Landscape Architecture is a licensed professional discipline concerned with the planning and spatial design of landscapes. 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, 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 new Master of Landscape Architecture program (MLA).
B S L A – The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture has over a thirty year reputation in the region and nationally. The program graduates between twenty and thirty landscape architecture professionals each year.
M L A – The Master of Landscape Architecture is a newly established program at Colorado State University and, at maturity, will enroll around 30 students.
Studying Landscape Architecture at Colorado State is an adventure. It’s more than just experiencing Colorado’s landscape, with its spectacular mountains and skiing. Taking part in this challenging course of study, you prepare yourself for a career in a field whose enormous potential has only begun to be recognized.
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 landscape 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 and are interested in the environment, computers and travel, consider studying landscape architecture!
At the core of the profession, knowledge gained in the arts and sciences enables landscape architects to recommend appropriate physical forms of human engagement with the landscape. To understand the interactions between people and land, students of landscape architecture learn to understand the nature of the earth\’s past and present physical and biological systems and their behavior, together with the nature of humans as individuals and communities. Coursework in behavioral, natural, and social sciences, design theory and history, spatial design communication, data processing technology, construction practices and administration, and professional practice provide students with the skills, knowledge, and values to plan and design landscapes.
Embodied in the ethics of landscape architecture is the ecological notion of the deep interrelatedness of all living things on the planet with the environments that sustain them, including humans and their settlements. Landscape architects therefore tend to take the “long view” of most issues associated with human land use, looking well into the past and the future as a guide to recommending landscape change. The long view, of course, applies at all scales.
Most landscape architects find employment in firms offering professional planning and design services to corporations, governments, institutions, and individuals. In these firms there is often a high degree of collaboration with natural and social scientists, architects, engineers, city planners, and others in the preparation of plans and designs. Landscape architects also represent the interests of land owners in planning, designing, and specifying construction of improvements to their land. They observe construction progress to assure that it is proceeding according to plan, advising the owner of discrepancies in quality and quantity of the contracted work. Landscape architects may be self-employed in these activities. A great many also find work in the public sector in municipal and regional open space, parks or planning agencies, national parks, national forests, and other federal land management agencies. Those who go on the pursue a second professional degree at the master\’s or Ph. D. level will also find academic and research employment opportunities.