Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

School of Planning, Design & Construction


Gina Brooks
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Phone: 517-432-3397


Landscape Architecture is the design profession that applies artistic, cultural, scientific and technical knowledge and skills to the analysis, design, planning, development and management of the land. Landscape architects have an appreciation and understanding of natural and social processes, a creative imagination, technical expertise and a commitment to preserve or improve the physical environment for human use and enjoyment and protection of resources and other life forms on the planet.

The Michigan State University (MSU) Landscape Architecture program is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accredidation Board (LAAB). The program is located in the MSU Human Ecology Building, which houses several design studios, work rooms, CAD labs, classrooms and galleries.

The Landscape Architecture program offers both an accredited four-and-a-half-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree and a five-year dual degree program, which combines the accredited BLA with the Master of Environmental Design (MED) degree. The BLA degree program is structured around a dynamic design studio sequence and classroom learning environment. Core BLA classes and design studios are complimented by courses in the natural and social sciences and the arts and humanities.

LA 447: Juried Design Studio - This course provides students with the opportunity to define, develop and carry out an extensive and detailed design project based on a real site, program needs and client imput. The overall objective of this course is for the student to take a design project from initial master plan conception through the site design phase as an independent project manager, responsible for all aspects of the project’s development. View samples of current projects online at:

Admission into the upper-level courses is limited; admission decisions are based on applicant qualifications and program capacity. For admission to the BLA program, the following factors will be taken into consideration:

  • overall MSU GPA;
  • GPA in all landscape architecture courses;
  • evidence of creative works and service; and
  • a written essay.

Core teaching areas

• Design theory and graphic communications
• Environmental perception
• Plant Materials and their uses
• Technical aspects of landscape architecture
• Site construction and engineering
• Design applications

Study abroad opportunities

Landscape Architecture has a semester abroad program every spring that is integrated into the program of study. Through the generous support of donors, scholarships are available to help students with trip-related expenses.

Sampling of companies hiring Landscape Architecture graduates

  • Beckett and Raeder
  • Conservation Design Forum
  • Edgewater Resources
  • Grissim Metz Andriese Associates
  • Hamilton/Anderson Associates
  • Hitchcook Design Group
  • JJR SmithGroup
  • Mariani Landscape
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Nievera Williams Design
  • William McDonough and Partners
  • National Park Service

Course listing

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