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What is landscape architecture?

While an architect designs buildings, a landscape architect designs almost everything else in the built environment: gardens, urban plazas, streetscapes, parks, resorts, trails, golf courses, subdivisions and more.

Why landscape architecture at OSU?

As a landscape architecture student at OSU, you will develop detailed landscape plans that are aesthetically pleasing, functional and compatible with the built and natural environment. The design process involves creative expression that comes from an understanding of the landscape context, natural systems, cultural systems and social dynamics. You will learn to interpret, imagine, draw, conceptualize, synthesize and construct project ideas that transform the landscape.

Career paths

Landscape architects play a critical role in the design of outdoor space for the health, safety and well-being of individuals and their communities. With issues of sustainability becoming more critical, as a landscape architect you will be ready and prepared to address them as you design the interface between humankind and the urban, suburban and natural environment.


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Student success

Landscape architecture major Jacob Krafft in classroom setting

“There’s a lot of hands-on experience in the landscape architecture major, and that’s really valuable because it makes you an even better landscape architect when you graduate and become a professional.”

- Jacob Krafft
Tulsa, Oklahoma


Professional standards

The landscape architecture degree at OSU is a five-year program accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. It is the only accredited undergraduate landscape architecture program in the state. Accreditation assures employers that graduates are prepared to meet industry professional standards.

Students are guaranteed interaction with at least 100 industry professionals prior to graduation. This includes teamwork sessions allowing students to work beside professionals to develop concepts for a city park.


Real-world experience

Hands-on laboratories are included in many courses, and students in the department have the unique advantage of utilizing The Botanic Garden at OSU and the Water Conservation and Irrigation Training Center. Additionally, all students in the department are required to complete an internship prior to graduation.

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