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Landscape Architecture

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

The BLA 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.

During our BLA 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.

Schedule of Studies

Go to the WSU Catalog to view a sample schedule of studies for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, including information about certification requirements and procedures. The sample plan is a suggested path to completion of the BLA degree (120 credits). Note, the first year curriculum has been crafted to allow students to apply to any of the design majors at the end of the spring semester.

Students who are certain about majoring in landscape architecture are encouraged to follow the Landscape Architecture Advising Guide (PDF) to take some courses earlier in the sequence and to align with the Landscape Architecture Curricular Themes (PDF). Students will meet with an advisor each semester to confirm academic schedule and monitor progress towards graduation. In all major courses required for the degree, a grade of C or better must be earned.

Beginning fall 2020, the terminology will change: students will be “admitted to a major” rather than “certified in a major.” Visit this post to review the revised admission to the major requirements or access Admission to Major Requirements (Effective Fall 2020) (PDF).

Articulation Agreements

Spokane Community College AAS-T Landscape Management.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology AAS-T Environmental Horticulture.

Questions?

Contact Academic Program Manager Jaime Rice.

Career Opportunities

Visit the ASLA Career Discovery page for information on becoming a landscape architect. This page contains stories about landscape architects, videos about landscape architecture and architects, a PowerPoint presentation on the profession, a downloadable brochure on landscape architecture as a career, links to Bureau of Labor Statistics on the profession, results of ASLA’s annual graduating student survey, and examples of great landscape architecture.

LARE Exam

ASLA is working to enhance resources for professionals preparing to take the Landscape Architect Registration Examination. It is critical for applicants to contact the licensing board in the state in which they wish to get licensed and take the exam to determine specific information about eligibility requirements, schedule, locations, and application deadlines. Be sure to understand the process to apply for license in your jurisdiction prior to taking the exam.

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