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Penn State Landscape Architecture

Welcome to Penn State’s Department of Landscape Architecture, where all actions are guided by our bold mission: Great work grounded in commitment to environmental and social good.

Our nationally-renowned department is recognized for student-centric educational excellence and innovative research. The department enjoys a fine reputation for scholarship produced both by individuals and by teams and research centers. Our faculty represent a full range of interests from scientific to artistic and humanistic views of the world; and we are supported by friendly and knowledgeable staff who know every detail about how the department works.

If you're looking to learn more about landscape architecture and the broad applications of this incredible profession, consider this: for the first time ever, a landscape architect has won a MacArthur “Genius” Award! The awardee is Kate Orff, principal of a remarkable firm called SCAPE in New York. For a brief glimpse of the transformative work done by landscape architects today, check out the three-minute video on the MacArthur Foundation website that profiles Orff's work.

We’re proud to say that Orff’s firm is associated with the Stuckeman School, serving on our advisory board.

We take particular pride in our studio-based teaching environment with a relatively low student-to-teacher ratio, which allows for a highly personal approach to learning. People often refer to it as a 'family-like' setting that doesn't end with graduation, as we keep in touch with our family of more than 1,500 living alumni working in Pennsylvania and around the globe in a wide variety of practice areas.

While we are a strong departmental community of about 200, we also enjoy access to all the resources of a major university, from renowned educators and researchers to opportunities spanning the range from leadership skill development to cheering on our athletes.

In 2005 we moved to the Stuckeman Family Building, Penn State's first LEED-Certified building, which we share with the Department of Architecture. In 2007 we celebrated 100 years of landscape architecture teaching and research excellence at Penn State – and we’re just getting started!

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.)

Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.)
Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (M.S. in L.A.)
Master of Professional Studies and Graduate Certification: Geodesign
Ph.D. in Architecture/Focus in Landscape Architecture

High School Summer Camps

On-Campus Summer Camp (University Park) 


This publication by the American Society of Landscape Architects explores what landscape architecture is as a profession, what landscape architects do, what their goals are, and a wide variety of the projects they undertake. From urban revitalization through the design of energy efficient city parks to public playgrounds made using recyled and remanufactured materials to sustainable community gardens and city plaza designs, the opportunities for landscape architects are infinite and on the rise. Check out the digital version of Your Land:


This document is a summary of the E+D: Ecology + Design Symposium that was held in November 2017 at Penn State. Included are reflections on the conference by participating academics and practitioners, transcripts of their conversations with the community (and links to videos), and next steps to move this important initiative forward at Penn State and beyond. 

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Facilities tours and studio visits are offered most Fridays (by appointment) at 1:30 p.m. 

Please contact Kelly Praskovich, College of Arts and Architecture, Director of Enrollment, 814-865-9523, to schedule a visit so we may ensure students and faculty are available.

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