Landscape architecture encompasses the design, analysis, planning, management, and stewardship of sustainable environments. Landscape architects design and engage the landscape across a wide range of projects and scales - from garden to plaza, to park, to entire regional landscapes. Projected demand for landscape architectural services outpaces current supply, and is expected to remain strong with a growing emphasis on sustainable design.
Graduates can look forward to many employment and professional opportunities including work in private practice, multidisciplinary firms, and public agencies.
Virginia Tech offers an accredited five-year bachelor of landscape architecture degree in a highly selective program in the School of Architecture + Design. Students are educated to be independent thinkers in a program where theoretical and applied approaches to design are emphasized. Students often work with communities addressing real issues on actual sites. The studio sequence culminates in a year-long capstone project developed with a faculty advisor.
The program provides:
- opportunities to specialize in site design, urban design, ecological design, environmental planning and design, and regional landscape planning;
- an environment for collaborative learning with other disciplines in the School of Architecture + Design;
- access to state-of-the-art technology and resources;
- opportunities for education abroad in Europe and Asia;
- opportunities for professional internships;
- pre-professional experience through the college's Community Design Assistance Center;
- preparation for a profession that is licensed/certified in 49 states;
- opportunities for further study at advanced degree levels.