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Department of Landscape Architecture

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The web version of the ESF Catalog is updated as needed throughout the year. To view the version officially associated with a particular date of entry to the College, please refer to the appropriate catalog of record.

Department of Landscape Architecture

DOUGLAS JOHNSTON, Chair
331 Marshall Hall, 315-470-6544; FAX 315-470-6540

Since 1911 the Landscape Architecture program at SUNY-ESF has been educating practitioners and teachers, designers and planners, advocates and policy makers who have devoted careers to a viable, sustainable integration of natural and cultural communities.

studioThe Department of Landscape Architecture offers three degree programs designed to educate students to contribute in varied ways to society and the wise use of land and landscape. Each provides a basis for students to establish career directions in the profession of landscape architecture. The bachelor and master of landscape architecture, and master of science degrees are offered. Qualified undergraduate students may apply for the combined B.L.A./M.S. fast-track option.

The quality of a student's professional development is monitored in part by a requirement that a grade of C or higher be earned to progress to the next studio.

Proficiency with computers and associated design software is essential to the success of students in the landscape architecture curriculum. Students are required to purchase a laptop computer with appropriate software by the beginning of the fall semester of the sophomore year and are expected to carry them to studio. Equipment guidelines are available from the Department of Landscape Architecture. Anticipated costs for computing equipment (hardware and software) maybe between $2,000 and $3,000 over the course of the student’s tenure at ESF.

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Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

The B.L.A. program is designed for those students desiring to enter the profession of landscape architecture either directly after completing the degree or after completing graduate school. This is a professional degree with an emphasis on the skills and knowledge required to qualify as a landscape architect.

The degree is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).

The B.L.A. degree is granted at the end of five years of study and requires the successful completion of 150 credit hours. Students are accepted into the lower-division landscape architecture program as freshmen or as sophomore transfers and into the upper-division program as junior transfers.

Lower Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 103Applied College Algebra and TrigonometryG3
EFB 101General Biology I: Organismal Biology and EcologyG3
EFB 102General Biology I LaboratoryG1
ESF 200Information Literacy 1
EWP 190Writing and the Environment G3
EWP 220Public Presentation Skills 3
EWP 290Research Writing and HumanitiesG3
LSA 132Orientation Seminar: Landscape Architecture 1
LSA 182Drawing Studio G3
LSA 206Art, Culture and Landscape II G3
LSA 220Introduction to Landscape Architecture 3
LSA 226Foundation Design Studio I 4
LSA 227Foundation Design Studio II 4
LSA 300Digital Methods and Graphics I 3
LSA 301Digital Methods and Graphics II 3
LSA 305History of Landscape Architecture I 3
LSA 311Natural Processes in Design and Planning 3
LSA 333Plants Materials 2

Electives

General Education Course: American History G 3
General Education Course: Social Sciences G 3
General Education Course: Other World Civilization G 3
Natural/Physical Science Elective 3

Upper Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
EWP 410Writing for Environmental Professionals 3
LSA 306History of Landscape Architecture II 3
LSA 312Place/Culture/Design 3
LSA 321Ecological Applications in Planning and Design 3
LSA 326Landscape Architectural Design Studio I 5
LSA 327Landscape Architectural Design Studio II 5
LSA 342Landscape Architectural Construction Technology 4
LSA 343Landscape Materials and Structures 3
LSA 422Landscape Architectural Design Studio III 5
LSA 423Landscape Architectural Design Studio IV 5
LSA 424Preparation for Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio 1
LSA 425Orientation for Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio 3
LSA 433Planting Design and Practice 3
LSA 451Comprehensive Land Planning 3
LSA 455Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture 3
LSA 458Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio: Faculty Advisor Visit, Weekly Reports and Field Studies 4
LSA 459Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio: Design Journal and Project Notebook 4
LSA 460Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio: Thesis Project 7
LSA 461Off-Campus Final Presentation Seminar 1
LSA 470Thematic Landscape Design Studio 6

Electives

Electives 15

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 150

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B.L.A./M.S. Fast Track

This option is available to outstanding fourth-year bachelor of landscape architecture students and provides the opportunity to receive both the bachelor of landscape architecture and master of science degrees during a six-year period at the College. Students who apply must have a minimum 3.000 GPA and are accepted into the program during the fall semester of the fourth year of the bachelor of landscape architecture program. The transition between the bachelor of landscape architecture and master of science curriculum requirements begins in the fall of the fifth year. The B.L.A. degree is awarded on completion of all professional requirements and a minimum of 150 credit hours. The M.S. degree is awarded after the completion of 30 graduate credits and successful completion of a research thesis. Depending on the student’s needs and research interests, there are two options available for pursuing an off-campus semester or a field research component. The first option (option A) allows students to pursue the off-campus semester with their undergraduate peers. The second option (option B) links the off-campus semester to graduate field research for their theses.

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Fast-Track Option A – Summer start

Fourth Year, Summer option only
CourseCodes*Credits
LSA 458Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio: Faculty Advisor Visit, Weekly Reports and Field Studies 4
LSA 459Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio: Design Journal and Project Notebook 4
LSA 460Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio: Thesis Project 7
Fifth Year (25-28 credits)
CourseCodes*Credits
LSA 455Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture 3
LSA 461Off-Campus Final Presentation Seminar 1
LSA 470
OR
LSA 670
Thematic Landscape Design Studio

Thematic Landscape Design Studio



6

6
LSA 596Special Topics in Landscape Architecture 1 - 3
LSA 640Research Methods 3
LSA 697Topics and Issues of Landscape Architecture Audit
LSA 799Capstone or Thesis Proposal Development 3
Directed Electives6-9

B.L.A. program completed with a minimum of 150 credits earned

Sixth Year (12-24 credits)
CourseCodes*Credits
LSA 899Master's Thesis Research 1 - 12
Directed Electives6-12

Students may register for LSA 899 Master’s Thesis Research as necessary for completion up to the time limit of the M.S. program. Minimum of 6 credits required.

M.S. program completed with a minimum of 180 credits (minimum 30 graduate credits)

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Fast-Track Option B – Fall start

Fifth Year (24-27 credits)
CourseCodes*Credits
LSA 455Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture 3
LSA 470
OR
LSA 670
Thematic Landscape Design Studio

Thematic Landscape Design Studio



6

6
LSA 596Special Topics in Landscape Architecture 1 - 3
LSA 625Orientation for Off-Campus Experiential Studio Audit
LSA 640Research Methods 3
LSA 697Topics and Issues of Landscape ArchitectureAudit
Directed Electives6-9
Fifth Year, Summer (6-12 credits)
CourseCodes*Credits
LSA 760
OR
LSA 798
Off-Campus Experiential Studio

Research Problem



12

1 - 12

6 credits of LSA 798 may be taken to fulfill this requirement. LSA 760 or LSA 798 must be linked to thesis.

B.L.A. program completed with a minimum of 150 credits

Sixth Year (18-24 credits)
CourseCodes*Credits
LSA 899Master's Thesis Research 1 - 12
Graduate-level Directed Electives6-12

Students may register for LSA 899 Master’s Thesis Research as necessary for completion up to the time limit of the M.S. program. Minimum of 6 credits required.

M.S. program completed with a minimum of 180 credits (minimum 30 graduate credits)

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Graduate Programs

Graduate studies in landscape architecture attract a broad range of people. Those with undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture may seek specialization within the profession, advanced exploration or an academic career. Others, with degrees in related fields such as architecture, city and regional planning, and environmental design, enter the program to broaden or redirect their design and planning skills. Some students with degrees in fields less closely related (such as humanities or arts and sciences) seek new career options or to focus prior interests through a licensed design and planning profession.

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Three degree tracks address the needs of the students with these differing educational backgrounds. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Landscape Architecture is a two-year academic degree program for applicants who have completed a first professional degree in landscape architecture or a professional degree in environmental design, planning, or preservation. The degree may be earned through two years of full-time study or up to seven consecutive semesters (3-1/2 years) of full-time or part-time study. A three-year program for applicants who have no design or planning background leads to the fully accredited professional degree of Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.). This program is for students who intend to complete coursework full time. Applicants with a related design or planning degree may enter the three-year program with advanced standing. Finally, a fast-track option enables qualified candidates within the College’s B.L.A. program to proceed directly into the Master of Science program and work on both degrees. Refer to the previous section for information on the fast-track options.

The Master of Science program serves the advanced professional or the aspiring academic. It is highly flexible and can be customized to reflect the breadth and depth of a student’s interests. The Master of Landscape Architecture program, for the student seeking a first professional degree in landscape architecture, is a more tightly structured curriculum because it leads to the prerequisite work experience that qualifies the graduate for the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.).

Students seeking a multidisciplinary education may choose to pursue a concurrent degree within the College of Environmental Science and Forestry or at Syracuse University.

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Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.)

The degree is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).

A three-year program for applicants who have no design or planning background leads to the fully accredited professional degree of master of landscape architecture (M.L.A.). This program is for students who intend to complete coursework full time. Applicants with a related design or planning degree may enter the three-year program with advanced standing.

The M.L.A. program, for the student seeking a first professional degree in landscape architecture, is a more tightly structured curriculum because it leads to the prerequisite work experience that qualifies the graduate for the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.).

M.L.A. Program Requirements
CourseCodes*Credits
LSA 500Digital Methods and Graphics I 3
LSA 501Digital Methods and Graphics II 3
LSA 552Graphic Communication 3
LSA 600Design Studio I 4
LSA 601Design Studio II 4
LSA 606History of Landscape Architecture II 3
LSA 611Natural Processes in Planning and Design 3
LSA 615Site Construction Grading, Drainage and Road Layout 3
LSA 620Design Studio II--Advanced Site Design 4
LSA 625Orientation for Off-Campus Experiential Studio 2
LSA 633Planting Design and Practice 3
LSA 640Research Methods 3
LSA 645Construction Documentation Studio 3
LSA 650Behavioral Factors of Community Design 3
LSA 651Comprehensive Land Planning 3
LSA 655Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture 3
LSA 670Thematic Landscape Design Studio 6
LSA 697Topics and Issues of Landscape Architecture 1
LSA 699Landscape Architecture Internship 1 - 12
LSA 700Design Studio V - Integrative Studio 4
LSA 760
OR
LSA 898
Off-Campus Experiential Studio

Professional Experience



12

1 - 12
LSA 799Capstone or Thesis Proposal Development 3
LSA 800Capstone Studio 6
3D Modeling1
CADD2
Integrated Digital Methods1
Final Integrative Experience

M.L.A. students must complete an integrative experience. Students must participate in the capstone studio and complete a 6-credit independent design project during the final semester of the program. M.L.A. students must disseminate the results of their integrative studies through capstone seminars.

The M.L.A. program requires 66 credit hours. At least 42 of those credit hours must be at the graduate level.

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Master of Science (M.S.)

Because the M.S. program serves the advanced professional, course requirements do not address foundation professional courses in landscape architecture. However, the student, in consultation with the major professor and steering committee, has great flexibility in developing a program of study suited to career goals in the chosen area of study.

M.S. Program Requirements
CourseCodes*Credits
LSA 640Research Methods 3
LSA 697Topics and Issues of Landscape Architecture 1
LSA 799Capstone or Thesis Proposal Development 3
LSA 899Master's Thesis Research 1 - 12

Students may register for LSA 899 Master’s Thesis Research as necessary for completion up to the time limit of the M.S. program. Minimum of 6 credits required.

Final Integrative Experience

M.S. students must complete an integrative experience and must complete a thesis (6 credits). The thesis may be research in which new, original knowledge is generated, it may be a study that focuses on the application of existing knowledge to a new situation, or it may combine both elements. Students must disseminate the results of their integrative studies through capstone seminars.

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Areas of Study

The landscape architecture graduate degree programs provide a well-balanced curriculum in landscape architectural design and planning, coupled with opportunities to pursue individualized advanced study in a broad range of topics. The diversity of faculty interests and expertise offer both M.L.A. and M.S. students opportunities for in-depth exploration in three areas of study: community design and planning, cultural landscape conservation, and landscape and urban ecology.

Community Design and Planning (M.L.A., M.S.)

The purpose of this area is to address design, planning and research with regard to human settlements including discrete traditional communities such as cities, towns, hamlets, and their hinterlands; regional and rural communities connected to agriculture, watersheds and forests; and specialized communities such as institutional and corporate campuses, co-housing and new towns.

Cultural Landscape Studies and Conservation (M.L.A., M.S.)

This area addresses a range of issues germane to the developmental and interpretive history of the cultural landscape. At its most fundamental level, the study area prepares students to address preservation planning and management for a range of cultural landscape types including historic sites and settlements, designed landscapes and vernacular landscapes. There is also a growing set of interdisciplinary methods relevant to cultural landscape studies such as critical history, landscape representation, media, visual perception and reception of landscapes, interpretation, narrative and participatory design. Graduate students may explore and/or integrate these methods with design and preservation practices.

Landscape and Urban Ecology (M.L.A., M.S.)

The purpose of this area of study is to address a range of theoretical and practical applications in landscape and urban ecosystems as they relate to the practice of landscape architecture and community design. In this contemporary interdisciplinary approach, students will learn about the structure, heterogeneity and ecological processes of a broad range of natural, modified and urban landscapes. People are recognized as an integral part of the landscape and are included as a major focus of research and practice.

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Doctoral Level Studies

Doctoral level studies in landscape architecture may be tailored in connection with the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science (GPES). Please see The Division of Environmental Science section of this catalog.


* Special Course Codes (Code indicates course meets certain program or accreditation requirements. Ignore if there is no relevance to this program of study.) G = General Education Course (GenEd), E = Engineering, ES = Engineering Sciences, M = Mathematic, NS = Natural Sciences, PE = Professional Education


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