Welcome to LANDscape and Environmental Design!
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Our purpose: To create, enhance, and sustain the built, natural and social environments.
Landscape Architecture is a licensed professional discipline concerned with landscape design and environmental planning. Its practitioners work at all scales-from that of the home garden to corporate sites, parks, greenways, communities, mines, national parks and forests- to plan, design, and specify construction for changes to land and water areas. These changes may include ecological restoration of disturbed land, human development and settlement of land, or further improvements and beautification of occupied land. The work of landscape architects is to organize and give character to the future managed or constructed landscape, bringing the same skills to the shaping of land, plants, structures, and materials, and service to the client, as an architect brings to a building.
Colorado State University offers two programs in Landscape Architecture; the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture program (BSLA) and the Master of Landscape Architecture program (MLA).
Studying Landscape Architecture at Colorado State is an adventure. It’s more than just experiencing Colorado’s landscape, with its spectacular mountains, hiking, snowboarding and skiing. Taking part in this challenging course of study, you will prepare yourself for a career in a widely-respected profession.
You have the opportunity to study design as accomplished landscape architects see it: shaping spaces as well as planning and preserving them. Nature, culture, form, and space: these are the classic elements of landscape architecture with which you work in a series of design studios and related courses. Here, you focus on a variety of environmental design and planning projects that grow more complex as the curriculum proceeds.
Throughout the program, emphasis is on the relationship between design, nature, and society: the impact of environments on the individual as well as the impact of users on the environment. It is important to note that registration laws for landscape architects in 49 states encourage graduation from schools, such as Colorado State University, that are accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board of the ASLA.
…if you enjoy drawing or digital media and are interested in the environment and travel, consider studying landscape architecture!