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The mission of the CSU Landscape Architecture Program is to create, enhance, and sustain the built, natural and social environments.

Landscape Architecture is a licensed professional discipline concerned with landscape design, environmental design and environmental planning. Its practitioners work at all scales-from that of the home landscape to commercial and corporate sites, parks, greenways, communities, national parks and forests- to plan, design, specify and build landscapes. These changes may include ecological restoration of disturbed landscapes, 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 and construction of landforms, plants, structures, and materials, and service to the client, as an architect brings to a building.

Colorado State University offers one dynamic programs in Landscape Architecture; the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture program (BSLA).

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 that is licensed by all 50 states.

You have the opportunity to study design as accomplished landscape architects see it: designing 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 humans on the environment. It is important to note that registration laws for landscape architects in all 50 states specify graduation from schools, such as Colorado State University, that are accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board of the ASLA. Please click here for ASLA’s information about becoming a landscape architect.

…if you enjoy drawing or digital media and are interested in the environment and travel, consider studying landscape architecture!

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  • Urban Heat Islands Are Increasingly Dangerous, But Planners and Designers Have Solutions May 12, 2021
    Global temperatures are rising. 2020 was tied with 2016 as the hottest year on record. Since the 19th century, the planet has warmed by 2° Fahrenheit. Within the built environment, which is too often formed of glass, steel, asphalt, and… Continue reading →
    Jared Green
  • Conversations with Olmsted: His Visions for Reform May 10, 2021
    Social justice, equity, and reform are not new topics for landscape architecture — rather, they are at its origin. Frederick Law Olmsted’s prominent role in shaping public opinion on social reform in the period leading up to and during the… Continue reading →
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  • ART DIRECTOR’S CUT, MAY 13 May 13, 2021
    The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM. From “Whose Eyes on the Street?” by Karl Krause in the May 2021 issue, about how critics of crime prevention through environmental design are reshaping the role designers play in making communities safer. “A new light on community engagement.”   […]
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  • WHOSE EYES ON THE STREET? May 11, 2021
    BY KARL KRAUSE FROM THE MAY 2021 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE.   In 1285, King Edward of England issued the Statute of Winchester—a sweeping reform of law enforcement to curb rising crime across the country. To address highway robbery, the statute required a change to the environment: All landowners had to remove “bushes where […]
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  • Urban Heat Islands Are Increasingly Dangerous, But Planners and Designers Have Solutions May 12, 2021
    Global temperatures are rising. 2020 was tied with 2016 as the hottest year on record. Since the 19th century, the planet has warmed by 2° Fahrenheit. Within the built environment, which is too often formed of glass, steel, asphalt, and… Continue reading →
    Jared Green
  • Conversations with Olmsted: His Visions for Reform May 10, 2021
    Social justice, equity, and reform are not new topics for landscape architecture — rather, they are at its origin. Frederick Law Olmsted’s prominent role in shaping public opinion on social reform in the period leading up to and during the… Continue reading →
    The Dirt Contributor

RSS Landscape Architecture Magazine

  • ART DIRECTOR’S CUT, MAY 13 May 13, 2021
    The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM. From “Whose Eyes on the Street?” by Karl Krause in the May 2021 issue, about how critics of crime prevention through environmental design are reshaping the role designers play in making communities safer. “A new light on community engagement.”   […]
    LAM Staff
  • WHOSE EYES ON THE STREET? May 11, 2021
    BY KARL KRAUSE FROM THE MAY 2021 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE.   In 1285, King Edward of England issued the Statute of Winchester—a sweeping reform of law enforcement to curb rising crime across the country. To address highway robbery, the statute required a change to the environment: All landowners had to remove “bushes where […]
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