on course field trips, study tours, and student activities
  • Share and develop ideas with students and faculty
  • Explore, imagine and create design solutions for the 21st century

Upon completing the degree, graduates can perform as entry level practitioners of landscape architecture. Additionally, they are able to take initiative, make critical judgments of designs and operate within a team context; all of which contributes to their future success as landscape architectural design professionals.

WSU Landscape Architecture Vision, Mission, and Values

Vision: Washington State University Landscape Architecture advances design education, research and practices that foster ecological consciousness, inspire ingenuity, and respond to the promise and limits of the 21st century.

Mission: The Landscape Architecture Program at Washington State University is committed to the land grant tradition of connecting to and serving society. The program’s mission is grounded by three multifaceted and interrelated components:

1) Generate landscape architectural knowledge through place-based, community-driven, and action-based design and research; 2) Extend landscape architectural knowledge in diverse settings to deepen awareness of the relationships among design, complex systems, and substantive environmental issues; and 3) Apply landscape architectural knowledge to address local and global challenges and advocate for planetary wellbeing.


  • Design Thinking: We establish the design process as a holistic method for creatively addressing complex issues;
  • Resilience: We foster design that responds and adapts to the dynamics of physical, biological, and social systems;
  • Systems Thinking: We embrace understanding the interconnectedness and balance among multiple systems;
  • Empathy: We cultivate compassion and affection for living systems;
  • Collaboration: We are committed to team and interdisciplinary approaches to learning and research;
  • Imagination: We encourage wonder, awe, and fun to engage and discover possibilities;
  • Place-based and Globally Aware: We engage our unique bioregion in teaching and research as a way to consider the complex web of relationships among diverse systems, locally and globally.
  • Beauty: We embrace beauty as necessity and as a reflection of healthy systems.
  • Diversity: We value multiple perspectives and experiences.
  • Stewardship, Responsibility, Action: We are dedicated to service learning, action research, and sustainable and restorative practices.
  • Community: We cherish and respect the wisdom, values and needs of those we serve and work to facilitate reciprocity between people and places.