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Bachelor of
Landscape Architecture

Consider Landscape Architecture


At ESF, we combine the issues of nature, craft, art, technology, science, and professionalism into a program that is designed to help prepare you for a career in the field of landscape architecture. The fact that these issues are broad in scope mirrors the profession of landscape architecture. We give you the framework which allows you to discover your own unique interest within the field, and will guide you to help you achieve your goals.

Animals and plants of a forest


The practice of Landscape Architecture is deeply dependent upon both an understanding of, and sensitivity for nature and ecology. Landscape architects today are poised as leaders in a world faced with environmental challenges of great complexity and scope, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Primary productivity in the Hudson River Estuary


Digital technology provides landscape architects with tools for understanding, visualizing, and predicting change in complex natural and built environments. Landscape Architects use a variety of technologies, including Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D Modeling and Fabrication, Geographic Information Systems, and Digital Imaging and Publishing.

biking in the city


Just as an understanding of nature is important to the landscape architect, understanding the people for which designed environments are intended is every bit as critical. In a world which is rapidly evolving toward a global economy, cultural awareness is even more significant as a factor in successful design.


Landscape Architecture is a licensed profession serving the public in a variety of roles, including services such as site design and planning, urban design, community design, city planning, environmental planning and restoration, historic preservation planning, and a multitude of specialty services in both private firms and public agencies.

What will I get?

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).


Landscape Architecture is a licensed profession in all 50 states. The major objective of the B.L.A. program is to develop basic proficiency in design, engineering and communication skills necessary for formal admission into the profession of landscape architecture. When the prerequisite period of work experience has been completed, a person holding a B.L.A. degree may apply to take the examination leading to a license to practice landscape architecture. At present, the State of New York requires those holding a five-year B.L.A. degree to complete a three-year period of internship in the field prior to applying for the licensing examination. Other states have varying requirements for obtaining licensure (Refer to this ASLA page).

What is Landscape Architecture?

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