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Ph.D. in Architecture/Focus in Landscape Architecture

Program Overview

The Penn State Ph.D. in Architecture/Focus in Landscape Architecture is a research-centered degree supporting concentrated inquiry and pedagogy. This program is distinguished by students’ expansive opportunity to collaborate with our award-winning faculty, as well as to draw upon the resources of a major research university (RU/VH rated) to enrich and broaden their scholarship.

Teaching and research assistantships are available competitively.

Research Centers and Initiatives

Opportunities provided by the research engines within the Stuckeman School enhance the experiences of all students.

Stuckeman Center for Design Computing » A collaborative research and teaching studio-lab focused on developing and testing innovative computational design techniques.

The Hamer Center for Community Design » Building on nearly 20 years of experience, the Hamer Center explores three key topical areas: design/build, community-based research, and public interest design. 

E+D » An interdisciplinary working collective of faculty, graduate students, and a wide range of academic and professional collaborators engaged in addressing issues around Ecology and Design.

A broad array of additional collaborative opportunities exists University-wide.


Larch Graduate Programs Connections

MLA/MSinLA/PhD Program Contact
Dr. Stuart Echols
Phone: (814) 865-9511

Geodesign Program Contact
Kelleann Foster
Phone: (814) 865-9511

Visit Us

The best way to learn about a graduate program is to visit: meet with students and faculty, see student work, get a feel for the place. If you’d like to visit Penn State Landscape Architecture, feel free to contact Nina Bumgarner ( to schedule a day with us.

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Financial Aid: Graduate Programs

The department offers a limited number of teaching assistantships, which enables it to provide tuition and a stipend to about 60 percent of the students in residence. From time to time, the department is able to provide limited financial aid to others in the form of part-time employment. These assistantships are extremely competitive. Their recipients are chosen primarily on the strength of their applications, as well as on their ability to satisfy the teaching and/or research needs of the department. The University offers other sources of aid, which are described in the Graduate School Bulletin sections titled Summary of Financial Aids for Graduate Students and Information for Prospective Graduate Students. The Graduate School application form contains a section where you can indicate your intention to seek financial aid. If you wish to be considered, check the appropriate boxes; in addition, complete and return the financial aid application form. You do not need to submit a separate request to the department.

Financial Aid Resources