Landscape Architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management and stewardship of the natural and built environment through science and design, and is a profession that is broad in scale and scope. Landscape Architects receive training in site design, historic preservation, and planning as well as the technical scientific areas such as grading, drainage, horticulture and environmental sciences. With this diverse background, Landscape Architects possess a unique blend of abilities to help address important local, regional, and national priorities.
Students will develop skills such as gaining a sensitivity to landscape quality, understanding of the arts and a humanistic approach to design, having the ability to analyze problems in terms of design and physical form, gain technical competence to translate a design into a built work, and formulate skills in all aspects of professional practice including management and professional ethics.
Landscape Architects plan and design traditional places such as parks, residential developments, campuses, gardens, cemeteries, commercial centers, resorts, transportation facilities, corporate and institutional centers and waterfront developments. They also design and plan the restoration of natural places disturbed by humans such as wetlands, stream corridors, mined areas and forested land. Their appreciation for historic landscapes and cultural resources enables Landscape Architects to undertake preservation planning projects for national, regional and local historic sites and areas. The U.S. News & World Report named Landscape Architecture among the best career choices for 2010, and we are consistently listed in the top 10-career choices for the new millennium. The U.S. Department of Labor projects growth for Landscape Architecture over the next decade to be very solid (16 %) which is faster than average among all occupations.
Working with architects, city planners, civil engineers and other professionals, landscape architects play an important role in environmental protection by designing and implementing projects that respect both the needs of people and of our environment.
The College of Architecture has made a very concerted effort to integrate the design related programs both inside our college and outside. Across the entire curriculum, landscape architecture students will take interdisciplinary courses alongside architects, planners, horticulturalists, interior designers and artists so they are prepared to function in collaborative professional environments. In addition, the program has a strong relationship with the Agronomy and Horticulture Department and Community and Regional Planning where students develop environmental, social and planning literacy. Course work includes horticulture, soils, hydrology, ecology, social sciences, planning, and history/theory.
Landscape Architecture Program offers students unique learning experiences including a studio environment, which is a transformational experiential learning environment, offering individualized instruction, a wide-ranging curriculum, opportunities for artistic/creative expression, and a supportive environment for the students to learn and grow, an interdisciplinary studio where students learn to collaborate with other disciplines and service-learning where students work on real projects in local, national and international communities. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy where students address a partner's need(s) while learning in their discipline. They also gain skills in citizenship, develop their capacity for human understanding, value ethics in the workplace, and possess disposition towards healthy practices.
Internships are utilized to gain professional experience before graduation and students are required to work under a registered landscape architect for one summer. Students may pursue minors in both horticulture and planning. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a three-week or semester-long international study in one of the following countries: Ireland (Dublin Institute of Technology), Germany (Leibniz Universitat), France (Ecole D'Architecture), Ecuador, England, and China (Tianjin University).
The professionals in the State of Nebraska support the program by offering students paid summer internships between their fourth and fifth year. Students will experience the day-to-day working environment of some the best Great Plains professional and municipal offices. Some of the student organizations include the Great Plains American Society of Landscape Architects Student Chapter, Tau Sigma Delta, and Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society.
The Landscape Architecture Program is housed in the award-winning Architecture Hall, one of the oldest and yet most up-to-date buildings on campus. Beginning in your third year, you will be provided with an individualized workspace within Architecture Hall and with ready access to its resources. Within Architecture Hall student will find a dedicated branch library including periodicals, books and slides, a gallery, computer lab, media center with large and small format printing capability, photo studio and darkroom facilities, a fully equipped shop with both wood and metal working capability, and two laser cutters and a 3-D printer.