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  • DesignIntelligence ranks ESF's LA undergraduate program at #13 in the U.S. and #3 in the east. The grad program also comes in at #13 nationally.
  • U.S. News called Landscape Architect a Best Career 3 times in the last 5 years!
  • The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that demand for landscape architecture services will grow by an astonishing 16% by 2016!

Giving to Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture Department Funds

Department funds provide support for student and faculty enrichment. Your contributions play an integral role in our continued success.

groundworkGroundwork Magazine

Read Groundwork (PDF), the magazine of the ESF Department of Landscape Architecture. This latest issue features an alumni profile of Robert Page, an update on the Center for Community Design Research, coverage of the "Mission Geneva Green Team," and more.

LA Events

Capstone Seminar - Matthew Cripps
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:00 am - 11:00 am. 105 Marshall Hall.

Capstone Seminar - Emma Antolos
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 am - 10:30 am. 432 Baker Lab.

Thesis Defense -- Emily Gates
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:30 am - 11:30 am. 326 Marshall Hall.

Capstone Talk: Marvin J. Montefrio, "Growing Low Carbon Commodities in Upland Philippines"
Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:30 am - 10:30 am. Moon Library 110. Further information

LA News

· SUNY-ESF Survey: Financial Concerns, Old Habits Hinder Green Building

("The biggest impediments to widespread adoption of green construction practices are the cost - either real or imagined - of incorporating more environmentally friendly features into construction projects and a lack of understanding about what can and should be done, according to a survey of attendees at the New York State Green Building Conference." 4/8/14) READ MORE

· Doug Johnston speaks at SUNY Green Infrastructure Summit

(A photo gallery of Doug Johnston and others speakers who presented at the SUNY Green Infrastructure Summit on Thursday. 4/18/14) READ MORE

· Paul Crovella and graduate student Michelle Tinner on Bridge Street

(Paul Crovella and graduate student Michelle Tinner were on Bridge Street on WSYR TV this morning to talk about ESF's entry in the Home Design Competition. Click to watch the segment. 4/8/14) READ MORE

· ESF Receives $2.4M Gift, Largest in College History

· showcases some of the best products from the Green Building Conference

("Sure, the annual New York State Green Building Conference taking place in downtown Syracuse offers plenty of workshops on things like carbon neutral structural systems and operational sustainability strategies. But what about cool green products?" 3/28/14) READ MORE

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The Department of
Landscape Architecture

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.

Size and Diversity of Faculty

The SUNY-ESF program is one of the largest in the United States, with 20 full-time and part-time faculty. Faculty interests range from materials and construction to regional planning, from ecological planning to urban design, from theoretical landscapes to historic preservation.

Areas of Study

The large and diverse faculty offer not only a wide range of foundation courses necessary for professional preparation, but also four strong areas of study that encourage in-depth exploration in ecological design and planning, community design and planning, and cultural landscape conservation.

Relationship to Syracuse University

SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University reside on the same campus together. Students at SUNY-ESF may take courses from Syracuse University at no additional cost. This allows each institution to contribute to the programs of the other. As a result, students in landscape architecture not only benefit from the broad range of environmental science programs at SUNY-ESF, but also from the architecture, interior design, visual and performing arts, geography, anthropology, art history, foreign languages, and other programs at Syracuse University.

International Connections

Since 1970 the Landscape Architecture program has required a semester of off campus study for BLA candidates, and graduate students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this program as well. The Department of Landscape Architecture is well traveled and has developed long-term contacts throughout Europe, Latin America, East Asia, and elsewhere. In recent years, graduate students have conducted independent research in Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Wales, Northern Ireland, Indonesia, Spain, and Canada.

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