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About 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.

The 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.

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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, Bulgaria,Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Wales, Northern Ireland, Indonesia, Spain, Chile, and Canada.