WSU Landscape Architecture Vision, Mission, and Values
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.
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:
Generate landscape architectural knowledge through place-based, community-driven, and action-based design and research;
Extend landscape architectural knowledge in diverse settings to deepen awareness of the relationships among design, complex systems, and substantive environmental issues;
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.
The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA) curricula emphasize practical and applied learning, drawn from courses across campus, and are designed to provide students with opportunities to think critically and integrate diverse bodies of knowledge.