Adopted 2019 

Program Mission

The mission of the Landscape Architecture Program at The University of Texas at Austin is to create and share knowledge for advancing the discipline and profession of landscape architecture in order to help individuals, communities, and societies achieve their sociocultural aspirations through the design and stewardship of the environment at all scales. 

Program Vision

The Program’s vision is to educate generations of professionals who will become leaders in an increasingly complex world, enabled to meet societies' fundamental health, safety, and welfare needs while creating futures that are equitable, resilient, and inspiring. 

 

FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES

Landscape is our object

  • Landscape is perceived through interrelationships between performance and appearance. 
  • Landscape is understood through interrelationships between site and self. 
  • Landscape is evolved through interrelationships between biophysical processes and sociocultural practices. 

Design is our involvement

  • Design motives stem from ambitions to improve current conditions. 

  • Design thinking combines analysis and composition to comprehend, critique, and respond to complex conditions. 

  • Design agency is advanced by inclusive engagement, reflective practices, and rigorous research.

Improving the public realm is our contribution

  • The designed public landscape provides ecosystem services and civic infrastructure. 
  • The designed public landscape promotes personal well-being and social benefit. 
  • The designed public landscape becomes meaningful by being purposeful, responsible, and lasting.