The Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture seeks to educate professional landscape architects with rigorous design capabilities, and a deep understanding of the natural environment, who apply that knowledge toward the construction of landscapes that advance both critical inquiry and current practice. The program addresses problems and opportunities facing the natural and built environment, and hence the quality of life.
The Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture is situated within the School of Architecture's rigorous design climate, whereby the concentration of graduate programs fosters an environment of learning and interdisciplinary collaboration. Landscape architecture, architecture, community and regional planning, urban design, historic preservation, sustainable design, and architectural history form the core of the design community. The program is further intensified by its ties to the university's Department of Geography, which offers courses in Ecology and Cultural Geography; the College of Natural Sciences, which offers courses in Botany and Horticulture; and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, as a research unit of the School of Architecture and the College of Natural Sciences, provides teaching faculty and a unique learning landscape.
The Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin was established in 2002, accepted its first students in May 2003, and began instruction in the first professional degree program the following September. September of 2004 welcomed the first class of post professional degree students in Landscape Architecture and marked the submission of our "Application for Candidacy" to the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board [LAAB]. In September of 2005, the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture was granted Candidacy Status to the course of study leading to the first professional degree of Master of Landscape Architecture. Candidacy Status signals the program's ability to proceed towards professional accreditation from the LAAB in Spring of 2006. The Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture was awarded accreditation in January of 2006 by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board [LAAB]. Past and future graduates of the Master of Landscape Architecture, First Professional Degree are permitted to seek professional licensure from the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards [CLARB]. The accreditation process, which involves an independent assessment by the LAAB, ensures that the program of study leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture, First Professional Degree conforms to the profession's rigorous educational standards.
The Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture adheres to the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program Policy Statement established by The University of Texas at Austin.